Derwin Mak

Derwin Mak lives in Toronto, Canada. His short story Transubstantiation won the 2006 Aurora Award for Best Short Form-Work in English. He and Eric Choi edited The Dragon and the Stars, an anthology of science fiction and fantasy by ethnic Chinese outside China, which won the 2011 Aurora Award for Best Related Work in English. His novel The Moon Under Her Feet was a finalist for the 2008 Aurora Award for Best Long-Form Work in English. Derwin also wrote articles about East Asian pop culture and anime for Parsec and Ricepaper magazines.

Derwin is a chartered professional accountant with Master’s degrees in accounting (University of Waterloo) and military studies (American Military University). He is a member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute and an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. His website is


JF Garrard

JF Garrard got into writing through reading comic books and watching movies as an escape from her mundane childhood in Toronto, Canada.  Writing has always been something she wanted to do although she was almost tossed out of her Catholic all girls high school writing club for writing dark and weird stories.  She decided to write a novel after finding out that a friend self-published a book, so she challenged herself to do the same.  She is a germaphobe with a Nuclear Medicine background and holds a MBA in Strategy/Marketing.  She volunteers annually at different Sci-Fi/Japanese Animation conventions for fun. Find her at, on Twitter @JFGarrard, Linked In, About Me and Facebook.