John Van Roekel
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
I was pleased to be named a “Writer to Watch” by the Friends of the San Diego Central Library. Part of this honor was an invitation to give a talk about my latest book, Lorenzo’s Assassin and about writing, which I did on February 18, 2017. This is an edited video of…
Well, my talk at the San Diego Central Library went pretty well, I think. Lots of friends came. I’m told it was a good turnout for these things. People seemed entertained, and most of my jokes got laughs. And I sold out of all the copies of Lorenzo’s Assassin that…
I won a very minor award (finalist in one of their monthly contests) for my screenplay, PRISONER MOON. I did not go to the monthly awards ceremony, but I did go to the annual one in early January. It was a real treat. In Hollywood! Even though this was a…