A longtime fan of true crime shows and suspenseful thrillers, Jeremy Gernhaelder has been writing as a hobby since he was seven years old, even winning awards for his poetry during high school. While on stress leave from his job as a teacher in early 2020, he decided to elevate writing from a pastime to something he might pursue professionally. The result of that effort was the Small Town Slashers series, with The Drifter being the first installment. Jeremy was raised in the small town of Cayuga, Ontario, Canada. He currently lives in another small town, Lochaber, Quebec, with his fiancée, Anick Côté, their 4.5-year-old budgie, and their 3.5-year-old pug.