ABOUT TODD . . .
Born: August 11, 1974
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Citizenship: Canada • United States
Residence: South Florida
Spouse: Valerie Vitale (m. 2021)
Children: Isla (b. 2023)
Todd Cameron was raised in a small town in rural Ontario, far from the ocean and tropical latitudes. His early pursuits were athletic before an injury finally settled him down to focus on writing—a yearning he has had since childhood. Influenced heavily by nautical adventure novels and a passion for sharks, he acquired his scuba certification on his 17th birthday at Fathom Five National Marine Park in Tobermory, Ontario, the freshwater diving capital of the world. Shortly thereafter he ventured south for an inaugural shark dive in Nassau, Bahamas. The experience was a life-changing dream come true—he was permanently hooked on sharks, diving, and the islands.
He first visited Florida during spring break in college, immediately falling in love with the Sunshine State. On this fateful trip Todd also drew his first inspiration to write a novel set in the subtropical locale; an endeavor that would not come to fruition for another 25 years—his debut novel Snowblind published in 2021.
Todd is a certified PADI Advanced and Rescue Diver, USLA Ocean Lifeguard, and Open Water Swimming Coach. He is a proud supporter/volunteer with Captains for Clean Water, MANG, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and the Florida Oceanographic Society.
As a former elite athlete he competed successfully in open water swimming in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the Caribbean, with sponsorships from Arena Swimwear and Orca Wetsuits. He completed a 1430-mile (2300 km) swim challenge to raise awareness for sharks, swimming the same distance as the Great Barrier Reef.
He was the first person to swim the 9-mile (14.5 km) channel between Whitsunday Island and Hamilton Island in Queensland, Australia. He retired from competitive swimming in 2015 on a high note, placing first overall back-to-back in his final three races. He now stays active with a mix of yoga, biking, and hiking Florida's boundless parks and trails.
Todd enjoys reading, movies, travel, shark diving, and being out on the water. He lives in South Florida with his wife, Valerie, and their daughter, Isla.
Encountering a curious blue shark off Rhode Island.
Oceanic whitetip off Cat Island, Bahamas.
The ultimate custom shark dive boat—a vessel lifted straight from the pages of Cameron's novels!
Cameron – Cannon – Vitale