At their 2019 Toronto ComiCon Q&A panel, bestselling authors Lesley Livingston (Wondrous Strange), Ann Aguirre (Razorland) and E.K Johnston (Star Wars) insightfully and humorously discuss their creative process, writing in general and the difference between working in established universes and creating their own.
Lesley Livingston is an award-winning Canadian author of twelve books to date who specializes in teen fiction and is best known for her “Wondrous Strange” trilogy sold in more than ten countries and optioned for film/TV by Shaftesbury Films. Her fascination with ancient Celtic and classical civilizations and recently discovered archaeological evidence inspired the story of female gladiator ‘Fallon’ in the Young Adult historical epic “The Valiant.” For almost two decades, Lesley was a principal performer in the Shakespearean ‘Tempest Theatre Group’ which specialized in performances for teen audiences, and for almost three years, she hosted weekly late-night movie marathons on the nationally broadcast Space channel show “SPACEBAR” as ‘Waitron-9000’ — a sparkly holographic waitress with an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure B-movie trivia!
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times/USA Today-bestselling American speculative/genre fiction author who writes urban fantasy, romantic science fiction, apocalyptic paranormal romance (with co-author Carrie Lofty as Ellen Connor), paranormal romantic suspense (as Ava Gray) and post-apocalyptic dystopian young adult fiction. Her eclectic career has included stints as a clown, clerk, stray kittens’ savior and voice actress.
Canadian author E.K. Johnston’s books range from contemporary fantasy (The Story of Owen, Prairie Fire) to fairy-tale reimaginings (A Thousand Nights, Spindle), and from small town Ontario (Exit, Pursued By A Bear) to a galaxy far, far away (Star Wars: Ahsoka). She had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. Follow Kate on Twitter (@ek_johnston) to learn more about Alderaanian political theory than you really need to know.