Welcome! I’m a novelist, short story writer, and blogger. My blog has a tag-line of ‘fiction, and other made-up stories’. Fiction is where I live. I’m a person of colour, an immigrant to North America, and a father. These things shape my life.
I’ve been privileged to be listed in various writing competitions. Here’s a summary:
2021: Longlisted for CBC Short Story Prize Competition, for Titan Arum (unpublished)
2020: Longlisted for CBC Short Story Prize Competition, for The Arms of Village.
2019: Longlisted for CBC Short Story Prize Competition, for Boston DC.
2016: Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, for Vestigial (unpublished)
2014: Shortlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize Competition, for Saad Steps Out.
I’m particularly proud of a story published in Rigorous Literary Magazine titled “I Am Black”. You can find the link to the post here. I have struggled with my identity as a BIPOC writer, but I don’t struggle with this anymore. Issues of race and identity are so important, but I won’t let my preconceived notions of who I am deter my voice any longer.
Go here to see my 2020 writing year in review. It was a great year for my writing.
I’m actively seeking representation for a novel entitled ‘Girl Island’, about what it would be like to start a country from the beginning, if you could. How would you make rules and create equity? How would you be inclusive? It’s an adult contemporary novel that’s also intended for younger audiences. It’s also meant to be rather funny.
I’m best described as a cross-genre writer. I like to play across boundaries. The three novels I’ve written (none published as yet) are epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and upmarket contemporary. My short stories are mixes of the real and the unreal, all taking place in a world that’s distinctly ours. I strive to challenge norms and conventions in ways that reveal the human condition.
In the other part of my life, I’m a scientist. Scientists don’t write fiction, right? Sure they do! Sure they do. I’m an advocate for this world, and working hard to help fix it. Our environment is so important – we can’t very well do without it. Neither can our kids. Neither can my kids.
Thank you for stumbling by. I have a lot of great friends in this fantastic community of writers – hope you’re one too. If you would like to get a hold of me about my writing published on WordPress or elsewhere, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.