Parksville author at St. Mark’s fair

Reg Quist's Mac’s Way has a cast of real-life characters

Mac’s Way has real-life characters

Mac’s Way has real-life characters

Reg Quist has written a lot of material over the years on an array of topics, but it’s his prairie roots that shone through in his newly published Western novel, Mac’s Way, and he’s not surprised.

“I think it’s my Alberta heritage,” said the Parksville resident. “My family’s all been ranchers and farmers, it’s sort of in the blood.”

Although Quist was raised in a small city in Alberta, he comes from a family of rural farmers and that may be why Western fiction is his topic of choice today.

He and his wife moved to Nanaimo 40 years ago and ten years ago he made the move to Parksville.

Mac’s Way is Quist’s second novel, about a man who leaves a life of poverty to find a better life for himself. There are outlaws, deadly cattle drives, hard times, colourful characters, romance and life lessons in the book. Quist said rather than a typical shoot-em-up type Western, he wanted the book to focus on the people. The characters in the book are very typical of real-life characters, he said.

“You can find those kind of people all through the history books with the struggles and the hardships and the hard work and the determination… that’s all very true historically.”

And the history and locations in the book were throughly researched and also ring true.

Mac’s Way was published through a small company in Arizona, and his first book, Mister Lister Comes Home was self-published. This book is a collection of short stories from a child’s point of view growing up in the 1940’s. The tales include horse drawn delivery wagons, the impact of war on families, outdoor skating rinks and more.

Quist will be at St. Mark’s Fair in Qualicum Beach this Saturday selling signed copies of his new book. He invites people to his booth #506 for a book or just a chat.

For more on Quist check out his website www.regquist.com.

 

 

Just Posted

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

The remains of the Mid-Island Co-op in Whiskey Creek along the Alberni Highway on Friday, June 18, after a blaze the day before devastated the gas station. (Michael Briones photo)
VIDEO: Whiskey Creek gas station destroyed by fire after camper van explosion

Nine fire departments responded to the incident, no injuries reported

Things are looking up for Vancouver Island as zero COVID-19 cases have been reported for the first time since October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Island records zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time since October

For the first time since October, the province is reporting zero new… Continue reading

District of Lantzville Mayor Mark Swain, left, and Snaw-Naw-As Chief Gordon Edwards sign a memorandum of understanding outside Snaw-Naw-As Market on Friday, June 18. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Lantzville and Snaw-Naw-As sign memorandum of understanding

District and First Nation create joint working group

John Furlong told the Vancouver Board of Trade on Feb. 20, 2020 that he thinks the city could and should bid for the 2030 Winter Games. (CP photo)
A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Karl and Stephanie Ann Johanson were thrilled to spot a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the Panama Flats this month, an unusual appearance for such birds. (Photo by Stephanie Ann Johanson)
WATCH: Sandhill cranes an unusual, joyful sight in South Island parkland

These birds don’t often touch down on their way between northern B.C. and Mexico

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

(V.I. Trail/Google Maps)
Now 90% complete, Vancouver Island trail forges new funding parnership

Victoria Foundation takes on Vancouver Island Trail Association; fund valued at $40,000

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

Freighters have becomd abundant in the Trincomali Channel on the east side of Thetis Island.
Nanaimo ponders taking on waste from nearby anchored freighters

Vancouver-based Tymac petitioning the Regional District of Nanaimo to accept waste at its landfill

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Most Read