About John

John Van Roekel is the author of three novels of historical Fiction: Lorenzo's Assassin, Prisoner Moon and Braver Deeds.

Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?

When James Comey quoted King Henry II of England, I and many others recognized the reference. Henry was vexed by Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury. Hearing these words, four of his knights promptly assassinated Becket. Afterwards, Henry claimed that he never meant for the archbishop to be killed.

I am not going to make a political […]

By | 2017-06-09T07:42:02+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Lorenzo's Assassin, Priority|0 Comments

LORENZO’S ASSASSIN is San Diego Book Awards Finalist

The San Diego Book Awards Association has been recognizing authors and their books for twenty years. I am very pleased that they have selected my latest novel, LORENZO’S ASSASSIN, as a finalist in the historical fiction category. The winners will be announced at the annual ceremony on June 10th.

http://sandiegobookawards.org/2017-finalists/ […]

By | 2017-05-31T17:57:19+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Lorenzo's Assassin, Priority|0 Comments

John’s “Writer to Watch” Talk Video

I was pleased to be named a “Writer to Watch” by the Friends of the San Diego Central Library. Part of this honor was an invitation to give a talk about my latest book, Lorenzo’s Assassin and about writing, which I did on February 18, 2017.

This is an edited video of that talk. […]

By | 2017-03-24T18:56:08+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Lorenzo's Assassin|0 Comments

Red Carpet Interview at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival

More about Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival (HIMPFF)

Web site: http://www.himpff.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/himpff/

I won a very minor award (finalist in one of their monthly contests) for my screenplay, PRISONER MOON. I did not go to the monthly awards ceremony, but I did go to the annual one in early January. […]

By | 2017-03-25T08:12:36+00:00 February 11th, 2017|Prisoner Moon|0 Comments