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About Me

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I’ve been writing so long there may be graffiti inside my mother’s womb.


My daughter says I'm creepy.  My son's called me a sick freak.  My wife?  Yeah, well, she just shakes her head.

So, what do I do, exactly? I'm glad you asked.


Teaching

Sometimes the light shines through and I do some nice things.  I teach Creative Writing for both Trent University and Durham College. You can find out more by clicking on the Services link above.

Writing

You can see the books and stories I've gotten published (or will in the near future) by clicking on the Books link above.

I've also got a bunch of other things on the go, including some short stories, at least one novella and currently, three novels. They're all horror.

I also blog.  Sometimes it's about morons, sometimes it's about my family...yeah, the same family that calls me names.  This is my revenge. This is when I don't behave. You can read these by clicking on the Blog link above.

Thank you, Captain Obvious, right?

Judging

Well, part of the judging I do I talk about in my blog. That is, watching stupid human behaviour and calling people out on it. So, yeah, there's that kind of judging. But I have done some writing related judging as well.

In 2010, I helped to choose the Best Unpublished Manuscript, also known as the Unhanged Arthur for the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Awards. I think we did a good job because at least two of those manuscripts went on to be published.

In a recent, unspecified year (I'm actually not allowed to say which one), I was one of the judges for the Canadian Authors Association (and yes, it bothers me that it's not Authors') Award for Fiction.


Memberships

I'm a proud founding board member of the Writers' Community of Simcoe County (WCSC), as well as a regular attendee at its sister organization, the Writers' Community of Durham Region (WCDR).

Every June, I participate in the Muskoka Novel Marathon in Haliburton. It's a 72-hour writing marathon that raises money for Adult Literacy Programs for the Simcoe/Muskoka area.

I do my best to behave at these places.  Most of the time.


Media

I've been lucky enough to be in the media a little bit lately.

On October 4, 2013, I sat down to discuss (very quickly!) my (then) recently-released novella, The Wrong, with daytime Durham host Dena Chiarcossi. You can view the video here. Fun fact: Dena was in the Toronto run of Evil Dead: The Musical. How cool is that?

Next, I had an interview with Mike Ruta for the This Week newspapers that, fittingly, ran it on Halloween, 2013. You can see the write up here.


Other stuff

I also work for a major Canadian Telecom company as a Communications Specialist.  I generally behave there, because I like the job so much.

And sometimes, I sleep.

You can email me at tobin [at] tobinelliott [dot] com (link deliberately broken to prevent spam from this site) or click on the Contact link above.