Welcome to my writing site.

Just a head’s up: this site is still under construction. I am not ready to respond to comments left on this site or to keep any information such as email addresses for the purposes of responding. All such information will be discarded. Thank you for your patience. Jay

I didn’t start trying to write until late in life and that effort has been almost entirely devoted to a (soon-to-be-published) memoir entitled “Adoption Unplugged.” The memoir explores our family’s adoption journey through times of intense love and exhilaration as well as times of devastation and grief, all from my perspective as the adoptive father. To read more about the memoir click on “Adoption Unplugged” in the menu bar above.

Other projects on the go that I hope to feature on this site include two children’s books dealing with adoption; a middle-grade novel featuring a bit of mystery and an out-of-control dirigible; a short fiction piece involving requited love and sky-writing; plus some other fictional ideas that are knocking around in the back of my head and that could end up as short stories or novels.

About Me

I’m a retired architect, avid guitar buff, writer, husband, and two kinds of dad—step and adoptive. Mostly that translates into being just “dad.”

Born in Toronto, Canada, I moved across country in my twenties to study and live in Vancouver, B.C., got married a first time, then married again to my current and lifetime partner Wendy, becoming step-dad to her son. A few years later, I took a three-year hiatus with my family to live, work, play, and (as it turned out) adopt a baby girl in South East Asia. Wendy and I now live on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Our son and daughter have long since left home and are busy raising families of their own.

My studies in writing have included various workshops and a course on writing children’s literature at the University of British Columbia. I also completed the Southbank Writer’s Program at Simon Fraser University.


Adoption Unplugged

“In Adoption Unplugged, a father tells the story of adopting his daughter in the Philippines and examines the legal and bureaucratic processes that he and his wife had to endure in the first years of their daughter Leah’s life and the life of their family. The [memoir] goes on to describe their family life as Leah grows from infancy to adulthood—the good and the bad, the love and the frustration, the pride and the regret— all from her father’s perspective.
While the family’s love for Leah is unconditional and limitless, it is not enough to make her life’s journey a smooth one, as she has to deal with depression and anger, as well as other issues stemming from her perceived rejection/abandonment by her birth mother.”

Friesen Press

I plan to self-publish Adoption Unplugged by summer of 2018, ideally with the help of a crowd-source funding campaign. Stay tuned to this website and the “news” posts to find out when the campaign opens and, if you’re inclined, make a contribution–there’ll be rewards!

If you would like to find out more about the memoir, check out Adoption Unplugged website by clicking here.