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I’m Randal J. Belaire, but my friends call me Randy. I am from Pembroke, Ontario, Canada.
I have always been a fan of television shows like Kung Fu, Star Trek, and Quantum Leap and movie franchises like Indiana Jones and Star Wars among other great sci-fi/fantasy stories. I have always been a huge fan of super-hero comics and movies. In my teens, I used to play RPGs with friends. In 1992, we used to play a popular super-hero role-playing game, but this time I wanted to create my own character. Trying to give a sense of uniqueness to the game, I came up with the design and a quick history. And voila, (that’s my French kicking in) the Shadow Chaser came to life. From that first night, I started to develop the character, and he has evolved ever since.
In 1991, I wrote my first story. At first, it started out as a home movie for my school drama class, but it ended up becoming an unpublished novel. The Knife of Jack Ripper experienced many re-writes before I finally completed it and stored it on the shelf. In 1994, I started writing small stories about the Shadow Chaser. A year later, I wrote The Reckoning: Chronicles of the Shadow Chaser. But the story became a whopping 200,000-word novel. I knew, for a first-time author, a story this huge would be frowned upon by most publishers. After taking a second look at the book, I turned it into a two-book series. The first book, The Resurgence: Chronicles of the Shadow Chaser will be out soon. The Second book, The Reckoning: Chronicles of the Shadow Chaser will follow.
When I am not working on Shadow Chaser, I am writing poetry. One poem, “Tragedy in September” became the campaign slogan for Humber College’s World Trade Center Memorial Committee. The former Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson, received a copy of the poem and generously mailed me a thank you note.
I have had a passion for writing since I was 10 years old. I pursued that interest to North Bay where I studied journalism at Canadore College. I received the North Bay Nugget Journalism Award. I am a currently a freelance writer and photographer. My articles have appeared in newspapers all across Ontario and on the Internet. My most renowned piece was a five-part series on child pornography called, “They Hide in Suits.” The feature appeared in Osprey newspapers across Ontario.
Writing is my life, and I love telling a story. I thank you all for taking the time to share my stories with me. There is nothing like a good read to transport you to another world. Take care and happy reading.