Born in Welland, Ontario, a blue-collar town in the Niagara Peninsula. Backpacked the world and was marooned in Australia for over a year. Traveled to 25 countries. Met my wife on a freighter from Jakarta to Singapore.
I've worked a lot of jobs from paperboy to grocery clerk, sales rep and iron worker, mink ranch hand and assembly lines, freelance astronaut (no offers) to boilermaker apprentice, delivery driver, and career firefighter and officer. I've climbed the Great Wall of China, almost smuggled a Playboy into Communist Russia, witnessed the 1979 Grenada Revolution, watched Cubans cry when Fidel stepped down, and I also snorkeled with a marlin, Black Gold Big Band drummer, tossed eggs at an Australian PM, and caught a knuckle-baller as a fastball catcher. My three children are all university grads. I've driven and operated fire pumps and aerial ladders, worked the rescue unit. Firefighters in Canada deal with extreme weather making the job very challenging. I've extricated people from crashed vehicles, performed CPR, hauled them from house fires, treated the injured, and done some stuff that still makes me shake my head.
I left Edmonton Fire Rescue as a station captain after 32 years. I live in Beaumont, AB with my wonderful wife, Gloria. I write, travel extensively, do a bit of fishing and boating, drink demon rum, manage a writers group, do occasional reno work, and sit on my butt outside in the good weather reading a decent novel. Gloria and I travel extensively. We spent the cold 2011 winter in SE Asia where we climbed the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China. My 3rd firefighter novel Final Response is published by Bookkus Publishing May 2015. Old Flames and Gerry's War will follow. All my juvenile novels are presently in paperback and eBook format.