What Were You Before
1. What were you before you became an author? Did this influence your choices as a writer?
I had many jobs from assembly line worker to construction to sales to working on a mink ranch to supermarkets before settling on a fire rescue career where I retired after 32 years. My three BWL firefighter series books (tentative release dates) and one other self-published work on Amazon were big influences. They were initially self-published and were the first firefighter fiction in Canada.
2. Are you genre specific or general? I don’t mean major genres but subdivisions or romance, mystery or paranormal.
I enjoy writing suspense/action/crime novels for adult and young readers. I have also sold travel articles, a how-to, and won competitions for short stories fiction and non-fiction. My website has them posted. Yatscoffbooks.com
3. What is your latest release? THE RUMRUNNER’S BOY is an historical fiction crime novel for all ages. It was a finalist for an Arthur Ellis Award by the Crime Writers of Canada.
4. What are you working on now? SERVICES RENDERED is into it’s 17th chapter and is hard-boiled crime and action. Need a problem tenant evicted? A neighborhood menace banished? If the cops and courts can’t, or won’t, do it Ritchie and Arlan can. One’s an ex-cop and ex-MP and the other is a fearless streetfighter who never backs down. The men are tradesmen by day and monitor Crime Stoppers and police wanted websites, regularly cashing in the rewards. But cashing in Somali criminals brings a gang down on their heads and now it’s them who are being pursued.
5. Does your reading choices influence your choice of a writing career? Yes, very much. Lately, I have been reading more non-fiction and mid-list fiction and have found some good writers. I also love historical fiction. But still a good hard-biled mystery or detective story is the best.
6. Where can we find you? You can find me in Beaumont, Alberta. During the winter travelling, or at home in the pool/gym or the pickleball courts. In summer, out camping, fishing, floating the North Saskatchewan River, and gardening.