Alan J. Yates was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland but moved to Canada in his late teens to embark on a career in journalism and broadcasting that would span more than three decades, most of it in news and documentary programming with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.He also pursued an academic career in parallel, with two graduate degrees from McGill University in Montreal and taught Communications at the University of Ottawa.His doctoral dissertation was on the radio plays of the late Canadian author, W.O. Mitchell and was released in a published version by Trafford. His first novel, set in Scotland, "Figs of the Imagination," was also published by Trafford. After his retirement, he moved temporarily to Southwestern France, where he attempted to restore an old mill as a retirement home and B & B. The challenges he faced while both working on the mill and trying to integrate into French rural life and society are chronicled in "Turn Mill, Turn. Yates currently lives and continues to write for pleasure, in Ottawa, Canada, with his wife, Carla Curran.