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Freelance Writer and Author at Self-Employed

About Me

I'm a retired law enforcement officer with feet in two countries: Brazil and Canada. I write novels, and I've self-published a couple, but now I'm focused on a longer-term plan to gain an audience. In September 2018, two of my books were shortlisted for the 2018 Wattys Awards on www.wattpad.com. I'm an active blogger on my own site, www.grantpattersonauthor.com, and I've become as interested in short essays as I am in long novels. 

I really want to apply my talents and experience in the fields of law/security, travel, food and wine, history, and current affairs. But I'm also great at research, and writing off the cuff! Making a living as a writer is my dream.

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My Writing Samples

Bad News in Paradise

A meditation on how not everything is as perfect as it seems, whether in a place, or a person.


Adventures in Flight

A look at life from economy class on Boeing's newest jet.


Launch on Warning: A New Novella

A sample of my fiction. An alternative history centred on two USAF missile crewmen who must launch their deadly weapons when a NATO exercise in 1983 provokes a Soviet response. Shortlisted for the 2018 Wattys Awards.


Cowards or Scapegoats?

In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, a discussion about whether we're training and equipping the police to do what we expect of them.


Are You a Grown-Up?

A meditation on what really makes us adults.


Learning to Love Sampa

A sample of my travel writing, focusing on the difficult and rambunctious city of Sao Paulo.


Are We Alone? Short Answer: Yes, Long Answer: No.

A think piece inspired by late-night thoughts on extraterrestrial intelligence.


A Question of Value

The writer discovers the dangerous knowledge that expensive wine really is better.


Dancing In The Dark With Gun Smugglers

The author's experiences as a border officer have left him deeply sceptical of solutions to gun running, unless they involve actionable, real-time intelligence sharing.



Freelance Writer and Author

Company: Self-Employed

I worked there from 4/2017 until now

Border Services Officer

Federal Law Enforcement at the Canada/US Border.

Company: Canada Border Services Agency

I worked there from 2/2000 until 4/2017

Content I Write