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, iron worker, framer, painter, mink ranch hand, assembly line rubber factory, concrete laborer, cherry picker, framer, freelance astronaut (no offers), boilermaker apprentice, electrician, 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. My writing has garnered several awards in a few genres. I've climbed the Great Wall of China, been forced to live in Australia because I was broke when I arrived, honeymooned with Gloria during the Grenada Revolution and saw Maurice Bishop, snorkeled with a marlin, 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.
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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
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
*"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
"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
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.
“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.
"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.
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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.
on July 27, 2013
Gives eBooks a bad name. Cardboard characters, no drama or suspense, and no emotion or conflict. Read a third of it and found it boring. Nothings happens in the story except that I nodded off several times.