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, 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?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wings of War

Author's copies arrived yesterday. Wings of War, Book I in the Tales of War series.
Saskatchewan, 1914—Edward Simpson's uncle builds airplanes in his barn. In exchange for help, he teaches Edward to fly, but as the boy's passion for flight grows, the world is descending into the chaos and horror of the First World War.
"Wilson writes eloquently about one boy's love of flight and his dream of flying…thoroughly engaging. A fine, old-fashioned-feeling coming-of-age tale set in the World War I skies." Kirkus Review
In bookstores everywhere from June 24 (four days before the 100th anniversary of those two shots on that Sarajevo morning), and available for pre-order from,, and  in paperback or eBook.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

smell the flowers

A new WWI post. Before there were poppies, there were roses.