The Author: Brian Lloyd French
Writing & Creative Experience
I have always been a writer, but like most of my ilk have never made a living at it.. I have been a columnist for one of Canada's largest dailies - the Toronto Sun - and have ghosted or written in my own name dozens of newspaper articles, written God-Only-Knows how many speeches and even drafted correspondence for a Prime Minister of Canada. My work has appeared in the Toronto Sun, the Toronto Star, and the National Post. From a business perspective, I have had pieces in "Real Estate Forum" (New York), "Site Selection" (Atlanta), "Canadian Business" (Toronto) and been a regular contributor to the "The Global Market Report" (Princeton). I was also a travel columnist for "Visit Cuba".
I grew up in a small town in New Brunswick: Sackville, home to the esteemed Mount Allison University. The cultural environment there stimulated my wide interests in creative things, especially literature and history.
I studied English Literature and Canadian History at the University of New Brunswick.
In the last while, as I approached completion of my first novel, "Mojito", I launched a blog devoted to Cuba at www.mojitonovel.com. I live in Toronto Beaches with Kathy and Will and Davey the Scottish Terrier.
Ronnie Gilles Leblanc – Historian Emeritus – Parks Canada: Moncton - Ronnie Gilles is a walking compendium of all knowledge on the Acadians and how they lived. He was an enormous help with my research and I will thank him eternally.
Dr. Ruth Whitehead - formerly staff ethnologist and assistant curator in history at the Nova Scotia Museum. Dr. Whitehead was very generous in sharing time by educating me on how aboriginals lived in Acadia.
Juliette Bulmer – Historian – Parks Canada: Fort Beausejour - Juliette is a terrific source of knowledge on the Fort and all around it and got me pointed in the right direction.
David Mawhinney and Sarah Story at Mount Allison University for more background and guidance.
Ron Trueman – Beausejour Historian and Pointe de Butte Resident. Ron's Grandfather wrote one of the most authoritative books on the Tantramar area and Ron has continued this legacy and is a walking authority on the land and where things happened.
Don Colpitts – Beausejour Historian and Pointe de Butte Resident
Colin MacKinnon – Marshes Ecologist and Historian: Environment Canada. Don and Colin prowl the marshes looking to prove where events actually happened. Most likely to be found in rubber boots.
Allan Balser – Pointe de Butte Resident - My sister's base of sensibility who owns an ancient farmhouse overlooking le Loutre's "new" aboiteau on the Riviere Au Lac.
Francois Leblanc – Historian – Memramcook Institut de Lefebvre now at U De M.
For now, those who got me to love and want to learn more Canadian history...
Late Dr. Bernie Vigod and Late Professor Ken Windsor at UNB. Dr. Phil Buckner at UNB. Colin Leonard and Brad Slauenwhite, Teachers at TRHS.