J. Crispin-Ripley

J. Crispin-Ripley long said he?d write a novel "some day." The passing of a close friend, from natural causes at the age of 41 made him realize "some day" best be soon. If he was going to write "The Great Canadian Novel" (GCN) he?d better get cracking. Several years of flogging away produced a draft he could barely stand reading. This wasn?t as easy as it looked. He took a deep breath and revised. Still dreadful. He exorcised several characters the third time, and decided the result was passable... and that he was sick and tired of the remaining characters. He needed a break from them.

Having spent several years aspiring to the lofty literary heights of his home and native land, Crispin-Ripley resolved to write something that would never be nominated for the Governor-General’s Awards or the Booker. And, since he had such a hard time writing, he?d let someone else author this one. Marc Maki popped in from an alternate universe with the first volume of his memoirs, and The Wrong Places appeared on Crispin-Ripley’s hard drive overnight. It needed editing but, between the two of them, Crispin-Ripley and Maki eventually produced a work that will be published simultaneously in both realities.

Crispin-Ripley also has had several short stories in The Wandering Troll and Lovewords, some of which can be found at www.efigments.com in the company of others he never found the nerve to submit.

Crispin-Ripley claims his work is influenced by the music of Mozart, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Gustav Mahler, and the fiction of Hesse, Charles de Lint, John Irving and Tom Robbins. Most people think he says this largely to create a list that will attract search engines.

Titles Available from J. Crispin-Ripley

"The Wrong Places" is a comedy of manners masquerading as a mystery.

Marcel Maki (Marc) is a gigolo and a "kept man". He doesn't see it that way, and he's the writer. The reader should know better. Marc's a ghost-writer, specializing in celebrity autobiographies. When his wealthy university "sweetheart" asks him to look into the disappearance of her father he resists until she and her family make it clear that he has no choice but to do what they want. Trouble is, all the members of the family want different things.
The Image of Christian is a fable about fame, celebrity, and other illusions. Christian answers a "help wanted" ad on the Internet and gets more than the job he desperately needs. His new boss, Grace, owns bits and pieces of this and that all over the world.

The Compact ending the "Atlantis thing" prohibited Diluvian interference on Terra. But treaties are made to be broken and, from the beginning, some Diluvians meddled. Others were assigned to observe and, occasionally, report back.
[Sequel to The Image of Christian]

Sex and spies, limousines and luxury hotels--Christian is on top of world. He feels more like it's on top of him. The media says he's been blessed by the gods but the media is comprised of liars and fools; Christian is under a curse, and knows it. He doesn't know why, or how to escape. In a freestanding novel that ends the story begun in 2003 EPPIE finalist, The Image of Christian, Christian tries to take apart what the gods have wrought. Can he succeed and find love in a world of illusions? His life depends on it.

Warning: Contains explicit descriptions of adult sexual situations.

Are heroes born, or created? Abducted by aliens and given the standard hero contract to rescue a maiden, kill a monster and save a world, Arthur MacDonald is in a unique position to discover the answer to that question. Or to discover the question is unanswerable.

A freestanding novel, Glory Unbound continues the story begun in Adornments of Glory, following Arthur to Diluvia, Terra's sister planet. Is Arthur a hero? Does he become one? Or does he die? (a hint--the answer to at least one of those question, is "yes.")

Sex spurred the Internet’s growth in the late 20th century. In the middle of the 22nd, sex drives the automaton industry. Seventy years after the Holy Wars officially ended, ?tons are needed. The world is a smaller place; its population has climbed back to over a billion, former coastal areas are under water and much of the Pacific Rim has disappeared into the Pacific.
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