Short Biography

J.M. is a voice actor, SF/F author, fanthropologist and professional smartypants on AMI Radio’s Live From Studio 5. 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. The Skylark’s Song, book one of The Skylark’s Saga, a steampunk action novel about a girl vigilante and her mysterious rocketpack, soars into book stores in 2017.

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Long Biography

J.M. Frey (pronounced Fry) is a bisexual Canadian science fiction and fantasy author. While she is best known for her debut novelTriptych, Frey’s work encompasses poetry, academic and magazine articles, screenplays, and short stories. Frey calls herself a “professional geek.”.[1] Frey’s fiction work generally follows the conventions of literary fiction mixed with the tropes of science fiction and fantasy, and usually focuses on themes of personal merit, family, queerness, gender, and revisionist literature, as well as genre-deconstruction and meta themes.

Her academic work focuses on gender in science fiction, the anthropology of fandom (fanthropology), fanfiction and fanworks(specifically on Mary Sues and Cosplay), as well as the television programs Doctor Who and Stargate: Atlantis.

Frey has appeared at Toronto-area science fiction conventions and is involved with charity and community fan groups and initiatives. She regularly appears on radio shows, television talk shows, and podcasts discussing fandom and genre works.[2]

Born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Frey is the first of three children. She attended Centre Wellington District High School in Fergus, Ontario, and graduated in 2000, then went on to do her Ontario Academic Credits at Orangeville District Secondary School and graduated in 2001.

Frey began writing at the age of eleven. She began by writing fanfiction, which she calls her “apprenticeship to the fandom community”,[3] and which led her to write original stories at the age of eighteen. Frey’s academic and creative writing focused primarily on Japanese mythology, the Classics, and traditional Japanese theatre.[4] She began her first novel while at Brock University, and first began to seriously study creative writing there.

J.M. studied playwriting with Colin Taylor (Tarragon Theatre, Toronto) and Daniel David Moses (“Almighty Voice and His Wife”, “Talks With Bear”, etc.), literary theory and criticism with David Fancy (“Khalida”, and lauded scholar), short story writing with Robert Alexander (“January 28, 1986”, “Wild Rose Country”, etc.), and several other writing workshops and writers groups. She had the honour of attending “Author, Author!” at the age of eight, a conference that pairs youth writers with published mentors.

After earning her Bachelor of Arts, Dramatic Literature (honors) in 2005, Frey lived in Fukuoka, Japan for two years,[5] where she taught English as a Japanese Exchange Teacher, and worked on several other to-date-unpublished manuscripts. In 2007, Frey returned to Canada to attend Ryerson and York Universities for a Masters of Arts.

She made her first professional sale upon returning to Canada, a novella titled “(Back),” which she eventually expanded into the first third of her debut novel Triptych.

Dragon Moon Press acquired “Triptych” in late 2009[6] after Frey and the acquisitions editor Gabrielle Harbowy[7] met at a party at the Ad Astra science fiction convention. The book was released April 2011.

Frey completed her Masters of Arts, Communications and Culture (honors) in 2009, where her thesis focused on fanfiction, creative writing and fandom, and the self-insert fiction trope known as a Mary Sue. Other papers Frey presented focused on cosplay, the anthropology and sociology of fandom, and the science fiction television program Doctor Who. She wa also the co-writer and the principal investigator on the Swirlygate Project, a satire of common science fiction gender and genre clishes.

Other publications include poems with ‘In My Bed Magazine’ and poems in the international literary magazine The White Wall Review, as well as articles in Japan’s Fukuoka Now magazine and Reader’s Digest’s Our Canada Magazine. She won the award for Best Short Story of 2007  from Dragon*Con’s Stargate Offworld Zine. The Dark Side Of The Glass, a satirical look at fandom, vampire-cop-detectives, and the Toronto film industry, was published by Double Dragon Press (June 2012),  Her essay on the hidden Canadianness of Doctor Who, titled “Whose Doctor?” was published in DOCTOR WHO IN TIME AND SPACE (McFarland 2013), “The Moral of the Story” in Tesseracts 18 (Edge 2015), “The Twenty Seven Club” in Expiry Date (Edge  2014), “Hero is a Four Letter Word” (FastForeword, 2013), “On His Birthday, Reginald Got” (Kindle, 2013), ”Whose Doctor?” in Doctor Who In Time And Space (McFarland Press, 2013), “Maddening Science” in When the Villain Comes Home (Dragon Moon Press, 2012), and ”TheOnce and Now-ish King” in When the  Hero Comes Home” (Dragon Moon Press, 2011). J.M. can be found in the documentaries “Leaving Mundania” (2011) and “The Maud Squad” (2011), as Sarah in ”Ext. 5683 (l-o-v-e)”, as various voices in the radio play “The Weight of Information”, and as the voice of Lillian H. Smith on the soundtrack for the musical “A Life in the Library” (2012).

Frey appears in Leaving Mundania, a documentary about cosplay culture by Jiro C. Okada, and The Maud Squad, a documentary about Anne of Green Gables fandom by Lisa Lightbourn-Lay. She was a guest panelist on the SPACE Channel’s premier original show “InnerSPACE” during the Doctor Who Live Finale Panel Discussion.  JM was a founding cohost of the G33kN3rdD0rk Podcast on Dorkshelf.com with superstar comic Gavin Stephens and nerd supreme Jeff Brown, and was the host of HardcoreNerdity.com’s  short-run specialty podcast “GeekU“.

She has presented three academic papers on fan behaviour at international conferences (San Fransisco, Cardiff, Toronto), was in the semi-finals of the American Accolades Screenwriting competition in 2004 and had a theatrical play in festival in 2001. A reprise performance of that play is forthcoming. 2010  saw the debut of her children’s play “Alex and the Ironic Gentleman“, based on the hilarious MG adventure novel of the same name by Adrienne Kress.

The Ontario Science Centre featured one of her costumes (a steampunked KittyPryde/ShadowCat from Marvel’s X-Men) in an exhibition on the Steampunk genre that ran from March 4th – May 23rd 2011 at the Ontario Science Centre in their !dea Gallery space.

She had the extreme honour of presenting the Joe Shuster Award for Excellence in Canadian Comic Book Creators for Best Writer in 2009, and Best Writing at the 2010 Constellation Awards, and Best Series at the 2011 Constellations.

Frey’s first epic fantasy trilogy, starting with THE UNTOLD TALE, will debut in December 2015, from Reuts Publishing. Read the press release here.

Further publications will be announced when they may be made public.

J.M. Frey also writes SF/F Erotica under the pseudonym Peggy Barnett.

Elemental Photography - JMFrey as the TARDIS

J.M. Frey in her famous Steampunk TARDIS Gown Photo by Elemental Photography

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