E. R. Yatscoff


Most mysteries and suspense novels have to do with cops, lawyers, and PIs. My protagonist is a firefighter and is the first firefighter pulp fiction in Canada. True grit and reality are my writing tenets.
My juvenile/middle grade/chapter books have no magic wands, wise talking creatures, vampires, or parallel worlds. I write stories about children, not so much specifically for children. Many adults enjoy my writing because of this. My stories are about unassuming boys who get in trouble and must prove themselves and show the world they have hearts of lions. There's fighting, conflict, loyalty, bullies, integrity, and courage. I've read samples to Grade 4 and 5 students and garnered excellent reviews.

I was born in Welland, Ontario, a blue-collar town in the Niagara Peninsula. Backpacked the world and lived in Australia. I've worked as a paperboy, grocery clerk, sales rep, all types of construction work, painter, mink ranch hand, assembly line rubber factory, cherry picker, freelance astronaut (no offers), boilermaker apprentice, various sales jobs, delivery driver, father, coach, and career firefighter and officer for 32 years. I've also played drums in the Black Gold Big Band for 8 years.
I retired as fire captain with Edmonton Fire Rescue, a large Canadian metro fire service. I live in Beaumont, Alberta with Gloria, whom I met on a freighter/passenger ship from Jakarta to Singapore. I've climbed the Great Wall of China, been down and out living in Australia, honeymooned with Gloria during the Grenada Revolution and saw Maurice Bishop, snorkeled with a marlin, almost smuggled a Playboy into Communist Russia, tossed eggs at an Aussie PM, was in Havana when Fidel shocked Cubans and stepped down. My wife made a pot of tea for the Queen of England in N.Z.
I travel widely, do a bit of fishing and boating, drink demon rum, manage a writers group, do occasional renos, and sit on my butt outside in the good weather reading a decent book. My writing work consists of travel articles, YA, juvenile, how-tos, and has garnered several awards. Check out my website for some excellent short stories.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of mysteries and suspense, especially liking characters that are put in spots they are not familiar with. I lover Elmore Leonard, Dan Fesperman, George Pelecanos, James Clavell, James Lee Burke, Pierre Berton, and even Scott Turow. Between every three or four fiction reads I like to pick up a non-fiction. Right now its Chuvalo, the great Canadian heavyweight boxer autobiography.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle 4. I travel a lot and like the convenience and knowing I can download a book anywhere there is WiFi.
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Where to find E. R. Yatscoff online

