John Wilson

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Location: Lantzville, BC, Canada

A lifelong passion for history and a fascination with the past—WWI in particular—have led to over 40 historical novels and non-fiction books for kids, teens and adults.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Why we should support indie bookstores.

From The Washington Post:

A reader named Maureen Feinroth sends in this anecdote about her book-shopping experience at a Barnes & Noble in the Washington area:
Me: Hi, I am looking for the new biography of Beethoven. I don’t see it on the shelf.
Salesperson: I can look it up for you. [Typing "b-a-y . . ."]
Me: No, it’s Beethoven: “b-e-e . . .”
Salesperson: Oh “Beethoven.” I LOVED that movie!!! Wait. The dog wrote a book?

On a related note, in Chapters, I once found my biography of Norman Bethune in the medical section beside the Atkins Diet!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Blog

Five of my books, four novels (And in the Morning, Shot at Dawn, Red Goodwin, Wings of War), and one non-fiction (Desperate Glory: The Story of WWI) are set during the First World War. To mark the 100th anniversary of the war, I have created a new Blog, in which I will upload short extracts from these books (which ever seems appropriate), over the next while.

To begin, here's a short extract from Chapter One of the recently published Wings of War.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dark clouds forming

I'm not a great believer in decisive battles or moments that changed history, it's all much too complex for that, nevertheless, like saying "What if?", it's fun to spot them.

Everyone points to Princip's shots in Sarajevo as being the trigger to WWI, but things weren't inevitable from that point on. A stronger argument can probably be made for what a couple of stupid self-centered old men did 100 years ago tomorrow as being a more significant point.

Monday, July 14, 2014


As you can see from the title, I have stopped delaying and learned how to spell procrastination. Consequently, several months later than originally planned, I have upgraded and updated my website. Drop by and be awed by the bright pictures and fancy links.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Free book promotion

Need a break from WWI? How about the 13 century?
As a promotion, I've put The Heretic's Secret for free on Amazon (.com and up to an including July 14.
"A gripping piece of well-researched historical fiction with multiple perspectives…Great for fans of Name of the Rose and much more intelligent than DaVinci Code."
Actually, I don't care about the intelligence thing, I just want to sell more copies than Dan Brown!
Feel free to pick up a copy and let your friends know.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The day!

Photo taken about 30 seconds before Princip fired!
I won't say happy anniversary to everyone, but this is 100 years since the long bloody slide into our world began. Find out some details about it here.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

100 years ago today.

Happier days? Not with a corset like that!
Only two days to go to the assassination in Sarajevo! How did Franz and Sophie spend today?