JF Garrard

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J F Garrard is a Chinese Canadian editor, novelist, writer of speculative fiction and founder of Dark Helix Press, an indie publisher that specializes in multicultural fantasy, science fiction, and “raw non-fiction.” She is interested in increasing awareness of diversity issues and breaking down cultural stereotypes through her dark stories. Garrard was born in Toronto and earned a bachelor degree in Nuclear medicine (University of Toronto) prior to earning an MBA in Marketing and Strategy at York University. She is currently working on a Creative Writing certificate from Ryerson University.

Garrard currently serves as a Senior Editor for Ricepaper Magazine, Editor in chief for the Dark Helix Ezine, and Assistant Editor for Amazing Stories Magazine. For the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop she works as a Festival Coordinator for the annual LiterASIAN Toronto, an extension of the existing LiterASIAN festival in Vancouver which celebrates the best in Asian Canadian arts. Recently she was made Co-President of the Canadian Authors Association's Toronto Branch and organizes events for writers and editors on behalf of the association.

Her latest project is “Immersion: Love, Fantasy, Science” an anthology of speculative fiction stories to be published in the summer of 2019 which she will be editing with fellow Ricepaper Magazine staff Allan Cho and William Tham.

Short Fiction

• “The Intruder”, Strange Constellations, Asterism Press (forthcoming 2019) • “The Metamorphosis of Nova”, Blood Is Thicker: An Anthology of Twisted Family Traditions, Iguana Books (2018) • “The Perfect Husband”, We Shall Be Monsters: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Two Centuries On, Renaissance Press (2018) • “My Girl”, Sirens Call Publications’ E-zine Issue 37 Women In Horror Month, Sirens Call Publications (2018) • “Designing Fate”, Ricepaper (2014)


• Currents: A Ricepaper Anthology, Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (2017) • Trump: Utopia or Dystopia Anthology, Dark Helix Press (2017) (Editor) • Feeding The Kraken!: Parent Tested Recipes To Feed What Some Call Children!, Dark Helix Press (2016) • The Literary Elephant, Dark Helix Press (2015) • The Undead Sorceress, Dark Helix Press (2014)

Selected Articles

• “Interview with Comedy Legend Margaret Cho”, Ricepaper (2018) • “Interview with Canadian Film Director Sherren Lee”, Ricepaper (2018) • “Interview with kawaii entrepreneur Jasmine Mowgen”, Ricepaper (2018) • “Angelic Pretty: Lolita Fashion”, Ricepaper (2018) • “Simu Liu and Tina Jung, Behind the Scenes of Meeting Mommy”, Ricepaper (2018) • “Interview: FOONYAP, musician, Polaris 2017 Award nominee”, Ricepaper (2018) • “Reel Asian Dispatch: Stand Up Man”, Ricepaper (2017) • “Reel Asian Dispatch: Bad Genius”, Ricepaper (2017) • “INTERVIEW: Simu Liu, Kim’s Convenience Actor”, Ricepaper (2017) • “The Year Christmas Got Canceled”, Renaissance Press (2017) • “Save a Life, Stop Being Asian”, Ricepaper (2016) • “Royalties – JF Garrard Breaks it Down”, Authors Helping Authors (2014) • “Picking an eBook Distributor”, Authors Helping Authors (2014) • “How To Make A Book Trailer For Free”, Indie Pubchat (2014) • “Tips for Running a Crowd Funding Campaign”, Authors Helping Authors (2013)

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