BORN: Edmonton, Alberta, almost in an elevator after my parents had been out dancing 'til 3 AM.
RAISED: I'm an Air Force brat and have lived in Cold Lake, Edmonton, North Bay and Ottawa.
EDUCATED: Stephen Leacock Public School, Earl of March Secondary School, Universities of Waterloo & Ottawa.
WORKED: As a mild-mannered assistant in the disciplines of politics, marketing and sales and most recently, global financial services.
Welcome to my website. Here are the low-down, bare-bones on me:
I was born in the blustery month of March and started telling wonderful lies to my kindergarten teacher early on. Soon after, I found a manual typewriter at my parents' friends' house and hid in the basement writing short stories. In the 1980's, I attempted to co-write a novel that was ultimately abandoned. In 1998, erotic poetry emerged. I released three collections, selling poems to magazines in the U.K., Canada and the U.S. Then, Man's Story 2 in Roswell, Georgia published some and its editor invited me to write for their vampire magazine. Three of my short stories were published and these led me to wonder if I had a vampire novel in me. Erotic poetry was my gateway drug to vampire fantasy. Over a decade of work has gone into my Crimson Fantasies. To this day my mother prays that I will (and I quote), "Write a nice novel for a change with a happy ending," which isn't likely to happen any time soon. Suffice it to say, I get a thrill from writing, to take myself and my readers into a fantastical world. For me, fiction is about giving the imagination permission to have a mind of its own.
During my seven-year stint as a Legislative Assistant on Parliament Hill, I undertook studies in political science at the universities of Waterloo and Ottawa. I'm grateful for the political work experience as it taught me about the arts of obfuscation and misdirection — two essential components of fantasy fiction. I've also learned a great deal by attending various workshops on creative writing, editing, graphic design, marketing, and the inevitable pain of dealing with merciless editors.
Reading is my guilty pleasure (when I know I should be writing). I love fiction, autobiographical, non-fiction, poetry and scientific. Favourite authors include Paul William Roberts, Charles Panati, Robert Shaw, Jack London, Caleb Carr, Thomas Harris, Oscar Wilde and Sherrill Wark. For poetical inspiration, I turn to Walt Whitman, Dorothy Parker and Pablo Neruda.
Many things hold my interest, like photographing street art, staying fit and enjoying fun times with family and friends. Some of my very favourite things are music from the 60's & 70's, cycling, skating the canal, sun-dried tomatoes in a salad, Pinot Noir, ice-cold Corona with lime, movies/documentaries and travel. Things I especially hate: elitism, lying and going without sleep... (well, notwithstanding the one obvious exception). I live and work in the City of Ottawa; Ontario's gem.
If you're in need of advice on being an Indie author, don't hesitate to reach out to me. I've had so many people go out of their way to help me over the years, that I believe strongly in giving back. Go to the Contact page.
Thank you for dropping in and for supporting Indie authors. You are my kind of people!