JF Garrard

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JF Garrard



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 the Co-President of the Canadian Authors Association's Toronto Branch, Deputy 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. She organizes many events for writers and editors on behalf of both the Canadian Authors Association and Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop.

Short Fiction

• "The Blue Son", Winner of Channillo Short Story Contest (2020) • “The Intruder”, Strange Constellations, Asterism Press (2019) • “The Curse”, Brave New Girls: Adventures of Gals and Gizmos anthology (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)


• Immersion: An Asian Anthology of Love, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction, Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop & Dark Helix Press (2019) (Editor) • 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)