ABOUT TODD . . .
Born: August 11, 1974
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Citizenship: Canada • United States
Residence: Englewood, Florida
Spouse: Valerie Vitale (m. 2021)
Height: 6 ft
Weight: 170 lb
Todd Cameron was raised in small town rural Ontario where his early pursuits were athletic before an injury finally settled him down to focus on writing—a passion he has had since childhood. Influenced heavily by nautical adventure novels and a passion for sharks, he acquired his scuba dive certification on his 17th birthday at Fathom Five National Park in Tobermory and shortly after did his inaugural shark dive in The 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 he also drew the 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 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, fitness, 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.