John Wilson

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Location: Lantzville, BC, Canada

Author of over 30 novels and non-fiction books for kids, teens and adults.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Happy New Year/Book

All the best for 2014 and to celebrate, my first book of the year (Graves of Ice, Scholastic), is now available at all the usual sources. Here's a sample:
"I place the final flat stone on the low mound before me and stand up. It’s not much of a grave, but it’s all I can manage. Sickness and starvation have left me too weak to do more than scrabble out a shallow hollow in the frozen ground and scrape a few stones over the body — enough, I hope, to keep the curious foxes away…
Memories flood over me — scenes, images, incidents — but all so real that I must fight to prevent them overwhelming me. Should I struggle against the past, force myself to stay in the present and continue searching for that glimmer of hope on the horizon? Just one whaling ship and all would be changed . . .
Seductive voices and images fill my head. Am I going mad? The past, my story, is pulling me back, away from my unhappy present, back to a time when all the dead were alive, back to the beginning."

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

NEW Book Promotion

An old man sits by the dying embers of a fire in London of 1669. The ghosts of the past surround him and a decades old guilt weighs him down. As a young man, Robert Bylot did it all: journeyed to the magical Spice Islands on a quest for the alchemist John Dee, communicated with angels through Crystallomancy, and searched for the fabled Northwest Passage with Henry Hudson. He has survived plague, mutiny and fire, and found happiness with an extraordinary woman, but nothing has assuage the ancient guilt that tortures him—unless the old, stained book on his lap contains the answer. The book might be his salvation, or his damnation.
An Amazon Countdown Deal until December 18.

The perfect first chapter or read aloud book for any dinosaur-mad 8 to 12 year old. Short chapters are easy to digest and sketches help show what is going on in this thrilling tale of time travel.
Twelve-year-old dinosaur expert Eric, his young sister Rose and their faithful dog Sally find themselves mysteriously transported back in time 65 million years to the era of dinosaurs. Amazingly, they are befriended by an intelligent, evolved creature named Weet, with whom they become embroiled in a distinctly prehistoric adventure. Will Eric and his sister ever be able to return to their own world? Will Weet's knowledge be of any use if they run into the most fearsome predator of all time, Tyrannosaurus rex?
"John Wilson has created and entirely believable world, a true page-turner. Wilson writes in clear, complex sentences with advanced vocabulary that does not condescend to young readers; the story is so compelling that there is danger they won't continue reading. Highly Recommended." (Canadian Book Review Annual )
"The ideas and issues of the story are strong, as is the writing. An informative and exciting story for children 9 and up. Recommended." (CM Magazine )
FREE until December 15 on and

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Pre-Christmas eBook Deals

At 8:00 a.m. on Thursday December 5th, 
Heretic, Book I of the Heretic's Secret Trilogy 
will become available on and for 99c.

The price will slide back up to the regular price by 12:00 a.m. on December 12, when a new promotion will begin.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Back from Peru—novel to follow!

Here's a sample of the pictures from Peru. Others are being posted over the next few days on my facebook page Become my friend.
The Inca trail was tough but arriving at Machu Picchu made every step worth it. The ruins in the north of Peru were also awesome—partly overgrown and with parasitic orchids hanging from the trees. Great setting for a story.
Stay tuned for a Christmas present coming up next month.
So what photograph did you expect?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Collaborative novel

Really interesting idea and well worth checking out. Twelve authors each write a chapter bringing their characters together for a climax that no one can guess.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Adventures in US History

Here are a few of my eBook titles that deal with American history (okay, geology is stretching the definition of history a bit, but…). I have been to many of the places where the novels are set (the cover photographs used for Flags of War and Battle Scars are of monuments at Gettysburg), the history is well researched and all comes together in exciting, thought-provoking tales.
Flags of War begins the story of two cousins, Walt and Nate, during the early years of the Civil War. Nate lives in South Carolina and Walt in Canada, but they are linked by a runaway slave, Sunday. As the war develops, they are drawn together at a place called Shiloh in Tennessee.
In the sequel, Battle Scars, the three boys go their separate ways—Nate to Gettysburg, Walt to the New York draft riots, Sunday to Fort Wagner—but they are drawn inexorably back together in Richmond's notorious Libby Prison.
"…action-filled, tightly written prose. Realistic battle scenes illustrate the senselessness of war…"- Albany Public Library, NY
Flags of War and  Battle Scars are available on or, for all other formats, on Smashwords (Flags of WarBattle Scars).

Set in the harsh desert world of Arizona and New Mexico Territories in the 1870s, Written in Blood follows young Jim Doolen as he searches for his father. As he travels through the scorched landscape, Jim crosses paths with a mystical Apache warrior, a Mexican revolutionary and a mysterious drifter. With each encounter he learns a story and takes one more step back toward a dark, violent past. Finally, in a ruined Mexican hacienda, Jim realizes that discovering his past has also opened the way to his future.
"Told in a terse, present-tense narrative, Jim's adventures will thrill all fans of traditional pulp-style oaters." (Booklist)
Written in Blood is the first book in The Desert Legends Trilogy. It is followed by Ghost Moon and Victorio's War.

Moving way, way back in time, Ghost Mountains and Vanished Oceans: North America from Birth to Middle Age, is nothing less than the story of the continent we live on. In an age of climate change and rovers on Mars, it's easy to forget that the final frontier to understanding ourselves and the planet we live on is below our feet. Based on the latest research, this lively narrative—interspersed with personal anecdotes and historical tales—leads the reader through the fascinating and dramatic story of our world and our place on it.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

For UK Readers

Every so often I plan to put up a few Kindle reading recommendations for specific countries. I'm starting with the UK because that's where I started!
Of course, they're available everywhere else, too!

All right, so it's been a miserable cold and snowy winter and you can't afford a flight to the Costa del Sol. How about India? Where Soldiers Lie is set in northern India in June and July—hot enough? 
The only problem is, it's 1857 and the Mutiny has just broken out and everybody's taking refuge in an entrenchment outside Cawnpore—too hot? Don't worry, relief is on the way. What can possibly go wrong?
"A superb work of historical fiction." Amazon review.

Don't fancy the Indian mutiny? How about somewhere the weather's so bad anything this past winter seems like a piece of cake?
North with Franklin: The Lost Journals of James Fitzjames recreates the diary of John Franklin's third in command on the doomed 1845 expedition. Not only will this read make you happy with anything the Met. Office can throw at you, but you'll be thrilled that you are avoiding starvation, scurvy and cannibalism.
"A richly re-imagined fable." Arctic Book Review

Not your thing? How about alchemy, explorers and mystery in 17th century London?
The Final Alchemy is the story of Robert Bylot, a real yet greatly under-appreciated historical figure. Bylot sailed with Henry Hudson in 1611, explored Hudson Bay in 1612 and was pilot on both William Baffin's voyages. 
That's about all we know about him. Maybe he learned his navigation from the alchemist, John Dee. Perhaps he sailed to the Spice Island with John Davis. Could it be that he survived to be an old man living in squalor in London and reflecting on his varied and exciting life?
"A riveting tale of exploration, ambition and betrayal." GG Award Jury

And if you want still more, I have over thirty other titles. Check out my website.