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Alan Kemister is the pen name of Phil Yeats, a retired scientist living in Halifax Nova Scotia who is experimenting with creative writing. He has a keen interest in environmental science and dabbled in yachting and golf before turning to fiction. Yachting can be physically challenging, golf offers gentler exercise but more frustration, creative writing, no exercise but maximum frustration. Can this be a positive trend?
Most of his short stories were written using the pen name Alan Kemister to keep a minimal degree of separation between his real science and the fictional variants in some of the stories. He has completed drafts of novels in both science fiction and mystery genres using his Alan Kemister pen name.
The Evergreen Writers Group has provided positive feedback and encouragement that helped get the first of these novels to completion. Along the way, the group has published two anthologies of short stories – Out of the Mist: 22 Atlantic Canadian Ghost Stories and Off Highway: Journeys of Nova Scotia Writers. They are available in paperback and e-book formats on Amazon. The group’s third anthology – Water’s Edge: Prose and Poetry Celebrating Nova Scotia’s Aquatic Heritage was published in March 2020.
Those publishing experiences contributed to Phil’s efforts to get his novels to press. A Body in the Sacristy, the first book in the Barrettsport Mysteries series was published in April, 2018, and Tilting at Windmills, the second, in December, 2018. He is working on a third book in the Barrettsport Mysteries series and a larger project, a precautionary saga about the perils of ignoring climate change. His working title for the project is The Road to Environmental Armageddon.
Alan is also a member of the Spot Writers, a group of four masochistic writers who challenge each other to write flash fiction pieces in response to a monthly prompt. Their creations are posted weekly on the members’ websites. The deadlines are always looming and the challenges presented by the prompts can be difficult.
As Alan Kemister:
“A Fateful Encounter”, flash fiction in The Sun Shall Rise, a Polar Expressions anthology, October 2013.
“Benjamin Franklin Ford and his Quest for a New World”, short story in No Regrets, a Silly Trees anthology, March 2014.
“Murder Mystery”, flash fiction in That Golden Summer, a Polar Expressions anthology, October 2014.
“Aspirations”, poem in The Way the Sun Slants, a Silly Trees anthology, December 2014.
“His Two Lost Uncles”, flash fiction in Wherever We Roam, a Polar Expressions anthology, October, 2015.
“Bearing Witness”, short story in Out of the Cave, a MacKenzie Publishing anthology, August, 2016.
“The Summer of Love”, flash fiction in Shoreline, a Polar Expressions anthology, October, 2016.
“Deadly Words”, flash fiction in The Stand, a Polar Expressions anthology, October, 2017.
A Body in the Sacristy, a novel, the first in the Barrettsport Mysteries series, published by Plumbaurum Press, April, 2018.
Tilting at Windmills, a novel, the second in the Barrettsport Mysteries series, published by Plumbaurum Press, December, 2018.
My short story Commitment was shortlisted in a contest sponsored by Voice Club on July 30, 2020 and Love in the Time of Covid, on September 11, 2020. Truly Scary Halloween was added on October 28, 2020.
The short story anthology Voice.club Flash Fiction 2020 was published on Dec 9, 2020 on Amazon.com. It contains my short story Commitment.
Panhandler, translated into Arabic and reprinted in The Man Who Loves to Hug, an anthology of short stories compiled by Abdallah Altaiyeb in March, 2021.
As Phil Yeats:
“Tim’s Dinner”, short story in Out of the Mist: 22 Atlantic Canadian Ghost Stories, a Stone Cellar Publications anthology, August 2014.
“Neptune’s Wraith”, short story in Out of the Mist, August 2014.
“Never Another Winter”, short story in Quarter Castle Chronicles, September 2015.
“Into the Unknown”, short story in Off Highway: Journeys of Nova Scotia Writers, a Stone Cellar Publications anthology, October, 2017.
“A Box of Trouble”, short story in Off Highway, October, 2017.
“An Evening in Paris”, short story in Off Highway, October, 2017.
“Business as Usual”, short story in The Coldest December, a Quarter Castle Publishing anthology, December, 2017.
“Old Activists Never Die”, short story in Water’s Edge, a stone Cellar Publications anthology, March, 2020.
“The Ghost Schooner’, short story in Water’s Edge, March 2020.
“Entwined Destinies”, short story in Water’s Edge, March 2020.
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