I’m a Canadian author, artist, publisher, and musician, creating in a spectacular part of the world — British Columbia’s West Kootenay region. After attending the University of Oregon on a painting scholarship, I went into political science. I left academia after a near-death experience (i.e. trying to complete the world’s most boring PhD thesis while living in Norway), gratefully accepting a position as general manager of Hurtig Publishers, at the time one of Canada’s leading trade publishing houses. I went on to found my own publishing companies (Reidmore Books, Oz New Media, the Indigenous Learning Company, and AuthorCloud Publishers), working closely with outstanding authors, editors, designers, and other publishing professionals on book projects in North America, Europe, and Asia.
I’m particularly interested these days in the future of publishing. The Age of Gutenberg is clearly over. It’s not yet completely clear what will replace it, but certainly the changes that are occurring bode well for authors and readers.
While I do love working with other writers, my own work is what turns my crank the most. Like many authors, I tend to write in spurts — and at the moment, I’m hard at it, putting the finishing touches on MAN UP, a non-fiction tome with tips on how to be a man in the 21st century, and am well underway on a couple of novels that have me wishing there was more time in the day. I live in the charming alpine village of Kaslo, a place with more than its fair share of writers, artists, musicians, and dreamers generally.