In his first historical novel, High Hopes & High Tides, Malcolm Mills relates the proud and dynamic tale of a tiny, rural community rising to international prominence as the community designs, engineers, and constructs from local lumber and expertise, the largest wooden sailing vessel ever constructed in the world. The location was the tiny port of Maitland, Nova Scotia on the Bay of Fundy. From near obscurity, blossomed an epic achievement so monumental and momentous; a host of fictional characters virtually burst into life… and the story had no choice but to be told. Today, a play based on that novel born from that historic event, is in progress.
His most recent historical fiction novel was published and released in 2011. Entitled, Beyond the Shickshock Mountains: A Canadian Talon Saga, the scene is set within the saga of a family named Talon, who forge a path across our continent in the early days of Canada.
His trade book, It’s a Tough World Out There! 25 Ways to Lose a Customer - 25 Ways to Fix It was published in 2005, shedding a satirical light on buyer–seller relationships in the world of industry.
In 2003, Malcolm wrote articles for select trade magazines such as Oceans Resources Magazine, Industrial Distribution, and Progressive Distributor Magazine.
I Am Edmonton, in 2015, brought him back to his roots, back to spinning the tales of Canada as they might have been… as they can be imagined, as viewed through the eyes of fictional characters in I Am Edmonton... a true and adventurous environment. At the time of his latest writing, Malcolm lives in Alberta where the writing took place for the book I Am Edmonton.
According to the author, Canada is far too mime in its presentation of the Canadian story. He’s been known to opine that it’s high time we let go of the hand and the perception that anything related to our dear old Uncle Sam and their story is superior. It is time to stand apart, to venture on our own, especially in the arts and where commercially viable. While it’s very nice to have our large and prosperous friend to the south, it’s high time we moved out from that shadow into our own sunshine.
Malcolm traces his roots back to Cranbrook, British Columbia, where his immigrant ancestors homesteaded in the late 1800s. Mills Road marks the old ranch location just west of the city. One day he
hopes to write a story on the area which attracted his ancestors from the old country in search of gold and free land in British Columbia.
*High Hopes & High Tides
(Gaspereau Press, ISBN-10: 1894031083 ISBN-13: 978-1894031080)
* Beyond the Shickshock Mountains: A Canadian Talon Saga
(Asteroid Publishing ISBN 978-1-926720-09-8)
* It’s a Tough World Out There! 25 Ways to Lose a Customer - 25 Ways to Fix It
(Xlibris Corp 2005 ISBN-10: 141345111X, ISBN-13: 978-14134511150)