Edmond Gagnon has French Canadian roots and was born in the small town of McGregor, just outside the City of Windsor, in Ontario, Canada. He grew up in Windsor and played various sports, eventually training for the Canadian Olympic water polo team. Being 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 was on the street in uniform for 15 years. Then he did investigative work in 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 emailed 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 police stories and wrote Rat, the first installment in what would become his Norm Strom crime series. His stories are inspired by real events, and characters he met during his policing career. The series continues with Bloody Friday, Torch, Finding Hope, Border City Chronicles, and Trafficking Chen. Ed’s also done a spin off—the Abigail Brown Crime series, with Moon Mask (sequel to Finding Hope) and The Millionaire Murders.
In another genre, Ed wrote a paranormal thriller called Four. He has a website and travel blog where he shares his travel adventures, as well as movie and book reviews. All of Edmond Gagnon’s books can be found on his web page.