Alan J. Yates was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and moved to Canada in his late teens, where he pursued a career in journalism and broadcasting that would last over thirty years. He received his university education in Canada, with a B.A. in English and French Literature from Concordia University in Montreal and an Honours M.A. and Ph.D in Communications from McGill University in Montreal. His thesis was on the broadcast plays of the late Canadian author, W.O. Mitchell.
Throughout his career, he lived in Montreal, Edmonton, Alberta and in Ottawa, Ontario, where he is presently retired and lives with his second wife, Carla Curran. The present work is in some ways a sequel to his first novel, “Figs of the Imagination,” which is loosely based on his adventures growing up in Scotland in the forties and fifties.