Timothy James Therien was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on May 25th 1968. As a baby, T J stopped breathing, requiring a tracheotomy. He struggled with school in his early years and dropped out at age 15 almost illiterate. He taught himself to read with the aid of a dictionary and learned to write by using poetry. T J has held various jobs over the years until health forced him from the workforce. He has lived in Montreal and the Eastern Townships in Quebec, a short stint in Calgary, Alberta and another in Parry Sound, Ontario, but the bulk of his life has been spent in the Greater Toronto Area where he currently writes and resides.