FicFest – Meet the Team




Introducing the fabulous, smashing, most definitely charming Team England! I like to think we’ve got all the class and a little bit of that cheeky, dry humor. Plus some of us really really like tea (not naming names, ahem).

Without further mumbling and stammering, here is Team England in all its glory!


Team Leader:

E. Latimer

E.-Latimer2E. Latimer is a young adult/middle grade fantasy writer and literary intern who was born and raised in Victoria, BC and recently moved to Vancouver. She writes books, makes silly vlogs with the YA Word Nerds about writing and reads excessively.

You can find out more by following her on twitter at @ELatimerWrites

E’s Wish List:

  • Creepy, whimsical MG with strains of dark magic (think Coraline, The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events).
  • Quirky, fun MG with a classic feel to it (think The Kneebone Boy, by Ellen Potter).
  • Fantasy of almost any kind.



Team Members:

Kate Saunders

Kate picKate is the editorial director for new Australian publishing house, Lakewater Press, and a freelance editor and proofreader. Her debut middle grade novel, Winell Road: Beneath the
, was published by Jet Black Publishing in 2015 and the sequel is coming soon this year. She has mentored new writers as part of Nest Pitch and Pitch Wars, and regularly judges writing contests. Originally from England, she now lives with her family on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Find Kate on twitter as @winellroad
Go to Kate’s Website:
Kate’s Wishlist:
  • Voice comes first before all else. So clear and addictive tones; precise and beautifully executed narratives. I am a sucker for dark and disturbing, but if the hook and great characterisation are apparent in those opening paragraphs, I’m in!

Ramon Ballard 

RamonRamon Ballard grew up in Salt Lake City and was invisible throughout his schooldays (due to his shyness), unfortunately he had the lonely child’s habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons. Invisibility has definite advantages, especially when combined with a vivid imagination. He created magical, fantasy worlds with magical inhabitants.

Time does not stand still. Fantasy worlds evolve into mundane, everyday life. As he grew older, his whimsical travels to far off places diminished and his invisibility slowly faded into visibility. All foolish realms were forgotten, pushed into the furthest regions of his mind. Ramon grew up, but a small part of his mind, the part stuffed to overflowing with imaginary worlds, refused to get older. It appears as if he had a Peter Pan soul.

Ramon would tell the stories, once only heard by his imaginary friends to his own children. Alas children, like time, do not stand still, and grow too old for such nonsense. But for some reason he still loved his stories and would tell my wife “one day I will write a great children’s novel.”

One day Ramon’s life changed forever when his lovely wife told him to “shut up and write.” It seems that life has a way of going in full circles, late at night Ramon finds himself holding conversations with imaginary persons.

The rest is or will be history.

Follow Ramon on twitter at @raballard

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Ramon’s Wishlist:

  • Anything fantasy. Something my grandchildren would love to read (when they’re older). From dragons to dungeons, Unicorns, to a kid with an untied shoe that sends the kid to far off places. You know, fantasy





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