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Why I write Canadian historical fiction...


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Canada has a rich and colourful history that for the most part is waiting to be discovered.

The type of history I refer to is seldom found in textbooks, and yet it is very much part of the Canadian experience. It is the life and times of ordinary citizens who lived, worked, and even played, alongside those celebrities who get the lion’s share of the recognition. It is also an acknowledge-ment that without them this country would not exist as we know it today.


Regretfully, their stories generally went to the grave with them, and none more so than the GBLT pioneers. Quite understandably it was a risky and dangerous thing to keep a diary or journal while they were alive, and even after their deaths it was a source of unspeakable scandal for relatives and friends. Therefore, they often directed a partner or trusted friend to destroy their personal papers when they were gone.


Nonetheless, we know they existed as surely as GBLT men and women exist today, and so it remains for us to commemorate them and their achievements in the best way we know how; and for me that is to reconstruct their lives in ebooks and print.


I have dedicated myself, therefore, to writing about Canada’s history from a gay perspective. Each one of my books deals with a particular era or event, around which I have built a story of masculine romance as it might have been. Moreover, my stories are all meticulously researched to make them as accurate as possible in a fictional context.


In this way I hope to give Canadian history a face—albeit a fictional one—to represent those GBLT men and women who lived and loved in another time, and by their wit and brawn contributed to this great nation.


See a display of my books, below.








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My books to date


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Coming Soon

Two Irish Lads*


*Now available in Kindle & Nook formats

About this New and Revised Edition

What happens when Two Irish Lads set off for adventure of a lifetime in the wilderness of Upper Canada?

Adventure, discovery, comedy, and pathos!

From the time Cousins Sean and Patrick McConaghy board the Lovely Nelly in Ireland, travel up the Mighty St. Lawrence by voyageur canoe, and find themselves surrounded by primeval forest in Upper Canada, it is adventure and discovery on every page.

Then, just as they are about to despair at the seemingly impossible task ahead, a champion appears in the person of a calculating squire with two unmarried daughters on hand. The problem is that Sean and Patrick are already in love - with one another. The scene is then set for an adventure of a different kind.


Also appearing are a gossipy storekeeper; a hard-drinking blacksmith who befriends them; a talented but misunderstood schoolboy; a draconian priest; a sinister claim jumper who haunts the vicinity; and a loveable wolf cub by the name of "Canada."


Adventure awaits at every turn in Two Irish Lads: Second Edition, so come along for the fun of it!


Nor All Thy Tears: Journey to Big Sky*

*Now available in Kindle & Nooks formats

Love, Obsession, treachery, murder, and finally solace under the northern lights of Big Prairie Sky Country, Saskatchewan

Sheldon Cartwright is a young, exceptionally handsome and gifted politician with a beautiful wife and two charming children. His career is also in ascendance, and given all that the sky seems the only limit to this talented, blue-eyed lad.

However, Cartwright also has a hidden past that one day bursts onto the front page of a tabloid newspaper with the publication of his nude photograph. Moreover, the inside story alleges that he was once a high-end male prostitute with a romantic connection to an ex-con whose body has been found mutilated beyond recognition in a burned-out apartment—the suspected victim of a blackmail attempt gone wrong.

Enter a homophobic cop who is willing to go to any lengths to tie Cartwright into the crime, simply because he is young, handsome and well-educated. With his career in a crisis, and his personal life as well, Cartwright is unexpectedly joined by an ally in Colin Scrubbs, a ruggedly handsome rancher from Saskatchewan. But can they salvage Cartwright’s career from the brink?


Coming of Age on the Trail

LOOSELY based on a 1,500-mile cattle drive from Hanceville, British Columbia, to Canada’s remote Yukon Territory, this fictional adaptation pits 17-year-old Cory Twilingate against the almost insurmountable 19th-century wilderness in order to save his father’s cash-strapped ranch. Accompanying him on this perilous adventure is ranch foreman, “Reb” Coltrane, a ruggedly handsome cowboy from down Texas way, and together they form a bond that is both rugged and enduring.

Woven into this epic tale, as well, is an ancient Indian legend that prophesies the reincarnation of two star-crossed lovers, cruelly separated by their warring tribes in a time when spirits ruled the land, but who have been promised a reunion by the Great Spirit himself.

Also Lurking in the background is an assortment of treacherous villains intent on doing them harm. These include a homophobic killer, and a vengeful rancher who has threatened the destruction of both Cory and his father.

This is a story of a young boy's sudden catapult into manhood, and of the man who stood by him all the way, but can their devotion overcome the combined forces of man and nature?

Anticipated release, spring 2014.

(PART TWO is scheduled to follow in the fall of 2014.)