John Van Roekel

About me

John is the author of two novels of historical fiction: Braver Deeds and Prisoner Moon.

John awoke one morning in 1994 after reading Nathan Miller’s excellent biography of Theodore Roosevelt, and told his astonished wife Pam that he was going to write a novel about the African-American cavalry regiments and their history, especially during the Spanish-American War. Braver Deeds, originally published in 2009, is the result.

Back in 2002, John started work on his World War II home front novel, Prisoner Moon. After years of work, it was published in 2012.

In addition, he has edited the World War II letters of his father, Paul Van Roekel, and made them available on his web site.

From my website

Lorenzo’s Assassin is a finalist in the PNWA unpublished novel contest

Lorenzo’s Assassin has been chosen as a finalist in the historical fiction category of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association annual unpublished novel contest.

Prisoner Moon now has Kindle “Real Page Numbers”

Amazon’s Kindle format has a great feature which, unfortunately, is difficult to implement: Real Page Numbers. When present, your Kindle reader will display the page numbers matching the print version. This is great for book discussion groups where some people have the print version and some use the Kindle version.…

The first draft of the Prisoner Moon screenplay is finished.

Fun fact: In screenplays, one page is considered equivalent to one minute of screen time — and it’s pretty accurate. And 120 pages/minutes is typically the maximum a producer will consider. Unfortunately, my screenplay currently sits at 147 pages. Now the real work starts.

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