The Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games is pleased to continue the tradition of the Authors Series that began in the 1990’s with the arrival of Diana Gabaldon.

We hope you will enjoy hearing the readings from and meeting these exciting authors. Come out and make our Featured Guests welcome on their first visit to our festival! You will find them at the scheduled sessions in the Sportsplex, and at other venues on the festival grounds throughout the weekend. In addition, the Festival is pleased to support some local authors who have that touch of Scotland in their works!

A limited number of the authors’ books will be for sale on-site at the Author Series concession booth during the Games, and in Fergus’ St. Andrew’s Crossing neighbourhood at The Bookery for a few days in advance of the festival (to guarantee your copy, you may wish to call The Bookery to reserve, or order online).

Come get up close and personal with our Featured Guests and local authors. Hear excerpts from their works from the authors themselves, then come meet the authors and get your books or other items signed. There is no additional fee for meeting our Featured Guests and local authors, it’s all included in the price of your regular admission ticket!  Books are not included in the ticket price. You may bring your own copies, and a limited number of the authors’ books will be for sale on-site in the concession area during the Games, and in Fergus’ St. Andrew’s Crossing neighbourhood at The Bookery for a few days in advance of the festival (to guarantee your copy, you may wish to call The Bookery to reserve, or order online). If you want to ensure your spot in line for these sessions, come pick up a reservation card from the volunteers in the Author Series concession booth on the festival grounds. Otherwise, admission is as time and space permits after the reservation card holders.

The Featured Guests will have a short reading followed by a meet and greet at various venues on the Festival grounds. Come out and hear excerpts from their works from the authors themselves, followed by a question & answer session. To get items signed, we recommend you attend one of the sessions in the Sportsplex, where there will be more time for personal interactions. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

These free events are fully sponsored by the Festival.  There is no fee associated with these sessions, and you do not have to buy a ticket to the Games to attend. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You may bring your own copies for signing, or if you wish to buy works to have signed, a limited number of copies will be available across the street at The Bookery.

Local Authors: Come support our Centre Wellington authors! The authors will be meeting their fans in the Fergus Library on Friday, and in the Sportsplex on Saturday afternoon (check the schedule for exact times). You are also welcome to come meet them and buy your personalized signed copies at the Author Series concession booth on the festival grounds.

Are you writing a book? Thinking about writing? Want to meet and get encouragement, tips, and tricks from published authors? Join us in the Sportsplex at noon on Saturday to network, and meet your peers.  We’d love to see you become a future part of the Author Series of our Games!

Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May is the author of the YA fantasy trilogy The Falconer (The Falconer, The Vanishing Throne, The Fallen Kingdom), short fiction published in the anthology Toil & Trouble, and the upcoming adult sci-fi novel Seven Devils.

She was born and raised in California before moving to Scotland, where she earned her PhD at the University of St Andrews.

She currently resides in Edinburgh, Scotland, with her husband and two cats.

Claire McFall

Claire McFall is a writer and former English teacher who lives in the Scottish Borders.

Her first book, FERRYMAN is a love story which retells the ancient Greek myth of Charon, the ferryman of Hades who transported souls to the underworld. The novel has been shortlisted for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards and long-listed for the UKLA (UK Literary Association) Book Awards, as well as nominated for the CARNEGIE MEDAL. Film rights for FERRYMAN have been bought up by Legendary Entertainment, and Kelly Marcel, writer of VENOM 2, is contracted to direct the movie.

Debutante by day. Murderess by night. Edinburgh’s only hope.

Edinburgh, 1844. Beautiful Aileana Kameron only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. In fact, she’s spent the year since her mother died developing her ability to sense the presence of Sithichean, a faery race bent on slaughtering humans. She has a secret mission: to destroy the faery who murdered her mother. But when she learns she’s a Falconer, the last in a line of female warriors and the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity, her quest for revenge gets a whole lot more complicated. 

The second book in the Falconer trilogy is packed with surprises and suspense. Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the portal that she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes up in the fae world, trapped and tortured by the evil Lonnrach. With the help of an unexpected ally, Aileana re-enters the human world, only to find everything irrevocably changed. Edinburgh has been destroyed, and the few human survivors are living in an uneasy truce with the fae, while both worlds are in danger of disappearing altogether. Aileana holds the key to saving both worlds, but in order to do so she must awaken her latent Falconer powers. And the price of doing that might be her life.

