More About the Author
Mr Short lives in the rural outskirts of Ottawa, the capital of Canada, with his wife (and Muse), April, their two furry kids, Ian, a border(-line) collie and Miss Daisy, a stray American Fox Hound, together with too many cats and a small herd of camelids, which is why he refers to home as the Alpacalypse Farm.
A professional writer since high school, he is a Senior Member of the Society for Technical Communication, an award-winning playwright, a former magazine columnist and internationally-published author, as well as being a life-member of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association, an avid motorcyclist, pilot and aircraft homebuilder.
While researching a series of novels he started writing when he taught small engine mechanics at the Embogo Training Centre, in Papua-New Guinea, he stumbled onto the real-life biography of Mata Hari. He found her tale so compelling he finished his first eBook novel, 'I am Mata Hari - the story of the world's most famous dancer, courtesan and spy,' before the original project, a trilogy that mirrors Canada's search for identity.
During the ePublishing process, Mr Short was astonished to find that - in his words - 'the instructions were weak for a new writer and in some cases other support materials - such as YouTube videos - were wrong'.
As the CEO of Devonia Technical Communication Services Incorporated, a technical documentation company he founded in 1995, he understood the need for clear instructions, written in a relaxed, conversational tone that would enable even novice MS-Word users to convert their manuscripts into high quality eBooks smoothly.
He is currently working on a suite of "How to ePublish" manuals with MS-Word, before writing another set of eBooks about his second great passion (the first is his wife), vintage British motorcycles, and returning to the long-overdue series of historical novels.