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

Web site problems resolved

Starting on June 27, this web site was generally unavailable due to problems at the hosting service, BlueHost. These problems have been resolved.

John Reads from Prisoner Moon at the San Diego Public Library San Carlos Branch

John has been invited to read excerpts Prisoner Moon at the San Carlos branch of the San Diego Public Libraries. Feb 22, 2:00 PM, at the San Carlos branch, 7265 Jackson Dr, San Diego, CA (619) 527-3430 He will also discuss the historical background for the book, which takes place in 1944, including German…

Short Video of John’s Reading of Prisoner Moon on Oct 2

The reading of Prisoner Moon at the San Diego Public Library Clairemont Branch on Oct 2 went very well. Here’s a link to a short video about the reading: And here is the handout: Handout (PDF)

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