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To Lain Roads by J.D. Goossens

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J.D. Goossens

About J.D. Goossens

J.D. Goossens is a stay-at-home dad for his son Louis in Dartmouth, NS. During the writing of his first novel To Lain Roads, J.D. waitered in restaurants Canada-wide ranging from white linen establishments to dark seedy bistros. Through his experiences he developed an appreciation of food, wine, mega-talented coworkers, and the human comedy. After an early draft of To Lain Roads was long-listed for the SFU Writer’s Studio 1st Book Prize, J.D. decided to see his work to publication.



Nova Scotia author’s debut novel set in Vancouver catching wave.

J.D. Goossens has drawn from personal experience living out West to pen To Lain Roads, a work of fiction that splashed onto the market last May. After an early draft of To Lain Roads was long-listed for the SFU Writer’s Studio 1st Book Prize, J.D. decided to pursue publication.

The book is now on its 4th print run and has been endorsed by celebrities Elaine Lui (CTV’s The Social, Lainey Gossip), Darrin Rose (CBC’s Mr. D., Match Game), Wendy Bergfeldt (CBC Mainstreet), and Eric Brunnell (The London Free Press). Boularderie Island Press in Cape Breton published To Lain Roads.

To Lain Roads is the comedic story of a young man named Nathan Mills who has lied to everyone he knows about his relationship with Layne Rhodes. Nathan is coming clean for the first time. How he fled the even flow of small town life for fast-paced Vancouver. His endearingly clumsy go at independence – including follies as a boyish salesman in the cutthroat paint industry. All crowned by the funnelling events that led to his rooming with Layne in East Van and their circuslike time spent together. 

Listen to J.D. discuss To Lain Roads on CBC Mainstreet Cape Breton



New Canadian author. Big things ahead.
-Elaine Lui Host of CTV’s The Social, bestselling author, creator of


Check out J.D. Goossens new book To Lain Roads – hilarious!
-Darrin Rose Actor on CBC’s Mr. D., host of Match Game


J.D. Goossens has published a humorous novel, arguably the most difficult type of novel to write. He uses an unreliable narrator, not an easy feat, and the daring in his writing does not end there. He is determined to avoid clichéd writing, and goes to some lengths to make this happen.

– Terry Carroll
Terry Carroll publishes the St. Thomas Elgin Weekly News and Elgin This Month. He is the author of 3 crime novels and has been twice short-listed for the Arthur Ellis Award.


To Lain Roads by J.D. Goossens
Publisher: Boularderie Island Press
ISBN: 978-1-926448-06-0
6 x 9 inches / 286 pages
Price: $21.95

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