Where to buy in print


Necessary Lies
Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Body cleansing & detoxification, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healthcare issues
(3.00 from 1 review)
One particular med call I will remember for a long, long time when I worked as a fire rescue captain. If you like this story please purchase my novels and you'll see some very good crime writing and young reader stories. The prices are great.
The Rumrunner's Boy
Price: $3.29 USD. Words: 53,190. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense, Fiction » Historical » Canada
‘A wild ride with Lake Erie’s rumrunners. Guns, gangsters, smuggling, and a teen who gets thrown into the maelstrom. YA readers and others are going to enjoy this!” -Bookkus Publishing
Lunch Bucket Road
Price: Free! Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Social history, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
Winner of the 2017 John Bilsland Literary Short story Award for Non-fiction. 'The neighborhood men emerged from their homes and funneled onto the path like clockwork as though a great magnet drew them six times a day, back and forth: day shifts, afternoons, and night shifts--a cycle as sure and precise as the movements of the sun.' An ode to the factory workers of the past.
Gerry's War
Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 126,480. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Ex-fire captain Gerry Ormond figures his new position as Niagara Fall Fire Chief will be an easy gig. He not only discovers a dysfunctional department, but a corrupt one as well. Winning each battle will be difficult, but the administration has taken away his bullets--he’s only a figurehead.
Teeth of the Cocodrilo
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 101,910. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Fate plays its hand to bind ex-firefighter Aaron Landers and Mexican police Commandant Luis Gutierrez, together when he saves the lives of Luis' sons in Cancun. Aaron falls for the alluring Maria Vasquez who comes with a vengeful, estranged husband and a sordid past with Luis. Opportunity arrives in easy money scams, but the small crimes turn on them and explode into murder and revenge.
Old Flames
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,800. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Fire Captain Gerry Ormond is launched to national prominence and receives the prestigious Governor General’s Medal of Valor. He visits his hometown after a twenty year absence and unwittingly unleashes a killer--a vengeful arsonist with ties to an old murder and theft of a treasure by a teenage fraternity.
Voodoo Bully
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 36,230. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Law & Crime, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
Evens Duluce, a small ambitious Haitian boy, knows the man who poisoned Scraps, his dog, but can do little about it. He vows to get even somehow, someway. Perhaps the voodoo can help.
Final Response
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,520. Language: Canadian English. Published: May 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The Polar Vortex has grown stronger with every winter, ravaging northern cities, and forcing an evacuation of a major city until springtime. Firefighter Captain Jack Sellars and his men are contracted to protect the city with one mandate: don't let the city burn down. With no power or gas, and all the citizens gone, what could possibly happen?
The Blob...In My Shoes
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 55,630. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
If you found a substance that no one in the world knew about and would absolutely guarantee you success and a bright future, would you use it? Is it legal? Would it be cheating if you used it in a track meet? No one really knows--and no one can know. It`s an experimental synthetic substance, a blob, and close enough to magic for two high school boys. Big risk, big reward.
The Far Bank
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 50,320. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate
*"The plot, characters, and interactions between the children and adults are all things editors look for." - Heacock Literary Agency ***** Keeping the bullies at bay, a paper route from hell, and a dangerous swim race across the Welland Canal will change Ricky's life forever. Getting through the week is going to take smarts, stamina, and plenty of courage.
Out On A Limb
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 31,280. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
(4.00 from 1 review)
"You are a fine writer with a great sense of drama and a good grasp of what boys will read." - Lisa Rojany-Bucieri, Americhip Book. ***** Build a tree house under Egghead's nose? Wait a minute, Egghead is Big Bill's mean old landlord who hates all kids and kills all cats. Big Bill and Squirt will need courage, smarts, and timing. Getting caught by the old man is not an option
Gerry's War
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 126,330. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Gerry Ormond returns as a Niagara Falls fire chief and is plunged into a world of extortion, bribery, and embezzlement, along with the brutal Red Mafiya, who are hijacking a casino project. City administration has neutered the chief's power leaving him powerless. After the death of two firefighters due to neglect, Gerry declares war. He underestimates his enemies and they push back hard.
True Grit
Price: Free! Words: 2,780. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Growing Up
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
Delivering papers in a snowstorm was an ordeal and took an awful lot of grit. It almost broke him. This is a short story, a true one, of the author's first job. If you enjoy this story please check out my crime and young reader novels.
Archie's Gold
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 39,630. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books, Fiction » Children’s books
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
“A spellbinding juvenile mystery novel that is sheer magic." - Michele Rooney Literary Agency ***** “…I was charmed by Archie.” – The Rights Factory ***** Archie Crane shines shoes on the mean streets of a tough blue collar town amidst ex-cons, drunks, and dirty cops. When he finds a stolen golden coin in his money can he's thrown into a world of trouble where everyone wants a piece of the pie.
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 31,280. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
"A real page-turner, I couldn't put it down." - Alberta Writing for Youth Competition (anonymous judge) ***** "I did finish reading Ransom...I did enjoy it. The characters were unique, had grit, and brought their own unique elements to the story." - ECW Press ***** Three friends face off against a larger gang in a suspenseful story of integrity, bravery, and friendship in a territorial battle.
Old Flames
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,900. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(4.57 from 14 reviews)
"You have a real talent with language. Every scene you describe is vivid, and the dialogue is alive and authentic."-TransAtlantic Literary Agency *** Once a wild teenager in a renegade fraternity, now a heroic Fire Captain, Gerry Ormond visits his hometown and fights to keep his old crime hidden. With an ace fire investigator on his tail, his life begins to unravel, as old friends become enemies

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Smashwords book reviews by E. R. Yatscoff

  • Bluegums (Lucien Caye Private Eye Story) on March 01, 2012

    I like the detective Lucien and the story starts off okay in the Deep South. Good imaging and dialogue. It deteriorates into the creatures doing *&^&^* to the woman and the detective really doesn't seem to care about the weird creatures or the woman and there's no detecting to be done. He just comes along for the ride. Hey, but it's a freebie. A good base story here. I'd develop it into a real horror/ erotica. Thanks for the download.