James was born and raised on a farm near Andrew, Alberta and pets (dogs and cats) were always present. After finishing high school, James went to the University of Alberta and studied to be a teacher. He spent 6 years at the University and was an educator in Northern Alberta for many years. James is married to Rose and they have 2 sons and live in Sherwood Park, Alberta. After retiring from education, James pursued a career in real estate sales, and he and Rose have travelled to many fine places. While they were in Monterey, California, sitting beside the sea, James created his first kid's storybook.