Gordon Garland

Biography

The Author was born in Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A. to Canadian parents living abroad. He currently lives in Goderich, Ontario, Canada in the County of Huron. Before that he lived for 30 years in Toronto and spent some part of every year in Goderich. He says he is 27 years old with an aging disease, but we don’t believe that. "A Weekend by the Lake" is his first ebook.

Gord has written Opinion Articles for The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail newspapers including: “How the decks were stacked against democracy,” “Don’t let the Games begin,” “Public inquiry needed into ’99 election” and “Taking on the Tories on day care.” He has also published articles in Ontario Out of Doors magazine: “When Time Stood Still” and “Hunting Larger Deer.”

He holds a Masters Degree from the University of Toronto and an Honors B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. Degrees, however, aren’t worth much unless you put them to use. Gord has worked as a commercial painter, researcher, program analyst, market analyst, housing analyst / regional economist and policy analyst. He holds Canadian and U.S. Patents for an original invention ‘The Anglers’ Holster.’

He enjoys hunting and fishing, music and exploring life through writing. He sees short stories as a tool for communicating life experiences and notes: “As human beings we are capable of so much more than we will ever accomplish.” He writes in a style described as Modern English and hopes that his writing will temporarily stop the world and melt with you, the reader.

Connect with Gord Garland

E-mail mail to: gordo.garland@gmail.com
Fax: 1-519-612-1011
Mailing Address:
61 Essex Street / Goderich, Ontario / Canada, N7A 2H5
Smashwords Author Page

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I draw on experiences. Ideally I want to create a story that has both an emotional connection and strong story line, and at some point you want to put the reader right beside you in the action. The first thing is to get the story down on paper or in your computer, then to hone it. Honing involves adding more depth where needed, cutting back on extra words and editing the content so that the story is shaped and flows for the reader. Often I'll write smaller sections in long hand, sometimes just a phrase, sentence or paragraph to be added. There are always several 'final edits' before I'm satisfied.
How do you approach cover design?
Your cover has to have a connection with your content. You want the viewer to somehow become emotionally involved. I think a cover should create questions in the reader's mind. Questions that are answered in the book. Why is the man's back to us, why is he standing on a bench? So the first step is to come up with a cover 'concept' and 'image.' Sounds simple, but it's difficult to keep things simple. Then ask "What are the words that need to be on the cover and where should they be?" The final step is to work with a cover designer who can add real value and achieve what you cannot achieve alone. This involves establishing a good working relationship with your cover designer and being clear about expectations.
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Books

A Weekend By The Lake: Short Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,030. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
'A Weekend By The Lake' takes us on a journey of ADVENTURE and SUSPENSE in twelve short stories. An undercurrent of rock 'n roll runs through it. Unbelievable situations become real. Lessons are learned along the way. Experience wonder, beauty, fear, redemption, magic, retribution and laughter. Meet Elvis, nature, bullies, bikers, Huron Indians, investigators, squirrels and the Premier. Read on!!

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action    adventure    bikers    canada    harvard    historical    lake huron    stories    suspense    united states