If you want a great vacation, go to an all-inclusive resort. If you want a great travel experience, go anywhere else.” — Edmond Gagnon
Edmond Gagnon has French Canadian roots and was born in the small town of McGregor, just outside the City of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He grew up in Windsor and played various sports, eventually training for the Canadian Olympic Water Polo Team. As one of six siblings raised by a single mother, Ed found it necessary to work. A month before his 19th birthday, he joined the Windsor Police Force. He donned the uniform on the street for 15 years. Afterward, he did investigative work such as narcotics, morality, burglary, fraud, and arson. Ed retired as a detective after 31-and-a-half years of service.
Upon retiring, Ed traveled around the world, visiting exotic places like Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Belize, Costa Rica, Europe, and Mexico. He also rode his Harley Davidson north to Alaska, south to Key West, west to Seattle and Vancouver, and east to the Atlantic Ocean. He and his wife Cathryn continue to travel and explore the planet.
While traveling abroad (before Facebook), Ed sent family and friends short stories of his adventures and misadventures. At their suggestion, he put the tales together in his first book, A Casual Traveler. The book was well received and Ed caught the writing bug. He decided to tell some of his cop stories and wrote Rat, the first installment in what would become his Norm Strom crime fiction series. The stories he writes about were inspired by real events and the characters he met during his policing career. He’s continued the crime series with Bloody Friday, Torch, Finding Hope, and Border City Chronicles.
Ed also collaborated with two other authors to publish the crime anthology, All These Crooked Streets. He’s also written a paranormal thriller called Four. His latest crime novel, Moon Mask, is the first in the Abigail Brown crime series. Ed and his wife Cathryn maintain a website and travel blog where they share their adventures, as well as movie, restaurant, and book reviews. Readers can find all of Edmond Gagnon’s books on his web page.