“He stood there for a moment with eyes closed, knowing, fearing yet loving, that this moment would have to sustain him for the rest of the day. Finally he opened his eyes, the water trickling down his skull, streaming down his scared forehead and onto his face.”

“In all the pigs’ sensitivity, in all their intelligence, curiosity, personality and generic similarities, in their intimate presence in our culture and religion, I wonder if the true magic of the swimming pigs of Exuma is because of some more profound connection. In them, we see us.”

“Perhaps the sun was so bright and enticing, the sensation of flying so liberating, that Icarus could not help himself from climbing higher and higher. As for me, I just wanted to see how high I could fly.”

“What an accident of history. What an amusing twist of fate that it took swimming pigs to make the world sit up and take notice. And it is remarkable that Exuma, one of the most beautiful places in the world, would soon be defined by the face of a pig.”

“It was a melee of flesh, men packed on top of men, with the only light trickling in from small, barred windows. No guards were in sight. Instead, as far as the eye could see, a sweaty stew of hardened criminals looked me up and down in my soiled white suit.”

Hello and welcome to my website.

I’m T.R.Todd, an award-winning author and former international journalist. I have written four books, which run the gamut from fiction, to non-fiction, to memoirs. I have also been known to collaborate on a film or two. If it’s a great story, I want to write it.

On November 15th, I will release my second novel, The Sandbox Diary. Now available for pre-order, this book has been under development for years and I’m so excited to finally release it to the public. 

Meanwhile, Pigs of Paradise: The Story of the World-Famous Swimming Pigs, from Skyhorse Publishing, will be entering its second edition in 2020! As seen on CNN Travel, USA Today and many other publications, this hardcover is available on Amazon and anywhere books are sold. A full-length film, based on the book, has also been licensed for international distribution. 

Keep an eye on this page for more news and updates!

With thanks,

T R Todd

Jeff Todd

Author's Spotlight

Coming Soon : The Sandbox Diary

Thomas Richards knew little of Abu Taqleed. But when the mysterious, oil-rich sheikhdom launches its first newspaper, enticing top journalists from around the world, the opportunity is too much to pass up for a journalist looking to make his mark. At a time when newspapers are dying, The Falcon promises prestige, seductive salaries and a western way of life.

Little does he know this illusion is about to unravel. 

When a servant is brutally tortured and killed in the desert, Thomas is forced to make a choice: does he embrace the illusion, or risk everything by chasing the story of a lifetime?  

About

For as long as I can remember, my life has been about telling stories. 

In early high school, I remember my teacher announcing a short story competition. I don’t know what inspired me to enter. I just did.  I wrote a short story and won. That was the first time I was published – in my high school year book. 

To this day, I have no idea what wrote back then. But I can remember that feeling of commiting my thoughts and creativity to a page. There’s nothing else like it in the world, and it’s even better when others appreciate your work. It becomes an addiction. I quickly learned that writing stories is just part of who I am.

I spent years as an international journalist – from Canada, to the Middle East, to the Caribbean – telling stories and learning different cultures and perspectives. Little did I know that these experiences would also shape and influence my future books. 

Art imitates life, and that is often the case for my writing. 

Today, this journey continues. Writing is a pull I will always have within me. Where will it take me next? I can’t wait to find out. 

Books

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‘The Sandbox Diary’

Coming Nov 15! Pre-Order Available 

Thomas Richards knew little of Abu Taqleed. But when the mysterious, oil-rich sheikhdom launches its first newspaper, enticing top journalists from around the world, the opportunity is too much to pass up for a journalist looking to make his mark. At a time when newspapers are dying, The Falcon promises prestige, seductive salaries and a western way of life.

Little does he know this illusion is about to unravel. 

When a servant is brutally tortured and killed in the desert, Thomas is forced to make a choice: does he embrace the illusion, or risk everything by chasing the story of a lifetime?  

