My writing has been influenced by Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Terry Pratchett. While I wouldn't label myself as a writer of humor fiction, I do tend to try to find humor more in the situation as opposed to writing a series of jokes into a story. I have noticed themes in my works that tend to work well towards the definition of absurdist fiction; the study of human behavior under circumstances (whether realistic or fantastical) that appear to be purposeless and philosophically absurd.
I was born and raised in northern British Columbia in Western Canada. I was never much of a planner, usually making decisions based on gut instincts and a burning to find my niche in this life.
After two decades, I have yet to find it. In the meantime I have had some happy and not-so happy distractions. I have worked in many industries over the years, failed in a few others. I had cancer 15 years ago and beat it. I have always enjoyed writing and perhaps I should have made a more concerted effort at it earlier in life but we all do what it takes to pay the bills.
Shining spots on my bucket list;
created an indie film magazine for 2 years
Pee'd in a hurricane.
worked with the Muppets (in a fashion).
produced a children's tv show for the local community channel
wrote/directed/edited a indie horror flick that you will never see
have 3 great kids under 10 and a wonderful wife to match
currently work as a care aide, mortgage broker and volunteer firefighter
wrote the above books.
One life goal I have yet to achieve is to drive a car through a chain-link gate and a corn field, preferably at the same time.
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The Midland Mutiny
The Mayor, Chief of Police, Newspaper editor and Radio Station Director are fired from their roles as a simple typo in Midland's Community Leader for a Day contest proves disastrous to their egos.
Stoner, Unincorporated is about the shooting of Kevin Carter, Bylaws Officer of the Township of Stoner. It is also the story of three men, lost in existential crisis of their own making. It is a story of a town where the undercover narcotics officers outnumber the drug users by two to one. It is a story of love, of faith, of economics and of Bigfoot.
Enter A Fistful Of Marijuana
Secret agents, social unrest, marijuana manifestos, panda bears and pizza delivery boys all have one thing in common; they can all be found at Wee Danpot's number one employer - LaPlantes' Greenhouses and Garden Emporium. The future has to begin somewhere.
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Smashwords book reviews by Jay Royston
- High Water
on Oct. 25, 2014
First time reading/reviewing a zombie-themed book. That said, I liked High Water. It has shades of Resident Evil and a good hypothesis of the origins of a zombie virus. The action sequences are amazingly well-written - it's obvious the author knows his martial arts moves and philosophy. He also knows his science in explaining the origins of the virus but at times it is over my head and stalls the action. Decent introduction of the 3 main characters, not very much cannabis consumption as I might have expected but it's a short teaser intro to Book 2.
In the movies, I think this would be considered 'Act 1'. I know it's already written but if the author were to edit I'd suggest moving the science into the 2nd book or dumbing it down significantly and keeping the B story more open-ended. It's a good start to something bigger. If possible, I'd give it 3.5/5.