G.P. Keith lives in Toronto in a household dominated by two opinionated and irresistible miniature pinschers. His world-view is defined by two personality traits: being an irrepressible romantic and having an insatiable curiosity about how things work, both within and beyond his skin.
G.P. Keith has published a number of articles and stories for gay magazines in the past, along with some historical non-fiction, and he welcomes the rising world of m/m romance fiction, which provides the opportunity for exploring what he now believes to be the ultimate secret of human existence: the mysterious operation of the human heart, and its ability to grow when broken.
Welcome to the blog. Glad to have you here today. On with the questions.
Canada has a lot of majestic natural beauty spots, but my own favourite spot in Canada, that I really think anyone visiting really MUST visit, is the park in downtown Stratford (Ontario) that lies on the Avon River (named after Stratford-upon-Avon in Great Britain). To me this location represents the quintescence of civilized, laid-back beauty that harkens back to Ye Olde Englande, even to having swans in the central lake. Stratford is a small town that has several theatres which do Shakespeare and other plays, and offers a wonderful, lazy cultural experience.
2. Can you ice skate? Do you understand the rules of hockey and have a favourite team? (please don’t be the Maple Leafs)
I can ice skate, but not well. I never liked watching hockey, so never learned the finer points of the rules (such as “icing”). Decades later, when watching the Olympic hockey matches, I realized that what I hated about hockey was the scraping sound of the skates on the ice – like fingernails on a blackboard for me – but when I couldn’t hear that sound, as in the Olympics matches, I do like watching.
3. Do you think there is a quintessential Canadian food? What would you serve guests who demand some real Canadian food?
For me the most quintessential Canadian food is poutine (French fries covered with cheese curds and brown gravy) – yum!.
4. How many provinces/territories have you visited? Have you ever been to the arctic?
I have visited 8 of the 10 provinces, but none of the northern territories. I haven’t been to the arctic, though at times during the winter I sometimes feel I have experienced a taste of them.
5. What was your first published story?
My first published story was “Subway Stud” an erotic story about an encounter with a stranger on a Toronto subway late at night.
6. Have you ever written a story set in Canada? Which one?
I don’t usually state the location of my stories. In addition to “Subway Stud” mentioned above, only my romance “Out in the Back Woods” was explicitly set in Canada, in central British Columbia where I grew up.
7. Who is your favourite Canadian actor or actress?
My favourite Canadian actor is Donald Sutherland, my favourite Canadian actress is Kate Reid. Both to me represented in the roles they played the subtle reserved quality that distinguishes the Canadian sensibility.
8. Who is your favourite Canadian musical artist?
I have two favourites: K.D. Lang and Neil Young, both genius singer/songwriters, and I can’t think of anyone who has a voice as wonderful as K.D. Lang’s.
Oh, definitely a wolf. Wolves are very Canadian, lean and intelligent, sly and hardy.
10. Winter – yay or nay? Discuss.
Love winter! Love the snow. Unfortunately, where I live, Toronto, we have semi-winters only – with multiple freezing-melt cycles each season. With the salt they put on the streets and the strange semi-liquid that this produces, which rots everything, it’s pretty foul. What I love is a winter that, when it comes, stays, and the melt is only in April when the sun returns and boys play marbles and girls skip ropes. That’s the winter I grew up with in central B.C., the real Canadian winter.
11. What’s the best thing about being Canadian?
I think the great sense of space that we have. When I visited Europe I was aware of a strange sense of claustrophobia. When we returned home to Toronto, the wide skies and the broad fields were wonderful to see.
Thanks for stopping by and you can reach GP Keith at his e-mail email@example.com.