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.

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Sketches of Russell Rabjohn

Russell Hughes Rabjohn was a trained artist when, at just eighteen years old, he went off to fight in the First World War. For three years, he kept a written diary and drew what he saw in a series of sketchbooks. Rabjohn’s sketches are a unique visual record of a lost time and are important both as a teaching resource and as a dramatic coffee-table book.

Due for publication in March, 2017, you can pre-order A Soldier's Sketchbook at or

In the meantime, here are a few of Russell's sketches. 


Friday, July 01, 2016

eBook deals is promoting eBooks during the month of July.

My titles have codes for 25% to 100% off.


 John Wilson eBook deals for July.

Friday, April 08, 2016

The 7Prequels

The covers are done. 
The words are edited. 
All that remains is the long wait until September (It might as well rain until then!).

The 7Prequels will give a glimpse of DJ, Steve, Spencer, Bunny, Rennie, Webb and Adam before their adventures in the 7Series and 7Sequels. 

For their 12 or 13 birthday, grandfather takes each of the boys on a trip. Of course, all is not as it seems and the grandfather's secret life draws the boys into a hidden world of spies, murder, skiing, game fishing, lost skulls and a war with America.

The books are available for pre-order as a set or as individual titles.

The 7 authors (Eric Walters, John Wilson, Ted Staunton, Richard Scrimger, Norah McCintock, Sigmund Brouwer and Shane Peacock), will be touring to celebrate the series release in the fall. Contact any one of them for details of where they will be and how to book them for an event at your school.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

New Sam and Annabel mystery

LOST is the third book in the Sam and Annabel series of adventures for Orca Currents (the others are Stolen and Bones).
Sam and Annabel are thrilled when they win a cruise through the Northwest Passage past the site where Sir John Franklin's expedition met its tragic end in the 1840s. Perhaps they will even pass close to where, in 2014, Parks Canada discovered the complete wreck of Franklin's flagship, HMS Erebus. Maybe they will even discover something that will help solve the most famous mystery in Arctic history.
But things on the cruise are not what they seem and Sam and Annabel once more find themselves in a perilous situation, pitting their wits against their old enemy, Humphrey Battleford.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015


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Merry Christmas

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Remembrance Day Tour

Five schools and fifteen presentations to 2,100 kids from K to 12.
And all in four days. Wonderful week.
Here's a slide show and write up of the day at Upper Canada College.
Below are some photos from St Michael's in Toronto, St. Michael's in Victoria and Tall Pines in Brampton.

Monday, April 27, 2015

"…digging in for a captivating read."

Book 2 in the Tales of War from Doubleday (Book 1 is Wings of War)
Alec Shorecross is 14 and already working down the mines in Newfoundland for 13 cents an hour. WWI seems to offer Alec a chance to escape the underground darkness, so he signs up and heads overseas, his head filled with heroic dreams. Unfortunately, he soon finds himself risking his life with 169 Tunnelling Company, placing mines beneath the enemy trenches.
Read a Kirkus review of Dark Terror here.
Pre-order a copy at or
Prepare for Dark Terror by reading Wings of War.