Steven Biggs

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Grow Gardeners. Kid-Tested Gardening with Children: A 4-Step Approach. It’s non-fiction.

Quick description: I’m very excited about this book because it’s a project I undertook with my nine-year-old daughter, Emma. She illustrated and wrote captions. We help adults make gardening engaging for kids.


Brief biography:
I studied horticulture at the University of Guelph and worked in horticulture and farm marketing for a while. But I recreated myself as a work-from-home parent and farm/food/garden writer when my wife and I started a family. I am a contributing editor with the Canadian farm-business magazine, Country Guide.

Since co-authoring No Guff Vegetable Gardening and writing Grow Figs Where You Think You Can’t, I have been doing a lot of garden talks and workshops.

Links to buy Steven’s book:
Steven Bigg’s website
No Guff Gardening website
Grow Figs website
Grow Gardeners website

Steven’s promo links:
Facebook – Steven Biggs, Grow Figs, Garden Coaches Chat

What are you working on now?
I am working on a kids non-fiction about insects; and on a book to follow in the footsteps of Grow Figs Where You Think You Can’t—looking at fruit that people in cold climates would like to grow but don’t think they can.

Steven’s reading recommendation:
Any Roald Dahl. I wish he had written gardening books.

Robert Runté

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? “Estate Planning for Authors” in Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers, edited by Christine Redman-Waldeyer and Carole Smallwood. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press (Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield) – NonFiction: “How To”

Quick description: My article introduces the topic of estate planning as something writers should be thinking about, since handling one’s literary estate is very different than disposing of more mundane items like a house or car.

The other 26 chapters in the collection are filled with tips on how to write by successful authors from across a variety of genres and communities. Together, they provide a pretty realistic portrayal of the challenges / obstacles aspiring writers face. This collection is aimed at writers starting after retirement, but most of the advice would be applicable to everyone.


Robert also contributed to the anthology, They have to Take You In, already featured on Reading Recommendations.

Brief biography:
Associate professor at University of Lethbridge; Senior Editor Five Rivers Publishing; Freelance editor at Full bio can be found at here.

Links to buy Robert’s book:
Amazon – eBook, paperback, hardcover
Chapters/Indigo – hardcover

Robert’s promo links: provides developmental editing / writing coach site with some helpful articles for writers from an editor’s perspective
Editorial Blog
Five Rivers Publishing where Robert is Senior Editor

What are you working on now?
I’m finishing up some CanLit short stories…and starting on the revisions to my SF novel. As an editor, I know every manuscript has to be revised; as a writer, I don’t want to do it! Fortunately, found a compatible, high quality editor who is at least helping me focus the process in on ‘surgical strikes’ that should cut down somewhat on the collateral damage….

I’m also editing the second volume of John Poulsen’s Shakespeare for Reader’s Theatre, and the latest Dave Duncan novel.

Robert’s reading recommendation:
I would like to recommend Shakespeare for Slackers by Aaron Kite. So funny! I gave a copy to my daughter and her entire IB English class sat around the hallways reading out passages from the original Shakespeare play, and then Aaron’s modern “translation” of the same passages. Shakespeare meets punk rock…

And before I published his promotion, Robert received this wonderful news!

Surprised and delighted to have won an Aurora Award this year [for “Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading”, Scholar Keynote Address at ACCSFF ’13, Toronto–published in Recent Perspectives on the Canadian Fantastic: Selected Papers from ACCSFF. Allan Weiss, ed. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland, 2014. (in press)].

With me in the photo is legendary author William Gibson, who was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association Hall of Fame.


Congratulations, Robert!