Brent LaPorte

cover for Hope Burned

Brent LaPorte was born in Renfrew, but relocated many times in his youth. Sudbury, Elliot Lake, a tent trailer in the parking lot of an abandoned church and the small community of Calabogie were all, at various times, his home. The second youngest of five children, he’s worked since he was ten. By fifteen, he lived with his grandparents and was employed at the local ski hill. In high school he told an English teacher he would grow up to be a police officer or a writer. After studying at Cambrian college he spent a decade with the Durham Regional Police service. Since leaving the force he’s designed safety systems for high-rise buildings, traveled extensively across North America, formed his own consultant firm and focused on his writing. LaPorte lives with his wife and two children in Courtice, Ontario, where has been a member of the school council and coached lacrosse. He currently sits on the board of directors for the Clarington Minor Hockey Association and plays defence for a beer league team called the Hotheads. Hope Burned is the product of seeing through on your word: it’s his first book.