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

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.

First Meeting of the San Diego Screenwriters Read & Critique Group

The first meeting of our screenwriters read & critique group went very well. We all presented pages from our our current projects, including  a “table-read” of the first 7 pages of my screenplay adaptation of Prisoner Moon.

San Diego Screenwriters Read & Critique Group

I’m organizing a Screenwriters Read & Critique group on Meetup. Anybody near San Diego who is working on a screenplay is welcome.

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