Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Moomor Publishing is the handle that Gayle Moore-Morrans uses for her writings and those of her late husband, author Ian Moore-Morrans. Gayle maintains a website blog at ianmooremorrans.com to share information about their published and to-be-published books and her spiritual, personal, travelogue and family-related writings.
A Scottish-Canadian and retired machinist, Ian Moore-Morrans hailed from Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsula, Argyll, Scotland. He lived in various places all over Canada since emigrating from Scotland in 1965. Taking up writing at age 63, Ian first published an e-book, “Metal Machining Made Easy” in 2002. Between 1997 and 2008 he wrote at least eleven stories, memoirs, short stories or articles.
Ian and Gayle, (an American-Canadian writer originally from New Rockford, North Dakota who then worked as program and magazine editor for Evangelical Lutheran Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada) were married in 2003 and soon began to collaborate on editing and publishing Ian’s writings. They have presently published two magazine articles: Ian’s “The Moonlit Meeting,” a fictional short-story in El Ojo del Lago, Chapala, Mexico, 2006, and Gayle’s “Roca Azul RVers Celebrate Scotland’s Robbie Burns” in Mexico Insights, Ajijic, Mexico, 2005; and three books: a novel, "Beyond the Phantom Battle: Mystery at Loch Ashie" in 2010; the first volume of Ian's memoirs entitled: "From Poverty to Poverty: A Scotsman Encounters Canada" in 2012; and "Jake, Little Jimmy and Big Louie", a children's chapter book in 2015.
Due to Ian's increasing disability and age, Gayle began in 2013 to co-author Ian's stories as they were being edited as well as adding more of her own writings to their website blog. In 2015, they moved from Vernon, British Columbia to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where Gayle continues to blog, edit and write. After over a year in palliative care at home and then a short time in hospital and an interim care home, Ian died on February 22, 2019. Gayle continues to publish their works including a second memoir of Ian's entitled "Came To Canada, Eh? Adventures of a Scottish Nomad" published in September 2020.