Before writing, John worked as a film editor and made four short films about modern dance. Life with Annie opened the way to summers in France, home of Inspector Aliette Nouvelle. The Voice of Aliette Nouvelle was published in 1999. The Aliette series comprises seven books. Walls of a Mind was short-listed for the CWC Arthur Ellis Award.
John’s short story The Finer Points of Apples won the prestigious Journey Prize in 1998. This story became the inspiration for Last Days of Montreal, a novel focusing on life in a quiet cul-de-sac during and after the 1995 Referendum on Sovereignty.
In 2001, John won a CBC short fiction prize for The Death of PJ Barford, which became the starting point for The Barford Threesome, a novel revolving around the travails of three fathers, recently completed and seeking a publisher.
A family-values oriented hedge fund billionaire with 3 wives and 13 kids.
An elegant millionaire with two bad sons, one is disgrace, the other in jail.
And a childless actor who dreams of being King Lear – dysfunctional dad writ large.
Present time, more or less… 116,000 words / 388 ms pages
Currently seeking publication.
Three fathers, each caught up in a sense of personal power and possibility.
Seven policiers featuring Inspector Aliette Nouvelle of the Police Judiciaire.
A hero and the myth of freedom. A “what if” story inspired by a myth that’s out of step with history.
A hero in the realm of the Goddess. Because all heroes require spirituality.
Heroes need love too. Things gets deadly as Aliette fights to separate essential love from gaudy romance.
When love turns out wrong, some heroes get a bit crazy. But there is still a murder to be solved.
Our hero moves on to a new life in the south of France. A murder in wine country. A second chance at love for Aliette.
A hero in a world of deadly force. The messy conclusion to her first big case brings an order from Division: Chief Inspector Aliette Nouvelle must wear the sidearm she has mostly ignored throughout her career. And be ready to use it.
A hero caught in the space between Eros and Mother-hen. This seventh book was inspired by the plight of musician Bertrand Cantat after his release from prison for the murder of his film star lover.
Sometimes the best thing to do is munch a beautiful apple, crack open a perfect beer – and enjoy!
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