Hi there and welcome to my website. I am a full-time editor and a freelance writer. My day job is Opinions Editor at the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper. I edit our daily op-ed page for the print edition as well as our online Opinion page.
My freelance writing includes writing my first book — in this case co-writing — How We Did It: The Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School and Life, the memoirs of NHL hockey dad and inspirational educator Karl Subban. It was published on Oct. 3, 2017 in English in North America by Random House and in French by Flammarion Quebec. Karl and I had the thrill of seeing the book debut on both the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail national bestsellers list. There is a drop-down menu with information about the book.
I have been writing since my university days with The Gazette, the university paper at Western University, in the mid-to-late ’80s. I was a news reporter for seven years in the late ’80s and ’90s. Most recently, from 2012 to 2014, I wrote a twice-monthly parenting column for the Toronto Star, called “Late in the Game,” about becoming a father of twins later in life. You can read my columns, as well as a few other commentary articles, on my Toronto Star author page.
I also write satirical fiction for the Feathertale Review. I plan to post some of those stories on this website soon, so I hope you come back for a look.
I created this website to promote my writing and the book. My main message as an author is to stress the power of storytelling. When I set out to write the outline and proposal for How We Did It, I did so by following some invaluable advice. Author and friend Charles Wilkins reminded me our book should be “all about the stories.” Stitch together as many compelling stories as I can from Karl’s life that will captivate, entertain and challenge the reader while also building the narrative that delivers the book’s true message. How We Did It is the story of Karl Subban’s life but the subtext that drove the narrative arc is how to get any child to develop his or her potential. I hope we succeeded in doing that.
While I am trying to promote my writing, I have been a full-time editor for more than 20 years, having held a variety of editing positions at the Kingston Whig-Standard, the Southam News Parliamentary bureau in Ottawa, the Hamilton Spectator and the Toronto Star. I have strong views about the role of an editor and what a good editor does — and doesn’t do. I have taken those views and my experiences to create customized writing seminars, which were quite popular. I would love to teach these seminars more often.
I am always open to new writing and editing opportunities, so send me an email if you have a project you’d like to collaborate on or are interested in one of my customized editing seminars.
I have also started working on my second book. It will be part memoir and part self-help book. The theme is about starting over. More updates coming as the book develops.