Aileana Kameron, resurrected by ancient fae magic, returns to the world she once knew with no memory of her past and with dangerous powers she struggles to control. Desperate to break the curse that pits two factions of the fae against each other in a struggle that will decide the fate of the human and fae worlds, her only hope is hidden in an ancient book guarded by the legendary Morrigan, a faery of immense power and cruelty. To save the world and the people she loves, Aileana must learn to harness her dark new powers even as they are slowly destroying her.

Based on the Greek myth of Charon, the ferryman who transported souls to the afterlife, the FERRYMAN trilogy follows the journey of Dylan, a fifteen-year-old girl whose train ride to Aberdeen to meet her father ends in tragedy. Crossing the wasteland with her guide, Tristan, she falls in love and is unable to let him go. However, the afterlife exists in a delicate balance, and by refusing to accept her fate, or the fate of her ferryman, Dylan upsets that balance and must find a way to fight for her life, and her love.

Her second novel, BOMBMAKER, was released by Templar Publishing in February 2014 and deals with terrorism and survival.

BLACK CAIRN POINT, released in 2015, won the inaugural Scottish Teenage Book Prize and is a paranormal thriller. TRESPASSERS, the sequel to FERRYMAN, was released by Floris Books in 2017 and in March 2019, OUTCASTS was released, completing the trilogy.

Friday Schedule

Authors at the Fergus Library

11:00-12:00 – Elizabeth May

12:00-12:30 – Robert Grant

12:30-1:30 –  Claire McFall

1:30-2:00 – Jennifer Vettor

2:00-2:30 – Dianne Narrol

2:30-3 ;00 – Albert Marsolais

Saturday Schedule

10:00-11:30 – Reading and book signing, Elizabeth May, Sportsplex

12:00-1:00 – Aspiring Author Networking Event

11:00-11:30 – Claire McFall, Heritage Village

1:00-2:30 – Reading and book signing, Claire McFall, Sportsplex

1:00-1:30 – Elizabeth May, Heritage Village

1:40-2:00 – Elizabeth May, Highland Pub

2:30-3:00 – Reading and book signing, Jennifer Vettor (Adult Only), Sportsplex

3:30-4:00 – Reading and book signing, Albert Marsolais, Sportsplex

4:00-4:30 – Reading and book signing, Robert Grant, Sportsplex

4:30-5:30 – Book Signing, Elizabeth May and Claire McFall, Sportsplex

6:00-6:30 – Reading and book signing, Dianne Narrol, Sportsplex

Sunday Schedule

10:00-11:00 – Reading and book signing, Elizabeth May

11:00-11:30 – Claire McFall, Heritage Village

11:30-12:00 – Claire McFall, Highland Pub

1:00-2:00 – Reading and book signing, Claire McFall

1:15-1:45 – Elizabeth May, Heritage Village

Robert Grant

Robert Grant is retired lawyer living in Fergus and South Hampton. His love of history, writing, law and the game of curling have blended to produce this work. His studies took him through those disciplines at University. He always harbored a desire to tell a make-up story He has curled internationally particularly in Scotland and dealt with tangled estates in his law practice. The joy of writing motivates him through the chapters touching on many mainstream issue of the time. The epilogue of this book begs a sequel.

Albert Marsolais

Albert Anthony Marsolais is a retired scientist and businessman who lives in Canada.

D.L. Narrol

D.L. Narrol has been a published author for ten years.  Her time-travel novel series visit several historic periods, via time machine.  Her novels are set mostly in Great Britain, with a Celtic-rooted male protagonist.  Her books visit many times in history, where her time travelers are faced with the unthinkable.  

She has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Geography, where her novels have vivid descriptions of terrain, cityscapes and climate.  Her world travels show up in all her books. 

Narrol attended university in London, England; she has spent much time in Scotland, England, and Ireland in search of stone circles.  A fun thread that runs through Narrol’s books is old Celtic songs; where the reader can sing along. 

D.L. (Dianne) was born and raised in Toronto; she’s a tree-hugger and green is her favourite color. 

Jennifer Vettor

Jennifer Vettor is a story-teller, who lives in Centre Wellington, Ontario, Canada with her husband. From as early as she can remember her passion has been writing provocative novels, with richly developed characters her readers will fall in love with. She believes a good story is one that stirs up emotion, forcing the reader to root for the protagonist, relating to them long after the last page has been turned. Writing modern day romances, with a dash of spice is her forte, but she also enjoys dabbling in other genres.

For several years, Jennifer has been ghost-writing for a popular USA Today bestselling author. This positive experience has allowed her to build confidence while honing her skills. Now that her children have launched into their own lives, she has more time to focus on telling stories.

“Fated” is her first published novel, but look for more releases in the future.