Engen Books is an independent publishing company based out of Newfoundland, Canada. It was started in 2007 by Matthew LeDrew and is currently run by LeDrew and partner Ellen Curtis.
Our mission is to promote literary expression and the medium of literature, regardless of genre, setting, or style. We believe that when you limit an author by geography or genre you are also limiting that author’s imagination, and thus limiting what you believe that author is capable of imagining. We believe that independent authors from Atlantic Canada and the world over offer some of the best, most imaginative, most exciting, and transcendent fiction available on the market.
As one of the few publishers in the region not limited by genre, our library currently is largely made up of titles and genres that are not available anywhere else: adventure, thriller, science-fiction, and fantasy. Despite this, we are dedicated to publishing good fiction from any genre.
We are committed to encouraging other authors in the independent market to express themselves via their art, and promote other authors via both our Other Indie series of book reviews and the From the Rock series, a yearly anthology series featuring the best of independent fiction in a specific genre. The next edition, focusing on the fantasy genre, will be available April 28 2017 and the deadline for entrants closes December 31, 2016. For full entry criteria, click here.
Andrea Hackett has always been told she had a wild imagination. It was only natural that as soon as she learned to write sentences that she started to put her imagination onto paper and share them with others.
She currently resides in Outer Cove with her son, step daughter, and fiancé.
Darren Hann grew up in the small town of Old Shop, leaving at age eighteen and moved to St. John’s / Mount Pearl, where he has resided since.
His first published story was Sci-Fi from the Rock, published in April 2010.
Born and raised in St. John’s, Steve Lake was first published in 2010 with his short story Legacy of the Full Moon. He is a part of the editing team at Engen Books whose editing credits include all Black Womb books after Roulette, as well as Infinity. He has been a fan of science-fiction from a young age, including giant robots, star-ships, alien creatures, vampires, and werewolves.
Melanie Collins is a 22 year old Animal Groomer whose love of dogs and Pokemon is rivaled only by her addiction to the purest form of art: Bacon. Always having a distant interest in writing she was selfish, and as such only ever wrote for the benefit of herself and a very small group of choice friends over the years.
Mark Todd is a native of Devon in the West Country of England. His sole previous writing credit before More Sci-Fi from the Rock is a poem published in 1995. He currentlylives in St. Johns, Newfoundland.
Justin Foley is an actor and film-maker from in St. John’s. He became the editor for the Engen Bytes series of videos promoting Engen writers and artists. His first Engen writing credit was Earthdeath: Chrysalis from More Sci-Fi from the Rock .
Jay Paulin is best known for co-creating the annual charity anthology What the Wild Things Read that shines a spotlight on up-and-coming creators, many from the Maritimes, and is the founder of Ink’d Well Comics.
Born and raised in Grand Falls-Windsor, Sarah graduated from the journalism program at the College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville. She spent seven years as a broadcast journalist across Newfoundland and Labrador as well as for Fort McMurray, Alberta. She started writing poetry and short stories in a number of different genres at a young age. Reamers is her first published work, but only the first in a series of short stories developed around the Reamers.
Tara Murphy has worked in film and television since she moved to Toronto in 2002. She studied makeup at Complections International, and even before graduation she found employment in shops and on set.
Megan Milner grew up in a small town in New Brunswick, later moving to an even smaller town in southern Nova Scotia. Having to rely purely on her imagination for entertainment, she started writing at the age of 8. She currently resides in Halifax where her love for fantasy and sci-fi inspired her to start writing once again.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Leanne Chatham-Milo developed a love of genre very early in life thanks to the influence of her family. Writing is a new addition to her hobbies and one that she hopes to further cultivate.
In her reality, Randi Livingstone grew up in a tiny community and escaped to a small city by her larger than life dreams. Bluenose Paradox marks the beginning of her conviction to stop stealing from the lives of other author’s characters and start stealing from the lives of her own.