Author Tags: Fiction
J. Robert Whittle is a Victoria self-publisher whose historical novels are set in British Columbia, the USA, and England. His trilogy, the ‘Victoria Chronicles,’ is set in Victoria, BC in the early 1900s, incorporating real events and real historical characters.
Whittle grew up in Britain where he was a businessman, a professional cricketer and he gained his degree as a mining engineer in 1951. As a mining engineer he led a first-response to disaster team that worked throughout Europe in the 1950s. He moved to Australia and finally to Canada, working for the Canadian Government in the Baffin Islands, before settling in Victoria, in 1971, where he met his present wife. He began writing while recuperating from staph infection and surgery beginning in 1994. His first novel, Lizzie: Lethal Innocence, about an early 1800s entrepreneur in London, became the basis for a series. With his wife Joyce Sandilands, he has a written "Moonbeam Series" for children aged four to nine. He has sold his books at summer markets in Victoria and Sidney, and at Christmas craft fairs. In 2008 he published his second 'stand-alone' title and ninth novel, 'Race For A Treasure,' co-written with his wife.
Awards: Loyalty's Haven, 2007 Gold IPPY Award for Best Canada: West Fiction, and, Whispers Across Time, 2008 Gold IPPY Award in same category.
DATE OF BIRTH: June 10, 1933
PLACE OF BIRTH: Yorkshire, England
ARRIVAL IN CANADA: 1970
ARRIVAL IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: 1971
EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Retired Mining Engineer
Lizzie: Lethal Innocence, Book 1, Lizzie Series, Whitlands Publishing 1998
Leprechaun Magic, Book 1, Moonbeam Series, Whitlands Publishing 2000
Lizzie's Secret Angels, Book 2, Lizzie Series, Whitlands Publishing 2000
Bound by Loyalty, Book 1, Victoria Chronicles, Whitlands Publishing 2001
Streets of Hope, Book 3, Lizzie Series, Whitlands Publishing 2002
Loyalty's Reward, Book 2, Victoria Chronicles, Whitlands Publishing 2003
Lizzie's Legacy, Book 4, Lizzie Series, Whitlands Publishing 2004
Loyalty's Haven, Book 3, Victoria Chronicles, Whitlands Publishing 2006
Whispers Across Time, co-written with Joyce Sandilands, Whitlands Publishing 2007
Race for a Treasure, co-written with Joyce Sandilands, Whitlands Publishing 2008
Yesterdays: A Collection of Short Stories, co-written with Joyce Sandilands, Whitlands Publishing, 2010
[BCBW 2012] "Fiction"