I have written creative fiction for as long as I can remember, at least back to my high school days.
Most of my early writing energy went into short humorous pieces which were never intended for publication. I did, however, presume that I would be a great novelist, and to that end I worked slowly and steadily, writing what would undoubtedly be a masterpiece of twentieth century literature. With the fortune I would accrue from that endeavour I would retire from teaching, write more books, do the talk-show circuit, and become Prime Minister.
Well, when the manuscript was completed, it came as a surprise to find that no publishing agents were interested in a 300,000 word epic from an unknown author with a physics degree.
My welcome to the real world of writing and publishing.
My first publication success was in Blank Spaces magazine, a short story entitled “Twenty-three Yards,”and I am indebted to editor Alanna Rusnak for her willingness to promote the work of aspiring Canadian creative artists.
I’ve now published four novels. The dystopian world of “Cromby’s Axiom” is my critique of modern society with its disturbing addiction to social media and technology. The trilogy “In the Shadow of the Goalposts” explores the world of college football and allows me to insert many of my own emotional and fascinating experiences through the various characters. My next novel will be a humorous look at a physics teacher trying to survive in a private high school in Montreal. A number of my former colleagues will relate to this one.
I enjoy exploring different genres, so don’t expect any sequels. I have a few more works in various stages, from nascent ideas to completed manuscripts. Keep your eyes peeled.
(A further note: my story “Wolverine” was short-listed for the Blank Spaces Anthology contest and will be published in April 2024. I’ll provide more information when it becomes available.)
I love my characters, I get a thrill watching them grow and develop, and sometimes I cry when bad things happen to them. I look forward to seeing more of them on the printed page. I hope you do too.