Dave ButlerAuthor Photo by Brian Clarkson

The Author

Dave Butler is the author of the Jenny Willson mystery series, published by Dundurn Press. He’s a forester and biologist living in Cranbrook, British Columbia, in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. His writing and photography have appeared in numerous Canadian publications. He’s a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal winner, and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. When he’s not writing, Dave is professionally involved in sustainable tourism at local, national and international levels and he travels extensively. He’s a Professional Author Member of the Crime Writers of Canada, and a member of The Writers Union of Canada.

Dave is married to wife Heather, and has two grown daughters, two caring sons-in-law, and a pair of amazing little grandchildren who make the world a better place.


I’ve been writing since my early school days, and I come from a family of writers. My grandmother was a prolific writer in BC newspapers from the 1940s to the 1970s, my father published a book of stories about Barnston Island in the Fraser River, and my brother Bruce published “Letters to a Driving Nation” (he has more books in the pipeline). The first piece of writing I had published was a poem, followed by an award-winning historical essay. Since then, I’ve written and photographed many magazine articles. But being an avid reader of fiction, it has always called my name. Fiction offers a new avenue for me to explore different characters, different perspectives, different landscapes, different issues faced by society. Full Curl is my first published work of fiction.

No! Full Curl is the first in a series that will include at least three books. The second novel, with a working title of “No Place for Wolverines”, will be available in 2018. The third in the series (working title of “In Rhino We Trust”) will be available in 2019. I have at least two more books sketched out beyond that.

I’m a long-time resident of Western Canada, and I’ve traveled extensively through the Pacific Northwest. I love the landscapes, from rich coastal forests to dry ponderosa pine grasslands to the high alpine.

This is a work of fiction, but it is true that the novel was loosely inspired by a poaching investigation in which I was involved while working as a national park warden in Banff.
The story itself had a long gestation; it sat unfinished on a shelf for years before writing professor and celebrated author Angie Abdou persuaded me to dust it off. I had a lucky break when the novel was short-listed for the 2015 Unhanged Arthur Award (best unpublished crime novel in Canada). At the Crime Writers of Canada gala dinner in Toronto, I met inspiring writers, agents and publishers who were friendly and generous with their advice. It was there that I made contact with the wonderful folks at Dundurn Press.

I can’t give away any secrets, not only because I hope you’ll share the journey with me, but because only Jenny knows for sure. She’s always at least a step or two ahead of me. I get the sense that she will travel, perhaps because of a new love interest, and that she and her Parks Canada bosses will have to sort out their differences.