Welcome Wednesday has rolled around once again. (Is it just me, or are the weeks flying by? SiWC will be here before we know it!)
I have a handful of presenters to introduce to you today. What strikes me about all of them - and all our presenters - is what multi-facted, multi-talented people they are. It's a good reminder to me when I look at their bios: step away from the computer once in awhile and fill the well with other inspirations.
Meet Mary Robinette Kowal, Verna Dreisbach, I.J. Schecter, Kari-Lynn Winters, and Sean Cranbury.
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010). In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories from Subterranean.
Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She also records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.
She is the Vice President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Mary lives in Portland, OR with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Welcome, Mary!
Verna Dreisbach, of Dreisbach Literary Management, is an agent, writer and educator. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English, giving her an edge in the editorial process. She teaches through the University of California Davis Extension and is the editor of Why We Ride: Women Writers on the Horses in their Lives, published by Seal Press. Verna is the founder of Capitol City Young Writers, a non-profit organization that supports and encourages creative writing in aspiring youth. Through her agency, Verna represents both fiction and non-fiction authors with a particular interest in books with a political, economic or social context. She represents a variety of fiction including commercial, literary and young adult. With over 13 years as a police officer, Verna also has a genuine interest in the genres of mystery, thriller and true crime. She does not represent fantasy, sci-fi, horror, screenplay, Christian or children’s books. Welcome back, Verna!
IJ Schecter is a bestselling author, celebrated essayist, award-winning interviewer, and acclaimed ghostwriter. He is the author of the current bestseller, Slices: Observations from the Wrong Side of the Fairway (John Wiley & Sons) the popular how-to title 102 Ways to Earn Money Writing 1,500 Words or Less (F&W Media), and the much-lauded collection of speculative short stories, The Bottom of the Mug (Aegina Press). IJ is also a regular contributor to top publications throughout the world, from Today’s Parent to Today’s Bride, Maxim to Men’s Exercise, National Geographic to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and a senior writer for Fantrax.com, a leading sports website. He has written hundreds of articles on writing topics, from how to kill off useless characters to valuable writing lessons one can learn from toddlers. His “15 Ways You Know You Were Born to Write,” originally published in Writer’s Digest, remains one of the most popular writing-related pieces on the Internet. IJ is also a highly sought communications strategist, with clients spanning the globe including McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Hallmark and Fisher-Price. Welcome, IJ!
Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters is an award-winning children's author, playwright, and academic scholar. Twelve of her picture books have been published or accepted for publication. A natural storyteller and trained actor, Kari-Lynn performs at schools, libraries, literacy conventions, and festivals all over the world. Kari-Lynn is also an experienced teacher of writing, who has taught a range of students in Canada and the United States, including pre-school, special education, primary and intermediate, high school, and university teacher education. Kari-Lynn recently accepted a position at Brock University as an Assistant Professor. Her research interests are drama in education, children's literature, and multimodal forms of authorship. Welcome, Kari-Lynn!
Sean Cranbury is the writer/curator of Books on the Radio, an online source for new voices and ideas in book publishing. He is an expert in social media and community building and has been involved in the book industry as independent bookseller and publisher for 20 years. During his time as managing editor at House of Parlance Media he was an early advocate for free dissemination of digital content online via Youtube and various file sharing platforms. Sean has spoken on Digital Rights Management and the Inevitability of Free Content at BookCamp Toronto 2009 and Simon Fraser University's Digital Publishing Workshop. He is an organizer of BookCamp Vancouver 2009 Unconference. Sean lives in Vancouver where he is a freelance writer, blogger and Director of Creative Awareness | Social Media Strategist for the Vancouver Biennale 2009 - 2011. Welcome back, Sean!