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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.


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My books to date


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Coming Soon

Two Irish Lads*


*Now available in Kindle & Nook formats

Two Irish Lads is a pioneer story with a difference.

It is at once a carefully-researched depiction of pioneer life in the early part of the nineteenth century, and also a love story of two men who might have lived during such a challenging time.

Sean and Patrick McConaghy are two young cousins who set sail from Ireland one St. Patrick’s Day in 1820, and after a long and eventful crossing of the Atlantic, they tackle the mighty St. Lawrence River with a band of rugged voyageurs to eventually settle in the wilderness of Upper Canada.

Here they are not only confronted by the daunting task of carving a homestead out of the vast primeval forest, but also the ever-present danger of living as a devoted couple in a world where the possibilities of humiliation and death stalked them at every turn if their secret should ever be discovered.

It is a tale that also encompasses mystery, tragedy, brawling, humour and pathos, and altogether it will have you turning pages to discover what is about to happen next.

Read an excerpt click here

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?

Read an excerpt click here

Coming of Age on the Trail

A teenager’s coming of age tale on an epic 1,500-mile cattle drive through the primordial wilderness of 19th-century British Columbia

LOOSELY based on an actual cattle drive from Hanceville, British Columbia, to Canada’s remote Yukon Territory, this fictional tale pits 17-year-old Cory Twilingate against the 19th-century wilderness in order to save his father’s cash-strapped ranch.

Accompanying him on this epic adventure is the ranch foreman, “Reb” Coltrane, a ruggedly handsome cowpoke from down Texas way, and together they form a bond that is both steadfast and enduring.

Woven into this tale, is an ancient Indian legend of two star-crossed lovers who are cruelly separated by an evil spirit, but whose love endures throughout an entire millennium as their spirits search for one another.

Also Lurking in the background, are an assortment of villains intent on doing Cory and Reb harm. Included are a powerful raven spirit, a homophobic serial killer, and a vengeful rancher who has vowed to destroy both Cory and his rancher father.

Although written in the classic western style, it is a cattle drive with a distinct difference.


Anticipated release, Nove,ber 2016.

(PART TWO is scheduled to follow in the spring of 2017)