Curtis Parkinson grew up in Kingston, Ontario. He graduated from Queen’s University and worked as a chemical engineer for many years. Then he moved to the Caribbean to live on a sailboat and write. As he says, “Many rejections later, the cat fell off the boat one night, and this story became my first published work, a picture book.” Two more picture books and several short stories followed. Storm-Blast, his first novel, set in the Caribbean, was nominated for the Red Cedar Award, as was his next book, Sea Chase, which was also nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime. Curtis’s third novel, Domenic’s War, set in Italy during WWII, was nominated for a Silver Birch Award and has been translated into Italian. A mystery novel, Death in Kingsport, followed. It takes place in a small town where nothing is as it seems.