Tom Shardlow holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and is a Research Biologist with more than thirty articles contributed to international scientific and technical journals. His diverse writing, ranges from poetry and prize winning short fiction published in literary magazines to book reviews for Quill and Quire and Canadian Geographic. His freelance work, which includes creative drawings and photographs, often appear as feature articles in magazines and in newspapers. Tom has completed a biography of David Thompson , A Trail by Stars, for XYZ Publishing and is currently working on a popular history of biology and a science-fiction novel. He lives with his family on Vancouver Island.

Mapping the Wilderness: The Story of David Thompson is Tom's first book for Napoleon.