Biography

Born in Toronto, Ontario, I have lived most of my life in neighbouring Mississauga. I spent over 30 of those years in the CATV industry in a variety of capacities, most recently as a consultant.

Though I wrote a fair amount as a teen, my sales equaled zero. Then, being a true Canuck, my focus shifted to hockey. In 2000 a spinal fusion ended my amateur career, and I subsequently involved myself in PC game beta testing, writing game text and co-authoring a game manual.

In 2004 I completed the Longridge Writing Course and tried my hand at some serious writing. It was Howard Andrew Jones, then editor of Flashing Swords, who bought my first tale, The Marsh God. That story went on to place first in the 2005 Preditors & Editors Fan Poll for Best SF&F Short Story. To date I have published over 30 stories and a graphic novel based on The Marsh God.

At one time I moderated the Fiction Forums for Paradox Interactive Games, laying the groundwork that turned it into a wildly successful platform where gamers still write about their empire building experiences. And, until recently, I Administered the Community Forums for the official Robert E. Howard website.

Though my age has been placed around the Jurassic Era, the reality is I am 61 and been happily married for 31 years. My wife and I own a Shar-Pei named Haley and Maggie Q, a Brussels Griffon. Both run the household with firm paws.

Some boring (mainly Canadian) personal facts:

* I saw The Beatles when I was 12. All I remember is the screaming.

* In 1971 I walked away from a plane crash.

* Around the same time I met Pierre Elliot Trudeau at a political rally. Love him or hate him, the man oozed charisma.

* I met Isaac Asimov at a Con and PO’d him with my request to sign a book (sorry, no further details coming with that one). At the same Con I was mistaken for David Gerrold.