R. Bruce Logan
R. Bruce Logan has authored two books, which sit on our shelves at the Salt Spring Island Public Library. Finding Lien, a suspenseful novel published in 2016 and dealing with the dark subject of child trafficking in Asia, is written in a documentary fiction style. In 2013 Bruce wrote, along with his wife, Elaine Head, Back to Vietnam: Tours of the Heart, a poignant memoir encapsulating the couple’s many years of experience working in Vietnam as humanitarians. Bruce is currently (2016) working on another novel, a sequel to Finding Lien.
Bruce has had a diversified, and somewhat peripatetic life, lived on three continents, spanning over seven decades, four careers, two wives, three children, and four granddaughters.
He was raised in Seattle, Washington, the eldest of three sons of a strict father and a loving mother. He graduated from the University of Nebraska, earned a Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin and has done doctoral work at the University of Southern California.
Bruce was an army officer for twenty-five years, two of which were spent in combat in Vietnam. This career took him all over the world and, of course the US. At about the time he was preparing to retire he met and married Elaine Head, a Canadian and has made his home in Canada since 1989. He’s lived full time on Salt Spring since 2000. A second career, which spanned almost twenty years, was that of management consultant. The money was good, but the demands were intense and living out of a suitcase while criss-crossing the continent on a weekly basis was not fun. So Bruce mothballed his suits, bought a sailboat and started teaching sailing. This paid next to nothing, but was fun and provided an opportunity to meet lots of great people. Finally he hatched his current career as a writer. This also pays next to nothing so far but is immensely satisfying.
Bruce’s interest in writing stems in part from a lifelong love of books and reading but is also attributable in large measure to several courses he took all those many years ago as an undergraduate. Two courses in American Literature introduced him to Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Michener, Wolf and others and a course on Creative Writing triggered a love of metaphors, similes and lyrical prose.
Although his childhood and army career shaped a set of conservative values and attitudes, over the long arc of his life Bruce has evolved into a much more socially conscious person. This is reflected in the two books he has written, both of which address contemporary social problems.
People have asked why, after collaborating on a non-fiction book with Elaine, Bruce turned to fiction. The main reason is because he wanted to expose the ugliness of child trafficking in Southeast Asia and felt that a compelling story might reach a wider audience than a non-fiction expose. Albert Camus is credited with saying, “fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.”