Nowick Gray

Biography

I have lived and traveled throughout North America, in recent years embarking on wider travels. Having taught in Inuit schools in the Arctic, built a homestead in the BC mountains, and performed with West African drum and dance troupes, I currently make my home in Victoria, BC, working as a freelance copy editor and writer, with several published works of fiction and nonfiction.

Smashwords Interview

What was the inspiration for your book, Rendezvous?
The core story in Rendezvous is a real-life adventure my family and I experienced in 1987 in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. The successful outcome of that adventure, with its numerous challenges and pitfalls, allowed me to muse on a variety of “what-if” scenarios stemming from the actual story line - most of them disastrous. In the paranormal sense, and structurally in the novella, I conceived of these as alternative timelines or parallel realities. Somehow karmically the other characters and I “chose” the one scenario leading to our survival.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is to tap into that miracle of creation itself. The characters take on a life of their own, the story writes itself through me. There is a lot of satisfaction too in working with the material, helping to shape it as it shapes itself. There is also the hard-earned joy of crafting and improving the work after the first drafts. But the core joy comes from the role of midwife in the birthing of a new reality.
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Where to find Nowick Gray online


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Books

Red Rock Road, Light Blue Sea
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,010. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
Midlife Canadians in a fledgling relationship, Wilson and Noella trek the wild edges of Spain and Portugal, a honeymoon-flavored pilgrimage of creative inspiration. Navigating between bliss and burnout, they retreat to the island of Formentera, where their rustic cottage proves a crucible of reinvention: of self, of love, of new art.
The Last Book: Further Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 108,310. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Mashups
Thomas Mann’s unfinished European classic takes a speculative turn when Felix Krull meets his match, the first woman president, in a dystopian future.
Rendezvous at Jumbo Pass: A Twisting Tale of Wilderness Survival
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,350. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Mountaineering, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
A wilderness cabin becomes a dream-box of catastrophe and survival, in this true adventure with a paranormal twist. Will hikes with a companion to meet his wife and 3-year-old daughter in BC’s remote Jumbo Pass. An overnight storm pushes Will to the brink of deadly choices, at fate’s mercy. Think Groundhog Day, in the heart of the Canadian wilderness.
My Country: Essays and Stories from the Edge of Wilderness
Price: Free! Words: 46,720. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Nature
Nowick Gray harks to the tradition of Emerson and Thoreau in portraying his “life in the woods” of interior British Columbia in the last two decades of the twentieth century. These vivid essays and fictional stories reach from the environment of our collective past to remind us of the enduring mysteries of nature still around and within us all.
Strange Love / Romance Not For Sale
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,640. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Eighteen stories of aching realism reveal the mysteries and perils of romantic promise. These are lyrical, sometimes magical stories whose characters are nevertheless "fully fleshed out... living and breathing"; who crave, and sometimes find, light in the labyrinths of the heart.
Friday Night Jam
Price: Free! Words: 18,580. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Alternative, Nonfiction » Music » Jazz
Experiential advice to beginning drummers, or to longtime musicians who have not yet had the opportunity or courage to attempt improvisational collaboration with others. This chronicle conveys the challenge of merging diverse musical instruments, genres and personalities; of attempting to produce quality music in a venue that welcomes relative beginners, lifelong amateurs, and random drop-ins.
PsyBot: A Novel of Virtual Reality
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,350. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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PsyBot is every programmer's nightmare: the bug that gets loose on the user side of the interface. When a cyber virus infects Joe Norton and drives him toward a deadly mission, he discovers that virtual reality is not confined to hardware. Is the only way out, to go further in? Seeking the elusive target, Norton confronts a wider mind-control agenda poised to launch on his success.

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