Described by the Globe & Mail as an author who "negotiates the labyrinth of human emotions with prose that enters the mind . . . simply and powerfully," in a style the Calgary Herald called "manic, hilarious, and cheerfully vulgar," John-James Ford is a Canadian writer who will gladly punch you in the feelings and then rub a healing balm of words over all the old wounds. 

Described by the Globe & Mail as an author who "negotiates the labyrinth of human emotions with prose that enters the mind . . . simply and powerfully," in a style the Calgary Herald called "manic, hilarious, and cheerfully vulgar," John-James Ford is a Canadian writer who will gladly punch you in the feelings and then rub a healing balm of words over all the old wounds. 

 

John-James Ford was born in the fracking-complicit town of Kindersley, Saskatchewan in 1972, the third of six children. The family moved frequently due to his father's work with the RCMP, and his formative years were geographically situated in various small towns and settlements, including Fort Ray and Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Ottawa, being the headquarters of the RCMP and bureaucracy in general, eventually became his de facto hometown.

He was strenuously 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, 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 Kenya, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. 

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 recently spent several months living and writing off grid in Sedona, Arizona, and hopes his second novel, Broken Feather, will be ready for publication following a stint at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Islands. He is also working on a Young Adult novel entitled DreamHealers. 

interview with rob mclennan