I am a writer and consultant living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I grew up a farm boy in the rich farmlands of Gronlid, Saskatchewan, working the very land that my ancestors had homesteaded and which was close to that of James Marion Howard, the main character of my new novel.
I left home as a young man to find adventures as a lineman, lumberjack, miner, pilot, fishing camp owner, teacher and Cabinet Minister. As I often say," I spent six years doing all that to get an education, then had to go to university to get schooled. I have written several academic articles and books, including: A Canadian Indigenous Multiversity: Is It Time for a Paradigm Shift? and have a yet-to-be published book of Poetry based upon a lifetime of activism and passion which I've named, Their Minds Have Touched my Soul.
After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1994, I pursued a D.Ed. and reinvented myself again as a writer. I hope my many and diverse careers provide authenticity to my work and an interesting and personal perspective to the rich history of the Canadian prairies.
My first published novel, LETTERS TO MARY SUSAN was inspired by a story my father told me of an old homesteader he knew on the prairies. When my sister said, "somebody has to write that story", I decided it had to be me. Its an historical novel, arising out of my research of the era and location but brought to life by my imagination of the hero, Jim Howard. Next to be published, THEIR MINDS HAVE TOUCHED MY SOUL, a book of poetry spanning my early adulthood through to my later years. It might have been called, SECRETS OF MY SOUL, as it lays bare a heart wounded by life and love. It is time to publish it and set it free.