Donovan Gray was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1962. After spending several years in Jamaica, Bermuda and Quebec, his family eventually moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Donovan has always enjoyed both writing and the sciences, and in 1983 he found himself having to make an unusual choice: honours English or medical school? In the end, he opted for the latter. In 1990 he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in family and emergency medicine. After a year of ER work in Winnipeg he moved to rural Ontario to start a practice, and shortly thereafter, a family.

In 2004 Donovan, his wife Janet and their three daughters heeded the call of extended family and returned to Winnipeg. He is currently a full-time ER physician. Once the north gets in your blood it's hard to get it out, though, so he continues to do regular locums in northern Ontario.

Donovan has contributed medical short stories to the Medical Post as well as the National Post. Front-running titles for his next book are Night of the Living Jethros and Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be ER Docs. He also hasn't ruled out Fifty Years of Gray!