Introducing G.S. Marriott...
I was born in Blackburn, England and came to Canada with my parents at a very young age. I graduated from Preston High School and in my younger years, was active in many of the local sports.
After high school, I worked at Canadian General Tower in Galt, Ontario until such time as my age allowed me to join the Ontario Provincial Police. Eleven years of uniform patrol, serving in Glencoe and Milton, led to a Criminal Investigators job with the Burlington District HQ Crime Unit. A year later I was transferred to the Intelligence Branch at General Headquarters in Toronto where I stayed for an orientation period of eight months before I was on the move again. This time, seconded to a special covert tactical unit comprised of officers from the O.P.P., R.C.M.P., Hamilton-Wentworth and Halton Regional Police Dept. (Hamilton Joint Forces Unit.) This unit’s primary focus was to target and surreptitiously pursue and investigate major crimes, particularly organized crime throughout Ontario, Quebec and New York State.
This was the epitome of policing for me, investigating crime at a level much higher than I would have ever imagined and working with officers whose back you would always have and they yours on a daily basis. There is always a shelf life with this kind of work and after almost four years and closing in on eighteen years, I am now back in uniform working out of Guelph.
Fast-forward a year and approaching twenty years of service and suddenly this wonderful career is over. The job had taken its’ toll and my mindset was such that if I stayed, I would, without a doubt, have jeopardized a large portion of my future due to psychological unrest. I decided, with great difficulty and after many discussions with my wife, to walk away.
I tried my hand at Real Estate, then working for Sunoco Oil Company for several years, but finally settled on driving an 18-wheeler for Linamar Transportation out of Guelph, Ontario. It was during my time of driving alone over the road for long periods, that writing became front and centre on my need to do list. The first question that jumped out was, what would I write? After kicking it around for awhile, it became obvious which direction I should go. I would write Crime fiction. The one caveat I insisted on to myself with this genre would be, that it would be written from a police officers’ perspective, ie; internal police procedures, partnerships, in-house politics, handling pressures from the streets, the justice system and a host of other intangibles officers would face on a daily basis.
‘A Dish Served Cold’, my debut novel, was surprisingly well received, so much so, that a follow up novel, ‘The Dealmaker’ was written, followed again by a third, ‘The Devil’s Portrait’. All have been enthusiastically accepted and I was about to begin Book # 4 in the Detective John Cooper series, but as in the past, things change.
Leaving the O.P.P., though necessary, was the single most difficult life decision I ever had to make, but one that couldn’t be avoided if I was ever to get my life back in order. I loved being a police officer and was pretty good at it, but there was something present within me that was stealing all the desire, drive and zeal from my mind which doesn’t lend itself to properly doing this type of work. It makes it very dangerous not only for myself, but co-workers as well, who may have to rely on me in critical situations. That something was soon to have a name. PTSD. The choices were limited to only two, in my mind. Walk away entirely and hope order is restored in my life or stay and continue suffering through a messed up psychological state with no realistic potential for improvement. Regrettably, but wisely, I chose the former.
I was terribly saddened after learning about several officers taking their own lives due to work related depression recently. I know there are many, many more who are also suffering to various degrees out there because of similar debilitating problems, so I have decided to do something in the hopes of reaching these folks and maybe steering them towards something more positive.
Book # 4 will be a non-fiction ‘Anthology’ directed specifically towards First Responders and Corrections Officers and will be a compilation of their stories and how they are currently living their lives while dealing with PTSD or some other form of depression, which was incurred as a result from years of doing what they do best.
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