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Dave Wickenden

Dave Wickenden

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Dave Wickenden has spent time in the Canadian Armed Forces before the Fire Service, so is as comfortable with a rocket launcher as a fire hose. He has brought six people back from the dead utilizing CPR and a defibrillator and has assisted in rescuing people in crisis. He has learnt to lead men and women in extreme environments. He loves to cook, read and draw and write. Dave ran his own home based custom art business creating highly detailed wood and paper burnings called pyrography. One of his pictures of former Prime Minister Jean Chretien graces the walls of Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

After 31 years in the Fire Service and attaining the rank of Deputy Fire Chief, Dave retired to write thriller novels full time. He is a member of the Writer’s Union of Canada, the International Thriller Association, and the International Screenwriters Association. His works comprises of IN DEFENSE OF INNOCENCE, 2018, HOMEGROWN 2018, and DEADLY HARVEST 2019, MAD DOG July 2020 through Black Rose Writing, and FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE November 2020. He has adapted all his manuscripts into feature screenplays.

Currently, Dave offers Professional Beta Reading Services and is working on his sixth political thriller.



In Defence of Innocence. Crave Press/Self, 2018/2019
Homegrown. Crave Press/Self, 2018/2019
Deadly Harvest. Self, 2019
Mad Dog. Black Rose Writing, 2020
For Heaven's Sake. Self, 2020


Dave Wickenden
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I can speak to my writing journey and discuss the the publishing process with students. There is a lot to learn and writingthe story is just one step. I can help fill those gaps. This presentation can be suited to teacher or student needs.

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