Welcome to georgemercer.com

Award-winning author of Dyed In The Green, the first fiction series about Canada’s iconic national parks, George worked for more than three decades as a park warden, including six national parks on both east and west coasts, the North and the Rocky Mountains.

George’s passion for parks and protected areas forms the backdrop for much of his writing, including both creative non-fiction and fiction found here as well as non-fiction, found at writenature.com.

If you’d like to know some of the background to the Dyed In The Green series, please listen to Alexandra Amor’s It’s A Mystery Podcast With George Mercer

Or if you’d liked to know more about Fat Cats, the latest novel in the series, check out George’s interview with Joseph Planta on The Commentary

Finally, if you’d like to know a little more about how a career can influence writing, check out George’s interview with Texas-based writer Kevin Tumlinson on his Wordslinger Podcast.

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4 thoughts on “Welcome to georgemercer.com”

  1. Am about to start Jasper Wild. Enjoyed “Wood Buffalo” last summer. Gave my copy of “Dyed in the Green” to my son who is a Ranger with Alberta Parks. Here is what he sent me the other day:
    “So I read Dyed in the Green. It was very good. Recommended to my roommate in training to read it. Now every officer in Fort Mac has read it. Also recommended it to my coworker Andrew who liked it so much he bought the next two in the series.”
    I’m really enjoying the books and look forward to upcoming releases!

  2. George, I was just listening to your comments on X Country Checkup and it reassured me to know someone echoed my concerns. More and more people in parks, and more parks for people means, in my opinion, less wildlife. We really wilderness areas for wildlife only.

    Trish Aikens

    1. Trish … I think we do need more parks and I do like the fact that people are using them but there needs to be a greater emphasis put on managing human use, limiting development, and eliminating or minimizing impacts on wildlife. There isn’t a one size fits all solution but I would argue that in most southern national parks in Canada, these are pressing issues for parts of our parks at certain times of the year. In northern Canada, human use in the parks is less of an issue and in many parks a non-issue, but the greater concern is indirect effects of our use well beyond the boundaries of these parks such as upstream impacts of industrial development on places like Wood Buffalo National Park. Unfortunately programs such as Cross Country Checkup only scratch the surface but at least it gets people thinking.

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