RCN Media Authors & Illustrators

RCN Media Publishing

Our Authors & Illustrators

Colton Nelson is a novelist and script writer, and a music, web show, and short film producer and director. His extensive credits include being the creator, show runner and head script writer for the RCN Media show No Dress Code. In 2015 Colton Nelson wrote his first short story Feelings which he posted onto his online blog and it generated more than 3 million reads and sales. In 2015, Colton launched RCN Media, a publishing, marketing and distribution company for books, music, web shows, blogs, short films, and more. He currently works for RCN Media as the CEO and head of book publishing, where he is heavily involved with his and the company’s projects. Across all media, his content, both personal and for RCN Media, has been consumed more than 17.5 million times. Colton lives in British Columbia, Canada, where he is contemplating getting a duck tattoo.

Shelley Penner: A long time ago in a town far, far away, Shelley came into the world, and neither she nor it have ever been the same since. Shelley has always been a creator in many disciplines -- drawing, painting and photography as well as writing. She says, “I have always had a head full of stories. As a child I would put myself to sleep by living scenes in my imagination until I dozed off. I didn’t just make up stories, I became a part of them, I felt all the emotional nuances of the characters. Eventually, my head became so full of those imaginary people, demanding their chance to be made real in words, that I just had to start writing.”

Early literary influences include the queen of sci-fi, Andre Norton, and Marion Zimmer Bradley, both of whose novels still maintain a permanent place in Shelley’s personal library.

Kay J Douglas is a Canadian author known for her Adventures of Bob and Avery series. Kay lives on Vancouver Island, where she is probably napping with her family of animals: two cats (Bob and Avery), a dog (Zeus), and her boyfriend. She is also working on an upcoming novel for young adults, coming out in 2020. You can find out more at www.kayjdouglas.com, or follow her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobandavery.


Derek Hanebury is a Vancouver Island writer of fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. His poems and stories have been published in many magazines and broadcasted on CBC radio; and his first novel, Ginger Goodwin: Beyond the Forbidden Plateau, (Arsenal Pulp) went to a second printing. His first book of poetry Nocturnal Tonglen (Ekstasis)was released in 2006. He has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from UBC and taught writing at North Island College on Vancouver Island until his retirement into full-time writing in 2017.


Vicki Drybrough’s work was first published in her local newspaper when she was fourteen. She didn’t submit another piece until 2008, when Shipwrecked received an honourable mention from the Burnaby Writers’ Society. Between 2010 and 2013 her poems and short stories were published in a variety of anthologies and literary journals. Stuart McLean read her short story Macaroni and Cheese, on CBC Radio in October 2011 and published it in his book, Time Now for the Vinyl Café Story Exchange in 2013. In 2014, Mark Forsyth included two of her articles, My Mother’s War and A Boy Soldier’s Diary in his book, From the West Coast to the Western Front. She was a finalist in the 2016 Cedric Literary Awards for her story, Access Road. In 2018, Mr. Wardrop, won second prize in the Victoria Writers’ Society’s short fiction contest and appeared in the winter edition of Island Writer Magazine. Vicki is a founding member of Words on Fire and has read at The Fat Oyster, Wordstorm and 15 Minutes of Infamy. She is currently working on her first novel.

Eric Gardiner is a Zimbabwean born freelance artist and digital illustrator. At the age of nine, his family immigrated to South Africa, establishing a new life. Ten years later, while completing a degree in Digital Arts at The University of the Witwatersrand, he seized the opportunity to illustrate The Adventures of Bob and Avery. He enjoys illustrating architecture, animals and abstract designs. In addition to a passion for art he is also an enthusiastic to work on video game development.


Libbie Morin embarked on her creative writing path while a student at North Island College. She loves to write about her diverse life experiences: growing up in Toronto, living on an isolated island off the northern tip of Vancouver Island, hanging with the artist's community in Tofino and generally ferreting out the poignant and bizarre. She won the E. Bickle Award for Writing at NIC and has had work published in the premier issue of NIC Zeitgiest, the E-zine Pages of Stories. and most recently, in Living Artfully: Reflections from the Far West Coast. She continues her spoken-word involvement with Words on Fire.

Gail Morton was born in New Denver, BC, and inspired by childhood adventures in the wilds of England and BC, Gail is passionate about bringing a fresh, fun, wonder-filled approach to writing and illustrating children's books about our relationship and responsibility to the natural world. After a career as a primary teacher, this comes naturally and joyfully. Today inspiration comes from her home, shared with her husband, in Port Alberni, BC on Vancouver Island where Coho struggle upstream through their yard on a yearly mission to spawn. And from the nearby forests, streams, wild flora and fauna which nurture her and which she hopes to help preserve for children young and old. And from the Alberni Aquarium where she volunteers, teaching about marine life through story, song, and crafts. You can find Gail studying about sustainability, researching and drawing an intriguing plant, animal, or insect, discussing veggie and fruit gardening with her hubby, constantly finding fun, creative ways to change old habits toward a more healing lifestyle for the sake of our beautiful world and its inhabitants. Or, kayaking, hiking, riding her e-bike, with sketchpad and pencils as constant companions. Gail can't wait for you to join her on this amazing journey of discovery and transformation through her children's books.