Born in Welland, Ontario, a blue-collar town in the Niagara Peninsula. Backpacked the world and lived in Australia.
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, witnessed the 1979 Grenada Revolution, and swam with a marlin. I've also played drums in the Black Gold Big Band and was a fastball catcher for many years in the Edmonton Men's Fastball League. 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, hauled them from house fires, treated the injured, and done some stuff that still makes me shake my head. We don't give medals of valor to each other because we don't encourage lone-wolf/hero types like the Americans. It's why their death rate on the job is higher than ours.
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 book/eBook. 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 and the other 2 will be published by Bookkus Publishing who will handle my marketing from now on. I figure Final Response should be available in Jan. 2014. Archie's Gold, my favorite juvenile/MG is now in paperback