ABOUT TODD . . .
Born: August 11, 1974
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Citizenship: Canada • United States
Residence: South Florida
Genres: noir, crime, thriller, adventure
Spouse: Valerie Vitale (m. 2021)
Todd Cameron was raised in a small town in rural Ontario where his early pursuits were athletic before an injury 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 did an inaugural shark dive in Nassau, Bahamas. The experience was a life-changing dream come true—he was hooked!
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 proud supporter and/or volunteer with Captains for Clean Water, MANG, American Shark Conservancy, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and Florida Oceanographic Society. He has owned and operated a shark diving venture, he is a certified ocean lifeguard, swim coach, and former elite athlete.
Todd 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 two cats, Cora and Sanibel.
Encountering a curious blue shark off Rhode Island.
Oceanic whitetip off Cat Island, Bahamas.
2300 km Swim for the Sharks!
Invincible 40' Catamaran
Cameron - Cannon - Vitale