I write three ways: fiction, history and interpretive writing for museum exhibits.

I grew up in Truro, Nova Scotia — where I was mostly known as Jay — and obtained two degrees at Dalhousie University before completing a doctorate in History at the Université Laval. I was a historian for Parks Canada for many years, including at the Fortress of Louisbourg. For my body of work on French Colonial history in Atlantic Canada the government of France made me a chevalier of its Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

John and his wifeWith my first three novels I channeled my familiarity with the 18th century into the Thomas Pichon Novels: Thomas, A Secret Life (2012), The Maze (2014), and Crossings (2015). In 2018, I released my first YA novel, The Hat. It’s a 21st-century take on the Acadian Deportation. Also in 2018, I released Something True, a coming-of-age story of young Cape Breton woman who went to nurse in France during the First World War.

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