On the personal side

I love to travel and take photographs of interesting places and people and things. I took this photo a couple of years ago at the wonderful Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum just outside Tucson.

I’m a keen ocean sailor on a Hunter 280 that I share with a friend (see photo below and also Come Sail Away, a short piece I wrote for the Globe and Mail).

I’m now eight months into my latest creative venture, learning classical piano, inspired by Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt, who performed the complete Goldberg Variations, by Bach, in March 2018 at the Chan Centre. I bought a Yamaha Clavinova and I’m working to master the opening aria and some of the slow variations from the Goldbergs, as well as Satie’s Trois Gymnopedies.

Here’s a recent recording I’ve made:

Aria from Bach’s Goldberg’s Variations (first half, 1 min 30 seconds)

I also love yoga, 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.

Who’s the sailor in the bow?

An early evening sky in July.