Some tropes associated with his work include:
- The American Revolution : The Book of Negroes is set during this time, and examines themes of peace, freedom, and slavery.
- But Not Too Black : His author photos vary depending on the lighting and angle. He grew up in a predominantly white Toronto suburb, though his father was Black.
- Earn Your Happy Ending
- Plucky Girl : The protagonist of The Book of Negroes.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy