On the personal side

I love to travel and take photographs of interesting places and people. This photo of the Vietnam War Memorial is from a recent trip to Washington, DC.

I’m a keen ocean sailor on a Hunter 280 that I share with a friend (see photo below and also Why I sail).  I enjoy hatha yoga, and bashing away at rock, pop and blues on a Fender Strat. I love movies and going to art exhibitions.

In 2011, I published a novel, Hold Me Now, loosely based on the Aaron Webster murder in Vancouver in 2001. Read the Globe and Mail review; you can get a copy from the Vancouver Public Library or order the book from Amazon.

And I love to read – especially contemporary and classic fiction, history, biography, science, politics, war, music and art. Recent recommended titles:  Richard Nixon: The Life, by John Farrell; Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited, by Philip Eade; White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg; and Chesapeake, by Jame Michener.

I have a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia (2005) and an undergrad degree in communications from Simon Fraser University (2001).

In a parallel career to writing, I’ve taught academic, business and technical writing at several post-secondary schools, including UBC, SFU and Kwantlen University in Greater Vancouver, and at Guelph University/Humber College and George Brown College in Toronto.

My Hunter 280 sailboat, anchored off Kits Beach in Vancouver.

Passage Island, near my marina in West Vancouver.

The view north into Howe Sound.

Highrise buildings in Vancouver’s West End.