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

Prisoner Moon Screenplay Wins Paris Film Festival

The Prisoner Moon screenplay adaptation of John’s novel of the same name has won the Feature Screenplay category in the  2016 Paris Independent Film Festival.      

Del Mar Harvest Festival

In the end, I sold and signed 46 books. Surprising to me was that over half were my WWII story, Prisoner Moon. 

John Van Roekel will be at the Del Mar Harvest Festival

Come join John and four other San Diego authors at the Del Mar Harvest Festival this Friday through Sunday. John will have all three of his books, Lorenzo’s Assassin, Prisoner Moon, and Braver Deeds, available for purchase and will be happy sign them. We’re in booth 1125 in O’Brian Hall.…

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