 

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‘Pigs of Paradise: The Story of the World-Famous Swimming Pigs’

Now Available!
Skyhorse Publishing

In the middle of paradise, with billionaires and celebrities for neighbors, there is an island populated only by Swimming Pigs. There was a time when these animals were largely unknown to the world. It would not be a ruthless pirate, pioneering loyalists, a notorious drug kingpin, or the infamous Fyre Festival that would unveil Exuma to the world, but rather the most unlikely of creatures. Appearing in magazines, viral videos, newspapers, commercials, TV shows and countless selfies, the Swimming Pigs of Exuma are now a bucket list sensation and have been named one of the marvels of the universe.

But how did they reach this celebrity status? What made them so famous? And why, in February 2017, did so many of them die?

Pigs of Paradise is an unlikely story of humble beginnings and the swift rise to stardom. With interviews from historians, world-renowned ecologists, famous pig owners and boat captains, it thoughtfully considers not only what this phenomenon says about these animals but also about us.

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‘The Man Behind the Bow Tie: Arthur Porter on Business, Politics and Intrigue’

Now Available!
Figure 1 Publishing

A revealing memoir of a fascinating and controversial medical doctor and the former spy watchdog of CSIS who is at the centre of the largest fraud investigation in Canadian history.

How does it feel to be deemed guilty before trial? To be held in a cutthroat Panamanian prison while suffering from terminal lung cancer? How does it feel to rise to the top of the medical and public arenas in your adopted country, only to crash miserably to earth under allegations of fraud and money-laundering?

In short: What is it like to be Dr. Arthur Porter?

There are few contemporary figures in Canada more intriguing and controversial than the former spy watchdog of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. A physician by trade, Porter, always in his iconic bow tie, has been described as intelligent, charismatic and relentless in his ambitions. Others have called him deceitful, manipulative and unscrupulous.

Pick up the e-book or hard copy here: http://www.amazon.ca/The-Man-Behind-Bow-Tie/dp/1927958121

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‘Storm of Hate’

Now Available!
The Key Publishing House

Janna and Nate scratch and climb their way to the attic as the flood rises. The melancholy SWAT officer, Darren, barely hangs on as he tries to maintain a thin thread of order in the Louisiana Superdome. Ronald, the greedy developer trapped in the French Quarter, is fixated on money and the woman in the black fur coat. They could not be more estranged, more different, and yet their lives are about to collide.

Through its pounding, gritty, shifting narrative, Storm of Hate considers the weight of the past, the horror of the present, and the undying hope for the future. It explores humanity’s paradox—while meaning is shaped by others, we are all very much alone.

Pick up the e-Book or hard copy here: http://www.amazon.ca/Storm-Hate-Tales-Hurricane-Katrina/dp/1926780256

Ghost Writing

Why hire me?

I believe everyone has a story. Some stories are of public interest. Others are of personal interest. Writing a book about one’s life is an experience I think everyone can appreciate. It is an act of reflection, commemoration and legacy. The chronicaling of life’s great thoughts and events is critical to how we learn and grow as a society, and as people.

I believe in the good stories. I believe in the stories that explore uncomfortable or controversial subjects. All stories are important.

I want to write your story.

With a background in journalism and expertise in public relations, I know how to write with both flare and discretion. I know how to make your life’s history come alive.

Contact me for a complimentary interview to see if I am the right ghost writer for you.

News

‘Pigs of Paradise’ swims the pond to London

The swimming pigs swam “ across the pond” last month for the latest stop on their world tour, this time arriving in London, England, to promote their award-winning book and full-length film. ‘Pigs of Paradise’, released by Skyhorse Publishing in October 2018, has had...

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‘Pigs of Paradise’ returns home after world tour

The film based on the world-famous swimming pigs has arrived back home in The Bahamas, continuing its world tour after stops in Fort Lauderdale and the Cannes International Film Festival in Southern France. On Saturday, Pigs of Paradise screened to a sold-out crowd at...

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T.R. Todd featured on Miami’s Deco Drive

There are many famous pigs — Miss Piggy, Babe, Harvey Weinstein. Porky Pig is my favorite. Turns out we have some celebrity swine right in our own backyard. Deco is checking out a new film about the swimming pigs of the Bahamas. Check it out...

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