Feeling Generous...

Happy Tuesday to you. There's a hint of sunshine here on the west coast, and it's put me in a generous mood. And what better way to give than to share not one, not two, but THREE of this year's presenters with you. (Hey, it's our blog, and we'll ramble if we want to! *g*)

Picking names out of a hat this afternoon, I've come up with an author, an agent, and an editor. Pretty good hat action, don't you think? I hope you're as excited to meet them as we are to introduce them to you.

First up, a warm welcome for author Daniel Kalla:

Born, raised, and still residing in Vancouver, Kalla spends his days (and sometimes nights) working as an ER Physician in an urban teaching hospital. He has written five science thrillers and or medical mysteries, delving into themes and topics as diverse as superbugs, drug addiction,
prions, DNA evidence, pandemics and patient abuse. His sixth book, OF FLESH AND BLOOD, features two multi-generational families, a major West Coast medical center and interwoven storylines. His books have been translated into ten languages, and two have been optioned for
feature films.

Kalla’s latest, THE FAR SIDE OF THE SKY, is a historical novel set in Second World War Shanghai, against the dramatic backdrop of converging cultures and ideologies.

Daniel received his MD from the University of British Columbia. He is married and the proud
father of two girls in a home predominated by the XX chromosome (even his beloved Labrador
retriever, Lola, is female.) 

Welcome, Dan!

Next, we are delighted to have agent Suzie Townsend of FinePrint Literary Management joining us this year:

Suzie represents adult and children’s fiction. She is actively looking to build her adult list and is specifically interested in romance (historical and paranormal), and fantasy (urban fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, epic fantasy). She also loves Middle Grade and YA novels (allsubgenres, but particularly literary projects).

Recent sales and forthcoming titles include A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang (Pocket,January 2011), Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz (Simon Pulse, April 2011), And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky (summer 2011),Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers (Tor, summer 2011), Zombie Tag by Hannah Moskowitz (Roaring Brook, fall 2011), Tempest by Julie Cross (St. Martin’s Press, fall 2011), All These Lives by Sarah Wylie (FSG, winter 2012), Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson(Harper, winter 2012), The Alchemy of Falling Girls by Cat Hellisen (FSG, spring 2012), May Queen by Ruth Long (Dial, summer 2012), and False Memory by Dan Krokos (Hyperion, summer 2012).

She’s interested in strong characters and voice driven stories: she’s particularly keen on strong female protagonists, complex plot lines with underlying political, moral, or philosophical issues, and stories which break out of the typical tropes of their genre. Some of her favorites are When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series, and Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series.

She drinks too much diet orange soda, has a Starbucks problem (those soy chai lattes are addictive), and lives in Brooklyn with two dogs who know that chewing on shoes is okay but chewing on books is not.

Welcome, Suzie!

Finally, for today, we're so pleased to have the terrific Valerie Gray with us this year:

Valerie Gray - is the Executive Editor for MIRA Books and Spice Books, both imprints of Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. in Toronto, Canada. Her long and varied career has included work in education, the CBC and the film industry, all of which have involved telling stories of one sort or another. Since coming to publishing eleven years ago, she has assisted
the careers of several New York Times bestselling authors and has worked with many others who write in a variety of genres, including commercial literary fiction, historical fiction, romantic suspense and paranormal fiction. Her mantra is:“The reason I come to work every day is to discover a new voice, and to be re-inspired by an established author.”

A warm SiWC welcome to Dan, Suzie, and Valerie. We can't wait to see you in October!

More soon...