Categories: Male Authors - Anglophone Authors - Novelists - Authors of Non-Fiction - North
I grew up in Charlo and graduated from Dalhousie Regional High School in 1979. I obtained a PhD in Chemistry from Dalhousie University in 1987 and moved to Texas in 1989 after a post-doctorate in Zurich. I have worked for a scientific instrumentation company for the past 25 years. I have been writing and publishing since 1999.
I am the author of three books and over seventy short stories, as well as dozens of interviews, essays and hundreds of book reviews.
How has New Brunswick influenced your work?
Though I've traveled extensively and lived in three other countries, my thoughts always return to northern New Brunswick, though often with a tinge of sadness now. The homestead is now in the hands of strangers and the town where I spent so much of my life has fallen onto hard times with the closure of the paper mill that supplied its life blood. Every now and then I find myself returning to those environs in my fiction – I’ve written about working in the groundwood department in the paper mill and about people returning to the area only to discover how much it has changed.
What is your favourite New Brunswick book, and why?
I'm particularly fond of the works of David Adams Richards (e.g. Mercy Among the Children). He visited my high school English class in the late 1970s. The books are typically set in the Newscastle / Chatham area, which is close to where I grew up and the people are very familiar to the ones I knew in my childhood.
What do you consider to be the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight of my career so far was to be nominated for an Edgar Award in a category shared with P.D. James and Otto Penzler. Also, having short fiction published in anthologies that shared a table of contents with Michael Connelly, Sara Paretsky, Jeffrey Deaver, Stephen King, Peter Straub and many other luminaries.
|Nomination - Edgar Award - 2010||In recognition of: The Stephen King Illustrated Companion|
|Black Quill Award - 2010||In recognition of: The Stephen King Illustrated Companion|
|Al Blanchard Award - 2010||In recognition of: The Bank Job (short story)|
|Nomination - Bram Stoker Award - 2009||In recognition of: The Stephen King Illustrated Companion|
|London Book Festival - 2009||In recognition of: The Stephen King Illustrated Companion|
|Nomination - Bram Stoker Award - 2004||In recognition of: The Road to the Dark Tower|
The Dark Tower Companion