P.J Haarsma was born and raised outside Toronto, Canada, and moved to the United States in 1989, splitting his time between New York City and Miami as a fashion and commercial photographer. During this time, he garnered hundreds of photography awards, including an honorable mention at the Cannes Lion Awards. After producing an independent film in 2000, PJ tried his hand at “advertainment” but soon realized that his heart wasn’t in it. He began writing and hasn’t stopped since.
Growing up, PJ was a horror fan, often buying horror magazines with short stories and hiding them because he “was afraid the monsters would get out.” Time travel was another genre he enjoyed: “I don’t know why: I think I just liked dreaming about what could be. I didn’t particularly enjoy my childhood, and I always remember wanting to be grown up or somewhere else.”
Now, in his free time, PJ loves working creatively with computers—he owns seven of them and works on at least four every day. PJ is also a self-proclaimed “science nut,” making sure to read New Scientist magazine before anything else.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Marisa, and their daughter, Skylar. The Softwire is his first book series.