I'm the award-winning author of more than sixty books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction for readers of all ages. I've worked with publishers large and small (my main publisher is DAW Books, one of the major New York publishers of science fiction and fantasy). I've also got my own small publishing company, Shadowpaw Press. I began my career as a newspaper reporter for the Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Review, and at the ripe old age of 24 became news editor. After a few years of that, I became communications officer for the Saskatchewan Science Centre. Since 1993, I've been a full-time freelance writer and editor (and, for good measure, occasional professional actor and singer--I write plays, too!).
On the non-fiction side, I've written on topics that run the gamut from the Mutiny on the Bounty to Ebola, Jimi Hendrix, Andy Warhol, the Ayatollah Khomeini, and the basics of quantum physics (not all in one book). I wrote a weekly science column for newspapers and radio for two decades; I've written and edited annual reports; I've taught classes in writing science fiction and fantasy; I've edited both literary magazines (Grain, one of Canada's longest-running literary magazines) and commercial magazines (literally: Fine Lifestyles Regina was filled mainly with paid-for advertorials).
I've been a writer-in-residence several times, working with writers of many different levels to improve their work. I've been writer-in-residence at both the Regina and Saskatoon Public Libraries (both nine-month terms) and for shorter periods at schools. As a writer-in-residence, I've helped authors with short stories and books in multiple genres (although as you'd expect, my first love is science fiction and fantasy). I've also worked as an editor for Friesen Press, a major hybrid publisher in Canada.
I've also taught courses in writing science fiction and fantasy, including an extension course for the University of Regina that gave birth to a long-running writers' group started by my students.
In 2009, I won the Aurora Award (the Canadian equivalent of the Hugo) for best science fiction novel for Marseguro (DAW Books). In 2019, I won the Aurora Award for Best Fan Related Work for my podcast, The Worldshapers (in which I interview other science fiction and fantasy authors about their creative process). I've been shortlisted multiple times. I also won a Saskatchewan Book Award for my YA fantasy Spirit Singer, and have been shortlisted multiple times for other novels and non-fiction.
On the mentoring side, I've mentored authors through the Saskatchewan Writers Guild's mentoring program (three months of closely working with an aspiring writer), and I've also been a mentor for the University of Saskatchewan's Master of Fine Arts program.
What does all this tell you (I hope)?
I love words. I love working with words, and I love making words work better. I love well-told stories. I love helping authors make their work the best it can be...authors like you.
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