More than a half century ago the winter solstice delivered me to this world. It was a Wednesday. A bleak and foul day – cold and snowing; a day custom tailored for the arrival of such a child as me. Created in Ireland, I made the journey across the Atlantic to Canada and then on to the city of my birth.
Edmonton in winter can be a cruel place for the unprepared; I was up to the task. I came into the world screaming like a warrior on his way to battle, four days too early for sainthood; an injustice I have spent my life compensating for.
I was the first born of three sons. The pressure of the responsibilities associated with such rank wore heavy on me, but I met every challenge with honor. One of my few refuges was the quiet times I spent alone inside my own head. I allowed my imagination free rein to create worlds that didn’t exist. I created stories that amused and entertained me. They gave me a host of imaginary friends that amazed and challenged me.
The sources for my stories is varied. Some are interpretations of tales shared with me by trusted shaman. Others were concocted from scattered and somewhat unreliable memories of parties I attended. Still others are adaptations of creations I shared with pretty young prospects in my dating days. Some are from the memories of my youth. Some I have no idea where they came from – perhaps fragmented memories of nightmares or dreams.
Those that know me will deny the validity of some of these recollections. I am a writer of fiction, and these are the events as my mind has preserved them. All fiction is garnished with traces of truth. In all cases, the focus of my writing is story. I believe fiction is for the heart and imagination. The sole purpose is entertainment; an escape for the senses.
I have studied a variety of seemingly diverse topics throughout my life; feeding an also insatiable desire to learn, and I have been employed in myriad occupations. I have been an avid motorcyclist, skydiver, recreational pilot, philosopher, magician, psychiatrist, saxophonist, clarinettist, and a computer slave. I am a father, step-father, husband, ATM, and master of domineering lower forms.
I enjoy cold beer on a hot day, laughter with friends, short walks, children laughing and playing, beautiful music, beautiful women, moonlit nights, rolling breakers, and writing. I enjoy and cherish my siblings, parents, family, friends, memories, and myself.
My writing started for my own amusement and sanity. It allowed me imaginary friends without looking too weird. Taking work of mine, publishing it, and sharing with the world is a scary proposition. A written work, even one of fiction, allows a certain insight into the mind of its author.
Welcome to my mind – I hope you brought a flashlight.
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by S.M. Dougan
Bart Prentice is arrested for murder, and Connor Shea intends to prove his innocence. His investigation angers a group of deadly underworld individuals and in doing so puts Angela, their daughter and himself in danger. Connor will risk everything to save his family, but time is running out.
The Wilder Doctrine
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Zane Wilder didn't believe demons and monsters were real... until he found himself responsible for guarding humanity from them. Zane falls for a forbidden young woman with exceptional abilities, Katrina, but when Katrina, and the lives of a great many innocent people are put at risk, Zane will defy his master and his doctrine and risk his existence to save them.
Truth and Vengeance
by S.M. Dougan
Angela Evans is once again able to kindle a new relationship only to thrust her new love, Connor, into a new string of murders. Using her power and position, Angela acquires information she shouldn't have and with the help of Connor and the police they work to find the killer. When Angela goes missing the race is on to find her before she joins the growing number of victims
by S.M. Dougan
With Angela Michaels' wedding fast approaching, her obsession to find her father intensifies. With the aid of an unscrupulous compter tech and a work and tired ex-police detective Angela believes she will be successful. But when Angela becomes the prime suspect in her new husband's murder, the race is on to clear her name and find the real killer before more of the people she loves are murdered
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