Jonathan McCormick holds a Black Belt in Combat Martial Arts. He is a U.S Marine (Inactive), trained with famed CIA operative Rex Applegate and Ultimate Fighter Champion Royce Gracie and was the director of the Institute of Defense Tactics. He is a former member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers and worked with members of various law enforcement agencies in the areas of suspect control and officer safety.
“Wyoming Secrets”, “30,000 Secrets”, “Santa Barbara Secrets” and The “J” Team Series are inspirational novels which focus on women who feel overwhelmed by the threat of violence in their lives.
The novels’ inspiration develops through United States Secret Service Special Agents, Rebecca Simpson , Elisabeth Peltowski and supervising agent, Jessica Fukishura who experience violence both in their professional and person lives. The agents’ physical and emotional responses to antagonists draw the reader to the protagonists’ techniques and style used to overcome adversity. Girlfriend conversations over Long Necks and burgers at Casandra’s draws light on their shared problems socializing with male dates and colleagues.
View his interview with CFJC Jonathan discusses “Wyoming Secrets”, “30,000 Secrets” and his current sequel, “Santa Barbara Secrets”.
Cuisine and fashion enhance the readers’ identification with the protagonists as the agents dine in some of the country’s finest restaurants and shop at Nordstrom in Denver/Vancouver, BC., Toronto’s Holt Renfrew and specialty boutiques from coast to coast.
McCormick was the personal security columnist for the Vancouver, British Columbia Province newspaper. He wrote Cariboo Safety for Black Press and was their columnist. He has conducted workshops. McCormick instructs rape survivors at various women’s centers, teaches prevention courses for seniors’ groups, elementary/secondary school students, realtors, teachers/support staff, and was invited to conduct a safety seminar for 200 members of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board. Contemporary radio was his medium for a personal safety noon hour, listener call-in program.
He wrote the Educator and Outdoors for Sterling Newspapers, penned for Beef in B.C., contributed to Backpacker Magazine. Tree Tents and wrote personal security articles for the Canadian Association of Retired Persons, B.C. Woman and Maturity. He has written women’s self-defense pieces for Full Contact and Black Belt. He has been consulted by Telemedia Communication Inc.-Canadian Living and the Leeza Gibbons talk show on NBC. McCormick was recently featured in Maxim Magazine for self defence techniques. He has written Kids First, a complete child safety guide for parents. “Wyoming Secrets” and “30,000 Secrets” are available on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. Follow “J” Team characters, Jason Spencer, Jackson Pennington, Eisabeth Peltowski & Rebecca Simpson & “J” Team Leader Jessica Fukishura on Facebook. McCormick’s first sequel, “30,000 Secrets” debuted July 2017 and he is currently working on his third in the series, Santa Barbara Secrets.
McCormick worked with Dave Eyer of Eyer Training Services teaching bear attack survival techniques using a knife when avoidance, bear spray and firearms have failed. Eyer’s Bear Safety course is taught to forestry/mining employees and other resource users. McCormick collaborated with Eric Wilson- www.ericwilson.com-in Wilson’s latest teen thriller, The Emily Carr Mystery. Wilson’s protagonist Liz Austen is attacked in a cemetery and McCormick wrote the scene in which Austen successfully defends herself using his skills.
McCormick has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree from the University of Portland. He is a member of the College of Teachers, with twenty years teaching children, adults and seniors. He is a member of Sisters in Crime and Women’s Fiction Writers.
McCormick has written about the Colorado Lynx Relocation Project (Update) for B.C. Outdoor magazine, the Fur Fashion Industry for British Columbia tourism and the Changing Faces of Trappers for the Cariboo-Chilcotin Communities Coalition.