E. R. Yatscoff
Most mysteries and suspense novels have to do with cops, lawyers, and PIs. My protagonist is a firefighter and is the only firefighter pulp fiction in Canada. True grit and reality are my writing tenets.
My juvenile/middle grade/chapter books have no magic wands, wise talking creatures, vampires, or parallel worlds. My stories are about unassuming boys who get in trouble and must prove themselves and show the world they have hearts of lions. There's fighting, conflict, loyalty, bullies, integrity, and courage. I've read samples to Grade 4 and 5 students and garnered excellent reviews.
I was born in Welland, Ontario, a blue-collar town in the Niagara Peninsula. Backpacked the world and lived in Australia. I've never been fired from a job: paperboy, grocery clerk, sales rep, iron worker, framer, painter, mink ranch hand, assembly line rubber factory, concrete pouring, cherry picker, framer, freelance astronaut (no offers), boilermaker apprentice, electrician, various sales jobs, delivery driver, father, coach, and career firefighter and officer for 32 years. I've also played drums in the Black Gold Big Band for 8 years.
I retired as fire captain with Edmonton Fire Rescue, a large metro fire service. I live in Beaumont, AB. with Gloria, whom I met on a freighter/passenger ship from Jakarta to Singapore. My writing has garnered several awards in a few genres. I travel widely, do a bit of fishing and boating, drink demon rum, manage a writers group, do occasional renos, repair everything of mine that's wearing down or breaking, and sit on my butt outside in the good weather reading a decent book. Check out my website for some excellent short stories.
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The Far Bank
by E. R. Yatscoff
Approx. 46,510 words.
Published on January 1, 2013.
*"The plot, characters, and interactions between the children and adults are all things editors look for." - Heacock Literary Agency *****
Keeping the bullies at bay, a paper route from hell, and a dangerous swim race across the Welland Canal will change Ricky's life forever. Getting through the week is going to take smarts, stamina, and plenty of courage.
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- Bluegums (Lucien Caye Private Eye Story)
on March 01, 2012
I like the detective Lucien and the story starts off okay in the Deep South. Good imaging and dialogue. It deteriorates into the creatures doing *&^&^* to the woman and the detective really doesn't seem to care about the weird creatures or the woman and there's no detecting to be done. He just comes along for the ride. Hey, but it's a freebie. A good base story here. I'd develop it into a real horror/ erotica. Thanks for the download.
- Love Thy Neighbor
on Feb. 12, 2013
Well written but short on imaging and emotion.
on July 27, 2013
Gives eBooks a bad name. Cardboard characters, no drama or suspense, and no emotion or conflict. Read a third of it and found it boring. Nothings happens in the story except that I nodded off several times.