Tsawwassen author Ian Kent tells a story of family in his latest offering.
His latest in print is a small volume about his father and his family growing up. The book is called Duplicity: The multiple lives of Edmund Frederick Stafford Kent.
“My father was always a mystery, he said he was born in England and raised in India in a military family,” said Kent. “He spoke Hindi, Punjabi, etc. Many years after his death, we started researching his life, trying to find more details.
“We discovered he did not spend as much time in India, but had many military excursions to Egypt and the Middle East. We also discovered he had a wife and five children in England, and one day abandoned them all and sailed to Canada.”
Kent recalled that it was in England where his father met his mother and had four more children, and the story goes on.
“We have done a lot of research, finding relatives, reconnecting, which continues until today,” added Kent. “We have recently discovered he was involved in some secret project with the Home Secretary at the time. We are still trying to find out more about that.
“This book summarizes a lot of it, mainly to satisfy some of these relatives who keep asking ‘What the Hell?”
Kent has always been a multifaceted individual, a person who, when confronted with a challenge or a new interest, did not hesitate to learn a new skill. He is described by family and friends as a “renaissance man”. As a young man, he defied the norms and bought a fishing boat and fished the B.C. coast. After university, he tried his hand at construction, where he learned pipefitting and metal working, then worked in pulp mills where he obtained his steam engineering time and other operating skills. Later, working as an environmental technologist, he attended night school to obtain his certification as an engineering technician. When he decided to sail the coast with his family, he built a sailboat and studied navigation to meet that challenge.
He has been writing for many years, mainly travel stories, marine articles and historical fiction.
Previously, the Optimist has featured Kent when he penned the three books in his Jake Prescott, thriller adventure series as well and the two books in his Westcoast Series, Westcoast Legacy and Westcoast Bounty.Learn more about the author at: https://iankentauthor.com/.