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William James Stoness grew up on a farm in Eastern Ontario. After graduating from Queen’s University he started into a career teaching Chemistry. A youthful interest in geography and geology encouraged him to travel by RV across Canada and the United States where he photographed scenery and geological phenomena.
It was this travel which developed an interest in the Old West, an interest which has led him to write several novels about the never ending fight between the ‘good cowboys and the bad hombres’.
In his westerns, Mr. Stoness writes with an exciting descriptive style, emphasizing the beauty of the southwest, and matching the stories to the terrain to create a feel of reality.
In his novel ‘The Yellowstone Hotspot’, the author fashions his tale around the geologically active volcanic hotspot that exists under the famous park.
Mr. Stoness is also working on a scenic driving series “Tour North America”. Each travel guide consists of several driving tours that interconnect so that the reader can link together driving tours which interest him to create longer scenic drives, all of which list things to see and do. Each book is packed with photos and maps. Geological interesting facts help explain the marvelous scenery of this continent.
Over his lifetime the author has had many varied experiences. He has been a pilot, a teacher, and a farmer and is a skilled carpenter using lumber from his own sawmill. As well, he has been involved in conservation, is an advanced ham operator, and spent time as head of council in municipal politics. Mr. Stoness creates his travel guides using Adobe InDesign.