Jonathan McCormick - Author of the J team series

Jonathan McCormick

Jonathan McCormick B.A. M. Ed, 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 instructing Seattle Police officers and King County Sheriff’s deputies. He has trained with the Canadian Military Police, RCMP and Victoria Police Department. 

He has written for law enforcement magazines BlueLine and Twenty-Four-Seven and has been a guest writer for the Vancouver Province.

“Wyoming Secrets”, “30,000 Secrets”, “Santa Barbara Secrets”, “Barkley Sound Secrets”, “Vancouver Secrets” and The “J” Team Series are inspirational novels which focus on women who feel overwhelmed by the threat of violence in their environment, the challenges of restarting their lives and receive support and motivation through the problem solving skills of Rebecca, Kimberly, Karen, Jessica, Penelope, Elise and Elisabeth.

The novels’ inspiration develops through United States Secret Service Special Agents, Rebecca Simpson, Elisabeth Peltowski and supervising agent, Jessica Fukishura, Joining the agents are; Dr. Penelope Barker (retired veterinarian turned private sleuth), Santa Barbara Detective Elise Pelfini, RCMP Members Karen Winthrop, Kimberly Breyman and Combined Forces Enforcement Unit’s Cpl. Anne-Marie Clark. The agents’ physical and emotional responses to antagonists draw the reader to the protagonists’ techniques and style used to overcome adversity.

The characters deal with homophobes with whom the women get into a fight, enjoy outstanding Santa Barbara and Vancouver, BC cuisine and taking down drug and money laundering cartels

View his interview with CFJC Jonathan discusses “Wyoming Secrets”, “30,000 Secrets” and his current sequel, “Santa Barbara Secrets”.


McCormick was the personal security columnist for the Vancouver, British Columbia Province newspaper. His columns “Cariboo Safety” and “Rural Crime Watch” appeared in various Black Press publications. He has conducted personal safety 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. 

McCormick taught psychiatric health care workers techniques to avoid physical confrontations, utilizing specific verbal skills to deescalate a situation and to control violent clients. Patients were happier without drug discipline and staff were safer knowing they controlled their environment. 

He wrote the Educator and Outdoors for Sterling Newspapers, penned for Beef in B.C., and contributed to Backpacker Magazine, Tree Tents.

Click on the link above the photo to read about this innovative camping equipment where McCormick was dropped in by helicopter.

He 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 Magazine and the Leeza Gibbons talk show on NBC. McCormick was recently featured in Maxim Magazine for self defence techniques. 

“Wyoming Secrets”, “30,000 Secrets”,  “Santa Barbara Secrets” and “Barkley Sound Secrets” are available on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. Follow “J” Team characters, Jason Spencer, Jackson Pennington, Elisabeth Peltowski & Rebecca Simpson & “J” Team Leader Jessica Fukishura on Facebook. McCormick’s first sequel, “30,000 Secrets” debuted July 2017, “Santa Barbara Secrets” in February 2019, “Barkley  Sound Secrets” in February 2020 and he is currently working on the fifth in the series, “Vancouver Secrets” which takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia and Santa Barbara, California with the RCMP, CSIS and Santa Barbara’s “J” Team Investigations probe money laundering and loan sharking.

McCormick collaborated with Eric Wilson in his 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 an associate of arts degree from Santa Monica College, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree from the University of Portland. He has studied at the British Columbia Justice Inst, is a member of the College of Teachers, with twenty years teaching children, adults and seniors.  He is married and trains/writes at Peterson Landing in Kamloops, British Columbia. McCormick is a member of Sisters in Crime and Crime Writers of Canada.

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.