My writing experience covers journalism, theater, a completed novel, a
second novel in progress, and a published book of short stories Smash
As a teenager, writing the School News column for the Windsor Star,
I interviewed jazz icon Louis Armstrong.
Later, while working as a musician in British Columbia, I wrote
entertainment columns for Vancouver’s Georgia Strait and
Victoria’s Monday Magazine. Among my concert reviews were those
of Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, John Mayall, Journey, Heart, and The
Back in Toronto, as member of The Comedy Connection, I wrote and
performed original comedy routines at The Edge, The Pink Flamingo, and
For theater I have written and performed numerous performance pieces:
poetry, monodramas, and plays.
In 2016 my son Dylan and I produced a short movie Fun With Math,
a comedy in which the Esperanto subtitlers’ union sabotages an
educational math show by jumbling and falsifying subtitles in their
effort to pressure TV-TV into paying them higher wages. To enjoy Fun
With Math (Amuzi Kun Mat in Esperanto), please click
I am pleased to announce my first published work, a book of short story
fiction Smash Palace, which contains 32 stories that explore
various genres: crime, science fiction, coming of age, family conflict,
sex, cats, dystopia, and surrealisms. To own a copy please contact my
and click the “Buy Now” button to pay by PayPal.
In 2018 I launched my publishing company Amalit Books. Using InDesign,
Printmaster, and Photoshop, I designed Smash Palace’s cover and
literary text. To inquire about publishing your book, please contact
The novel Altered Boy involves a gang of tough teens who hustle
lonely men, until their clash with a rogue priest results in death. This
story is based on actual events.
Besides promoting Smash Palace, I am working on a historical
fiction novel, working title WeatherBeaten, based on the
counterculture activists of the late 1960s, culminating with the 1970
Kent State Massacre.
Personal information: After completing my B.A. and B.Ed. (U. of
Toronto), I taught high school mathematics. In 1987 I founded A-Plus
Tutoring Service, and still work as a self-employed private tutor,
teaching mathematics and English.
In 2016 I became a Humanist Marriage Officiant appointed by Humanist
Canada and licensed to perform marriages under the Marriage Act of the
province of Ontario. In 2018 I solemnized seventeen marriages.
I read constantly, sometimes three books at a time. For crime fiction,
please read Jim Thompson, Patricia Highsmith, Ross Macdonald, and the
Swedish husband-wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. Arthur Conan
Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has fascinated me since childhood. By 2020
Altered Boy and WeatherBeaten will be available.
Married for 31 years, I have four children. To keep in shape I work out
at my gym, play baseball, and run; my time for 5K is about 35 minutes. I
am a cinephile, especially film noir.