Novelist

Prodigies (work in progress)

I’m looking for a publisher for this Western with fantasy elements, set in Gilded Age New York, post-Civil War Appalachia and the Black Hills of the Dakota Territory.

I’ve described it, somewhat facetiously, as “Gangs of New York meets Deadwood meets Young X-Men.” It focuses on three youths with uncanny abilities who converge on Deadwood in 1877. The issues of the day — the end of Reconstruction, the economic depression of the 1870s, the slow rise of the union movement, the Robber Barons, rapid immigration, the beginnings of mass culture — shape the characters and the story.

Legends of the era, including Billy and Kid and John Henry, the steel driving man, are woven through the story.

I researched settings for the novel during trips to New York and the Dakotas.

 

Dadolescence (Turnstone Press, 2011)

In 2011, Turnstone Press, a Winnipeg-based publisher of fiction and poetry since 1976, published my novel, Dadolescence.

Dadolescence is a comic novel about a stay-at-home father coming to terms with what it means to be a man in modern suburbia. It grew out of a play I wrote and performed in (with my son Sam) at the 2007 Winnipeg Fringe Festival.