I grew up between Montreal and Toronto, Canada, and several places in between. Started making my own money at the age of 11, started flying planes when I was 15, hitchhiked across Canada to the Yukon and Alaska and back when I was 18. By that time, the world was in turmoil with a disastrous end to the Vietnam war, a Presidential scandal with Watergate, the Cold War and nuclear arms race peaking, and well, an impressionable young man became a rebel to society. I wanted to change the world. Fast forward a couple decades, and while working a career, I found my voice after reading a book by one of my favorite authors, Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull: writing. I started penning books, yeah, pen and paper, the old-fashioned way, and when I finally had my first book ready, I published it in 2010. The Buffalo Kid, an inspired story about hope and 2nd chances, remains to this day one of my most popular and loved reads. Since then, I have published twelve more books, in various genres, but my passion remains in the speculative and geopolitical fiction genres, because there, I can pull back the curtain on contemporary issues in our world, smash through doors of secrecy and propaganda and hopefully, accomplish the same goal I started out with as a rebellious 18-year-old: changing the world for the better and instilling hope in everything I write. And yeah, I'm an activist for human rights, a member of the United Nations, and I campaign to abolish nuclear weapons as well, through B.A.N. or Ban All Nukes and M.A.N. or MCs Against Nukes
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A mystery group in Canada declares to the Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin, that he must withdraw from Ukraine and dismantle his nuclear arsenal or face the worst. Keeno McCole, head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Anti-Terrorism-Unit, and his team are called into action. Meanwhile, two nuclear launch sites in North Korea are sabotaged, and the 9th Divinity takes credit. The North Korean dictator points the finger at the West and mobilizes a full-scale invasion to the south. Like Putin, he threatens to use his nuclear weapons if anyone interferes. Keeno and his team race the clock as the global crisis mounts; one not seen since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
The Buffalo Kid was inspired by homeless people I met while living in Los Angeles, a city, contrary to its reputation as the City of Angels, with over 100,000 homeless souls living on its streets. Later, I moved, quite unexpectedly, to Buffalo New York, which at the time was considered one of the poorest cities in America. We fell in love with the place, and the more I learned about the city and the people I met, the inspiration for this story grew.
The Buffalo Kid, while a fiction rendering, is based on actual people I met, and its main character, John Ross, is the avatar for those people. Like so many others of his time, John was living the American dream; but when the steel industry, a backbone of the city, suddenly bottomed out in Buffalo, and pulled up anchors, a vibrant city was cast into the shadow of its former glory. Fact, not fiction.
The story follows Ross, who loses everything, goes bankrupt, and his wife leaves him with their two newborns. Ross ends up on the streets of Buffalo, New York, penniless and forgotten for over thirty years. At the age of 71, having survived the brutal winters which Buffalo supplies in spades, the Kid, on the hunt for handouts on a cold blistery day, encounters a stranger who happily gives him $50. Stunned by the man's generosity, the Kid follows him, and what ensues is not only a thrill ride, but a story that reminds us that everyone, anyone, can make a come-back, a 2nd chance at life. The Buffalo Kid is a heartwarming story that will change how you see the homeless people you may pass by in your daily life. Moreover, like so many who have read the book, it reminds us that the Buffalo Kid could have been a relative, a friend, a neighbor or even a father.
"Amazing take on modern human dilemmas."
Marina Osipova, author of The Cruel Romance
"You'll want to reread this one after finishing it. Yes, it is that good."
"I simply couldn’t put it down."
"This surprising story of a human experiment is a thrilling masterpiece offering hope for us all! Again, this is a must-read adventure."
Cynthia De Boer, author of Me, Myself & Eye
Welcome. I am a multi-genre author, although I have a penchant for speculative fiction, which, as Margaret Atwood, author of Handmaids Tale, describes, is essentially fiction that can come true.
I like to think that my books are food for the inquisitive and questioning mind - the "outside the box" thinker.
In addition to writing, and certainly reflected in the themes of my books, I am an activist for human rights and the abolishment of nuclear weapons in the world. I am a member of the UN (United Nations), founder of B.A.N. (Ban All Nukes) and the creator of International Writers Inspiring Change - a platform to promote the works of authors around the world.
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For the activist souls, I started an initiative called B.A.N. or Ban All Nukes, which was launched in the wake of Putin's invasion of the Ukraine, and which is already gaining momentum and has been recognized for its work by both ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) and the United Nations Sweden.