Ian McKinley is a Canadian diplomat currently on leave to follow his wife of 21 years, Josée Lanctôt, to beautiful New Brunswick and in so doing pursue his dream of becoming a professional writer. He writes what he calls “fantastic realism,” a genre that breaks away from the clichéd storylines of fantasy wherein pure good confronts ultimate evil for global domination. Instead, the characters in his novels are driven by the same things that drive real people: love, hate, greed, ambition and honour, yes … but also fear and yearning.
His first novel, The Gallows Gem of Prallyn, was released to positive reviews in November 2014. It throws together an explosive mixture of zealotry, class oppression, and nationalism, the results of which take the reader on a gripping adventure.
He is currently editing Harbinger, Book I of the duology, Northern Fire that is due for release in November 2015. In Northern Fire, Ian explores questions around culture and the type of civilizations it constructs, the tools of social control, and whether an individual can change the fate of a nation.
Ian was born in Calgary, Alberta, and grew up in Northern Ireland and on the Canadian prairies. He graduated from University of Lethbridge and joined the foreign service shortly thereafter. He has served abroad in Colombia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and at the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. He speaks English, French and Spanish.
The Gallows Gem of Prallyn