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J.M. Frey

Photo: Ryan Fisher 2019

J.M. is an author, fanthropologist and professional smartypants. With an MA in Communications and Culture, she’s appeared in podcasts, documentaries, and on television to discuss all things geeky through the lens of academia. She also has an addiction to scarves, Doctor Who, and tea, which may or may not all be related. Her life’s ambitions are to have stepped foot on every continent (only 3 left!)

Her debut novel Triptych was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards,  won the San Francisco Book Festival award for SF/F, was nominated for a 2011 CBC Bookie, was named one of The Advocate’s Best Overlooked Books of 2011, and garnered both a starred review and a place among the Best Books of 2011 from Publishers Weekly.

Her sophomore novel, an epic-length feminist meta-fantasy titled The Untold Tale, (book one of the Accidental Turn Series), debuted December 2015, and was followed up by The Forgotten Tale in 2016 and The Silenced Tale in 2017. 

The Skylark’s Song, book one of The Skylark’s Saga, a steampunk action novel about a girl vigilante and her mysterious rocketpack, soared into book stores in 2018, and was followed up by The Skylark’s Sacrifice in 2019.

The Skylark’s Saga was signed to a shopping agreement for an animation series in 2018, and her feature-length screenplay To A Stranger is currently in pre-production with a Toronto-based house.

She was the grateful recipient of a Toronto Arts Council Grant in 2018, and is currently working diligently to complete the granted project.

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Publications

(Back). Silver Thought Press, 2008
"Tobogganing" & “Water Garden” (Poetry), in The White Wall Review vol 32, Ryerson University Press, 2008. Ryerson University Press, 2008
Hero Is A Four Letter Word. Short Fuse, 2013
The Dark Lord and the Seamstress. CreateSpace, 2014
“The Moral of the Story”, in Wresting With Gods: Tesseracts 18. EDGE Publishing, 2015
“Zmeu” in Gods, Memes and Monsters. Stone Skin Press, 2015
Lips Like Ice (as Peggy Barnett). Circlet Press, 2015
The Untold Tale, Book #1 of the Accidental Turn series. REUTS Publications, 2015
“Bloodsuckers” and “Toronto the Rude” in The Toronto Comic Anthology. TOComix, 2015
To A Stranger. (screenplay; currently in pre-production), 2015
Ghosts, an Accidental Novella. REUTS Publications, 2016
The Forgotten Tale, Book #2 of the Accidental Turn series. REUTS Publications, 2016
“How Fanfiction Made Me Gay” in The Secret Loves of Geek Girls. Dark Horse Comics, 2016
Triptych. Dragon Moon Press / IngramSpark, 2011 / 2018
City By Night. Short Fuse , 2017
Arrivals, an Accidental Novella. REUTS Publications, 2017
The Silenced Tale, Book #3 of the Accidental Turn series. REUTS Publications, 2017
“The Promise” in Valor vol. 2: Wands. Fairylogue Press, 2018
The Skylark’s Song, Book #1 of the Skylark’s Saga. REUTS Publications, 2018
The Skylark’s Sacrifice, Book #2 of the Skylark’s Saga. REUTS Publications, 2019
“TTC Gothic” in Amazing Stories Magazine, vols 1 – 4 (comic series). Amazing Stories Magazine, 2018-2019

Awards

Triptych (Winner SF/F) for San Francisco Book Festival, 2011
Triptych (Nominated in the Bisexual & LGBT SF/F) for Lambda Literary Awards, 2011
Triptych (Nominated in SF/F) for CBC Bookie Awards, 2011
Triptych (#3 in SF/F/Hr) for Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2011, 2011
Bloodsuckers (nominated in graphic novel/comics) for Aurora Awards, 2015
To A Stranger for Official Selection - NEU WORLD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL; Official Selection & honorable mention DEPTH OF FIELD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL; Official Selection & Quarter-Finalist - CARMESI HOUSE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING CONTEST FOR DIVERSE VOICES, 2016
Lips Like Ice for Passionate Plume Finalist, 2016
Lips Like Ice for Winner - Ravishing Reads LGBTQA+ Award, 2016
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