John Moss has published books on a number of subjects, including murder, Ireland and the Canadian Arctic. He has been a literature professor, an endurance athlete (Boston Marathon, eleven times; the Ironman in Hawaii, once) and a scuba diving instructor. He has kept bees and swans, and raised horses and dogs. John and his wife, Beverley Haun, have travelled to over seventy countries. They are restoring a stone farmhouse in Peterborough, Ontario, which is older than both of them put together.