John-James Ford was born in Kindersley, Saskatchewan in 1972, the third of six children. He grew up in various small towns and settlements, including Fort Ray and Inuvik, Northwest Territories, moving frequently due to his father's work with the RCMP. Ottawa eventually became his de facto hometown.
He was hazed at Royal Military College, Kingston, where he eventually graduated with a BA in English Literature. During a stint as an active alcoholic and drifter / student, JJ was awarded an MA in Creative Writing and English by the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.
He sobered up in 2001 and since then has been seeking to lighten up through various modalities, with writing always at the fore. In 2011 he left his post with the Canadian Foreign Service as a diplomat accredited to Nepal and India to pursue sanity and writing full-time. JJ has also served in Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Kenya.
His first novel was awarded the Ottawa Book Award for Fiction in 2005 and his poetry and short stories have been published in Grey Borders, Papertiger, qwerty, Carousel, Prairie Fire, stonestone, and sub-Terrain, among others.
He currently has two new novels and a Young Adult work of fiction (almost) ready for publication.