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Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Ron Duffy has travelled extensively in both western and eastern Europe, mostly by bicycle, with working sojourns" in Norway, Austria and England. Adventuring over, he settled to studies, and obtained a BA in Geography from Queen's University in Belfast. As a student there he became involved in the activism that led to the start of the Troubles" in Northern Ireland in 1969. That year he emigrated to Canada where he took an MSc at the University of Calgary and studied for his PhD at McGill University in Montreal. In Montreal he started a long career as a university lecturer in Geography.
His writing career began when he started publishing mostly travel and history articles in numerous Irish, British and Canadian newspapers and magazines. In 1988, McGill-Queen's University Press published his book, The Road to Nunavut: The Progress of the Eastern Arctic Inuit since World War II. The popular Canadian author Pierre Berton in particular liked this book and used excerpts from it in his own coffee- table book Winter.
As a student and then a university lecturer in Montreal and Calgary, creative writing gave way to preparing lectures. Duffy continued to write more creatively, if less productively, in his spare time, and now that he has retired from lecturing he is writing full time. Two of his novels, Crossed Lives and The Janus Web are available as ebooks. He is currently working on a historical novel based on the life of the Irish highwayman Redmond O'Hanlon.
Duffy is married, has two sons, and now lives in Surrey, British Columbia, with his wife, Joanne, and two Jack Russell dogs.