MJ did a lot of things before deciding what he really wanted to do was write sci-fi stories about alien coffee-smugglers. He left home at 15 and hitchhiked from Toronto to Vancouver, selling drawings to earn meal money along the way. He settled down in Vancouver for a while and got his first job flipping burgers at a fast food joint called Lions Burger.
The following year he hitchhiked down the west coast, following the coastal highway from Seattle down to Los Angeles. He eventually ended up in Newport Beach where he met some Jesus freaks, and spent the rest of the summer living on their commune called ‘The Land of Love and Miracles.’ (Seriously, I’m not making this up.)
He spent the next few years travelling extensively around the US and Canada, working at odd jobs. He was a garbage man in Iowa, cleaned cafeterias in Newport Beach California, drove a truck in Alberta, and buffed floors in London Ontario.
After a few years of this, as much fun as it was, he realized it was time to go to college and get a real job. He went to college in Calgary and learned computer programming. He worked in that field for 18 years before going into project management. His first book, a non-fiction computer programming guide was published in 1997.
In 2004 he went into seminary and graduated in 2006 with a Masters in Theological Studies. He started writing speculative fiction in 2007, and completed several novels before publishing Aliens, Spaceships and the Occasional Latte in 2014. He lives in Ontario with his wife Pennie, where he continues writing. They have six kids, three grandkids (at the moment), and no dogs. Their cat died last year.