Holman grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and is a former middle school teacher. He is currently a full-time children’s author and illustrator and a sometimes lawyer.
He has a bachelor of science from the University of Toronto, as well as an education degree, a masters degree (architecture history) and a law degree from the University of British Columbia.
In 2001, his first foray into the publishing world came out in the form of a non-fiction coffee table book on the history of everything in your bathroom entitled, appropriately enough, Bathroom Stuff. It was published by SourceBooks.
Holman and Jack’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, People, The Globe and Mail, and Canadian Family, as well as on radio and TV. Holman has given presentations about his unique illustration process at SXSW, Star Wars Celebration, Google, Lucasfilm Letterman Campus, San Diego Comic-Con, Maker Faire and Interesting Vancouver.
Holman still lives in Vancouver with his lovely wife, Amy, and their six-year-old daughter and four-year-old son. When he’s not making books or practicing law, he can be found playing mediocre ice hockey or even worse guitar.
In July 2013, Holman wrote a post on The Change Blog on how he successfully “downshifted” his career from corporate lawyer to children’s author and illustrator. Holman took a hiatus from the legal profession in late 2012, but resumed a sole practice in late 2015 on a part-time basis.