About Ian

Ian Wilson does his best thinking while Nordic walking in the woods, searching for pileated woodpeckers. He holds a degree in civil engineering, which he hardly ever used for its intended purpose. Ian had more fun studying improvisational comedy. The combination comes in handy, though, for explaining practical matters to his two homeschooled sons.

Shortly after marrying, Ian seized upon his life’s passion: writing. He wrote and published a series of nine narrative non-fiction titles on a favourite subject: steam railway operations in his home province of Ontario, Canada. Many consider the award-winning books to have set a new standard of writing excellence in the field. Now Ian is writing mystery novels, two and counting.

When he’s down in the dumps, he revives his spunk by watching his betta fish Red jump out of the water to nip a pellet off his finger. Ian enjoys building scale models of trains and aircraft with his sons. To indulge in mental gymnastics and raillery, Ian plays board games such as Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, and Memoir ’44 with family members. They live in Orillia, Ontario, Canada.


About Ian — 1 Comment

  1. Hi Ian,

    Just finished reading, no I guess studying is the right word Steam Memories of Lindsay. I want you to know that I enjoyed it thoroughly! You did a great job painting a whole series of pictures of what role the railway played in people’s lives back on the late 1950’s . Although I lived nearly my whole life in eastern Ontario up until moving to Cambridge in 2002 I understand what it was like to live on Lindsay, Midland and Peterborough during that era. Perhaps this really comes alive for me because my grandfather was a CN station agent when I was growing up in the ’50s and I spent a lot of time just hanging round the station with him while he worked. Looking forward to cracking the covers of Steam Echoes of Hamiolton!


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