More About the Author
I am the author of the long-running Russell Quant mystery series and the new thriller series featuring Disaster Recovery Agent Adam Saint.
I was raised on a farm near the small town of Prud'homme, Saskatchewan. I attended the University of Saskatchewan (UofS), and received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree (with distinction), a Bachelor of Education (BEd) and a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) (with distinction)
I was hired by the international audit and accounting firm of Ernst & Young, then wrote and passed the grueling four-day Uniform Final Exam (UFE). I qualified for the Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 1993.
After a decade-long career, I left accounting to pursue my childhood dream of becoming a writer.
In 2003, Insomniac Press, Toronto, ON, published my first book, Amuse Bouche: A Russell Quant Mystery. With the very first book, the series became an instant success with book reviewers and readers, provincially, nationally, and internationally:
"Bidulka's Amuse Bouche is an effervescent first novel that is much like the tasty French hors d'oeuvres from which it takes its name...It's an amusing, entertaining, and sometimes titillating story with a lively supporting cast of characters...What really stands out here is the subtle way that Bidulka comments on the ordinary lives in Russell's world. Bidulka touches on a variety of serious issues...while neatly weaving these strands into an engaging mystery." - Quill & Quire (Toronto)
Sold in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia, the mystery series tells the story of a world-travelling, wine-swilling, wise-cracking, Saskatchewan, gay, ex-farm boy, ex-cop, half-Ukrainian, half-Irish, prairie private eye, living a big life in a small city--Saskatoon.
The Russell Quant series is now a multi-award nominee including for the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award, Re-Lit Award, and Saskatchewan Book Award. The second book in the series, Flight of Aquavit, was awarded the Lambda Literary Award for Best Men's Mystery, making me the first Canadian to win in that category. The American Library Association GLBT Round Table listed two of the Russell Quant books to its inaugural list of Best Reads in the mystery category (out of only nine titles).
An avid world traveller, I have also toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States for speaking engagements and book tours. A great believer in community involvement, I have sat on boards and committees of Persephone Theatre, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan, AIDS Saskatoon, The Saskatchewan Writer's Guild, The Saskatchewan Writer's Guild Foundation, Crime Writers of Canada, the International Association of Crime Writers, and I am a co-founder of Camp fYrefly-Saskatchewan (a life skills camp for LGBT youth).
One of my favourite sayings is "Life is short, but it can be wide". Proof of the same can be found at my website at: www.anthonybidulka.com.