Dwayne Clayden uses his knowledge and experience as a police officer and paramedic to write crime thrillers. His first novel, Crisis Point, was a finalist for the 2015 Crime Writers of Canada, Unhanged Arthur. His short story, Hell Hath No Fury, was published in AB Negative, an anthology of short stories from Alberta Crime Writers.
His vast experience working with emergency services spans over 40 years, and includes work as a police officer, paramedic, tactical paramedic, firefighter, emergency medical services (EMS) chief, educator, and academic chair.
Dwayne’s upcoming book series, Writing Realistic Scenes, provides writers with realistic information on EMS, police, fire, air medical, and 911/dispatch so authors can be accurate in how they portray the emergency services in their writing.
Dwayne is the host of First Aid 4 Writers—a weekly tip and monthly live show that helps fiction writers and screenwriters integrate realistic emergency services procedures into their writing.
He also writes a column, What Movies and TV Get Wrong, a sometimes serious, other times tongue in cheek critique of the way emergency services is portrayed.
Dwayne is a popular speaker at writing conferences and to writing groups providing police and medical procedures advice and editing to authors and screenwriters. The co-author of four paramedic textbooks, he has spoken internationally at EMS conferences for the past three decades. He’s an instructor for Alexandra Writers Center Society.
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Dwayne Clayden was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He began his career as a Calgary Police Officer in 1978, but after a few years he realized that everyone was happy to see the paramedics, and never happy to see cops. So, because he likes to be liked, he switched careers and joined the Calgary Fire Department, Ambulance Division. In 1984 he graduated as a paramedic and worked for Calgary Emergency Medical Services. In 1987 he took a position at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technolgy (SAIT) as an instructor in the prehospital care programs (EMT and Paramedic) and later returned in 2011 as the Academic Chair.
In 1996 Dwayne joined Airdrie Emergency Services where he was EMS Chief and fire fighter.
He returned to Calgary EMS in 2001 as a Staff Development Officer, Assistant to the Medical Director, and as an Assistant Deputy Chief of Operations and Learning & Development.
The highlight was working with the Calgary Police Service Tactical Support Unit (Tac) and creating the Tactical EMS team (TEMS). Tactical paramedics work closely with Tac on everything from grow ops to high-risk subject apprehension.
He has been writing since junior high school and is the the co-author of four Emergency Medical Services textbooks and over 100 articles in Emergency Medical Services journals. He was the editor-in-chief for ON-SCENE, a Canadian EMS Journal and Canadian editor for the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS).
His first novel, Crisis Point, was a 2015 Crime Writers of Canada Finalist for the Unhanged Arthur Award.
Dwayne was a frequent EMS conference speaker across North America. He is often invited to speak to writer’s groups and conferences on police and medical procedures with topics including; Drugs as Murder Weapons, Ballistics and Injuries, A Good Place to Die, Violence in Literature, And Then the Fight Began and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
He is a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Crime Writers of Canada, the Calgary Crime Writers, and an instructor for the The Alexandra Writers Centre Society in Calgary.