When Jon-Erik was a child, he spent time making ineffective booby traps under a white pine tree in his backyard. He also wrote rambling and ambitious science-fiction stories, which he printed out on a dot matrix printer and arranged on the basement floor.
Today, he writes mostly at night, and enjoys scrolling through long drafts on his laptop to feel like he has accomplished something. His debut children's book, Tokyo Digs a Garden was awarded the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature in 2016. It is 32 pages long. In 2020, his next book Treasure will publish with Groundwood Books, and he plans to become very famous after that, so he hasn't done too well at planning for his financial future as he assumes that's all taken care of probably.
Jon-Erik has a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from York University, where he studied environment, culture and communication.
Having worked for over a decade leading and developing creative media, strategy, and programming for organizations across a variety of sectors, Jon-Erik also works as a consultant and creative producer.
Other things Jon-Erik can be found doing in the on and off hours include looking for bags of money on roadsides, drinking too much coffee and forgetting why he walked into rooms.
Jon-Erik lives in Guelph, Ontario with his three daughters and out-of-his-league wife. He wrote this bio in the third person with one hand, bouncing his 2 month old daughter who just at this very moment spat up on his shoulder--oh for @#$%! sakes
Governed by the laws of physics