Alumnus Paul Nicholas Mason recently published a collection of Christmas stories. Jim’s Star is now available on Amazon, as well as in Lakefield at Stuff Store and Happenstance.
While the publication of these stories are new, the stories themselves are not. As Mason explains, Jim’s Star is actually a collection of stories that began in 1999 and ended in 2007 -- a fertile period when he returned to his love of writing. The stories he says, “arise in part from my religious and liberal-Christian back ground, as well as lived examples.”
The stories are a mix of fiction and non-fiction, often capturing real-life experiences.
One of his favourite stories in the collection, ‘Every Child,’ is among his most theological and liberal -- and one he feels hits closest to home. Mason hopes that his stories are not only shared at Christmas time with friends and family, but that they leave a lasting impression with the reader to be more kind to one other. He stresses how he is not trying to convert anyone by any means, but rather stressing the importance of kindness amongst his fellow human beings.
He is currently working on a collection of children’s stories as well as an adult novel. He has also recently taken up voice acting -- a gig that has him travelling frequently back and forth between Peterborough and Toronto. Recent roles include a part in an upcoming movie -- Super Detention -- as well work in childrens' animation.
Mason was born and raised in London, England and moved to Canada in 1976. He graduated from both Trent University and Queen’s University, and is now residing in Peterborough.
He has four children and was just blessed with a grandchild, Gillian, who could not make him happier and more grateful.