When I was sixteen, I was off on an island, camping by myself, and ended up having to wait about six hours for a ferry. While sitting on the pier, I read a book titled Bard by Keith Taylor filled with music, adventure, and swordplay. I was hooked. Unfortunately, it turns out there's no such job as "bard" these days, so I've made do with a string of strange vocations, all of which brought me right back to books, only now I get to write them for a living!
Ah, awards . . . What's that saying? "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride"? I've been fortunate to be nominated for some wonderful accolades, but alas, some other more talented person keeps insisting on winning. That said, I did win this lovely award from Booknest, which sits in a prized place on my shelf.
I'd be delighted to speak at your conference or event whether as part of a panel, delivering keynotes, or offering masterclasses. I spent a decade teaching at Vancouver Film School and designing curriculum, so it's always a pleasure to be in front of enthusiastic readers and writers. If you're interested in having me at your event, get in touch!
Yes, it really is my name. I'm not sure why so many people think it was concocted by a Madison Avenue advertising agency tasked with devising the most-fantasy-author-name-ever, but I'll bet none of those distrusting folks had to get beat up as a kid for having a sissy name.
You can find my upcoming books on the home page.
I love weird detectives—the ones that are defective to the core but somehow use their flaws to make themselves brilliant investigators. I’m working on a mystery novel with a character I really enjoy and I’m hoping will come to life sometime in the next two years. I wrote a thriller/horror with a friend of mine a couple of years ago and we’re debating whether to give it another draft. Alas, both our writing schedules are pretty full right now.
The publishing rights are sold separately to each region, so, in effect, it’s a different publisher in every country. Each of those publishers have their own schedules and times they think their books will do best in the market. Alas, I have no control over this process!
Same as all other authors: "where do you get your ideas from?"
Glad you asked! They come from my brain.