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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

7Sequels—the story continues.


October 1st sees the official release of the 7Sequels, continuing the adventures of the seven grandsons from the 7Series. In Broken Arrow, Steve is with Laia in Barcelona for Christmas and gets involved in a mystery involving a lost bomb, a nuclear accident in 1966, the Russian Mafia, sabotage, and the disturbing possibility that his beloved grandfather might have been a spy. Don't worry, though, it all works out in the end!
In a couple of weeks, all seven authors will be embarking on a tour of southern Ontario to support the new books.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Has anyone got a precise location on where the Franklin ship has been found? 

A map I saw suggested nw of King William Island where they were beset. I thought this was unlikely because of the Inuit testimony that suggested a largely undamaged ship in one year ice off the Adelaide Peninsula south of KWI. (Gilder said a man called Ikinnelikpatolok claimed “The next white man he saw was dead in a bunk of a big ship which was frozen near an island about five miles due west of Grant Point, on Adelaide Peninsula. They {the Inuit} had to walk about three miles on smooth ice to reach the ship…About this time he saw the tracks of white men on the mainland. When he first saw them there were four and afterward only three. This was when the spring snows were falling…When his people saw the ship so long without anyone around they used to go on board and steal pieces of wood and iron. They did not know how to get inside by the doors and cut a hole in the side of the ship, on a level with the ice, so that when the ice broke-up during the following summer the ship filled and sunk.”)
This article suggest that the ship was indeed found off Adelaide Peninsula

Other interesting thing is the mention of spring snow—that has to place the ship being abandoned there in early 1849 or later!

Of course, I must admit a bias because the Adelaide Peninsula scenario is what I've used in several books—North with Franklin: The Lost Journals of James Fitzjames and Graves of Ice.

A John Franklin Journal

With John Franklin hitting the headlines, sales of the eBook, North with Franklin: The Lost Journals of James Fitzjames are on the increase (#12 on's Polar Books). If you missed it the first time around, it's a recreation of Fitzjames' journal based on, and including quotes from, the journal he sent back from Greenland before the expedition disappeared.
Read more about it on my website.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Looks as if the canvas from the winter covering is still on.
Okay, I went up Helvellyn today, along Striding Edge, awesome, but doesn't even come close to the news that ONE OF JOHN FRANKLIN'S SHIPS HAS BEEN FOUND!!! (Sorry for shouting and the multiple exclamation marks). The ship looks incredibly complete on the sonar images—which ship is it (I've got ten buck on Erebus)—what's inside—documents, human remains, photographs??? Probably not, but the water's cold and preserves a lot in a complete wreck like this.
Of course, you all still have the chance to read the real story before the truth messes things up in Graves of Ice.