About Alastair Luft, MSM, CD, RMC, MDS

I’m Alastair, a 20-year veteran of the Canadian military and more importantly, on the first leg of a nascent writing journey. Up until 2 years ago, I was on track to be a career soldier, but things changed when I took parental leave following the birth of my second daughter.

During that time (with the patience of my loving wife) I began writing. By the time I went back to work, I had not only finished the second draft of a novel, I’d also discovered that writing had become my passion. With that, I decided to take an off ramp towards the road less traveled, finishing my first novel and tackling subsequent projects.

My debut novel, The Battle Within, is currently being published, with an anticipated release date in April 2017. A story about a Canadian soldier struggling to come to terms with PTSD, I successfully crowdfunded the novel through Inkshares and am now collaborating with Girl Friday Productions on the publication process. I’m also working on a second novel, Jihadi Bride.

As I get my feet under me, I’m looking to apply many of the valuable lessons from my years of service. Two important things the military taught me was to learn from my mistakes and that time spent on reconnaissance is seldom wasted. Now, it’s time to put those skills to good use so others can benefit from my experiences. In the spirit of that sentiment, I’ve started a single person pathfinding blog to help other fledgling writers by detailing my errors, what’s worked and what hasn’t, and maybe, just maybe, the odd success.

No matter what your reason for visiting this site, I hope you’ll find a unique perspective that you can draw on, either through my stories or my blog entries. Conversely, I look forward to hearing about other people’s challenges as we sit around the virtual campfire and trade writing war stories.

Let the writing journey begin.