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I write, teach, and travel. Grab a seat, and learn how I left the real world behind. – John  

John’s road trip to Nova Scotia

January 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Nova Scotia Author John WilkersonI’m planning a road trip. The online educational classes release in early February, and I have three books in process of editing or writing. It’s going to be a great year, and with some luck, I will be in London and Edinburg over the summer researching the third Rye Ironstone book. Big teaser… Rye and Gael are helping the English version of Special Bureau One solve a most delicate issue. And we all know Rye is as subtle as a hammer. I won’t get too deep into the plot line, but I will say, look for lots of politically incorrect one liners spinning through Rye’s cluttered brain. And something about the crown jewels. I also think a lovely Welsh lady may capture Rye’s admiration. I’m also considering a bit of a twisted steampunk crossover with this book.

I digress. […]

  • 5. Sit in silence. Meditate the mind. Cleanse the spirit. John Wilkerson Author

Do I give the antagonist a POV scene?

January 14th, 2018|0 Comments

author john wilkerson antagonistA few days ago, I spent an afternoon with my critique group. We met at the local library, and spent three hours discussing the concept the point of view (POV). As we plunged into the topic, an interesting fact I knew about myself became known to the group.  I have never written a novella, short story, or worked on a novel where I have given a scene to an antagonist.  All of my writings to date are always around the protagonist.

They questioned me on this, and I wasn’t quite […]

Tips to help edit your writing

January 5th, 2018|6 Comments

Typewriter John Wilkerson AuthorThis is the guide I created to help me edit. I keep track of my problem words and search them out with the intensity of a bloodhound. If you want it in an easily printable PDF, join the email newsletter and I’ll attach the PDF in the welcome email. It’s formatting is much better than this webpage.

The PDF contains the following heading: Useless Words, Special Punctuation and Lettering, Adverbs, Adjectives, Passive Sentences

Useless Words


These words do not add impact and are distracting. So, they are really vague and make […]

Senses as a writers tool

December 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Senses as a writers tool

In the writer’s world of storytelling, we speak of how to use the five senses. Smell is a sense I try to incorporate into every story. Our noses have the ability to awaken lost memories, and transport us to locations far faster than any other device.

Recently, I found myself visiting a family member in a convalescent home. As I walked down the hall, I could smell the lingering stink of loose bowels, and astringent cleanser. Mixed with the freshly laid floor wax, and the sweetness of unwashed bodies; a multitude of youthful […]

Necronomicon is this weekend and I’m hosting discussion panels

October 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Necronomicon is this weekend and I’m hosting discussion panels

Necronomicon 2017Somehow I ended up hosting all the discussion panels I signed on to participate in. It’s either going to be a riot of fun or slugfests.

Here are is my schedule and the questions I will be presenting to the panels.

Necronomicon Questions 2017

Friday 4:00                Story Crafting: Are you over thinking the story?              Host

Ire, Ludwigsen, Hatfield, DiChario, Kane

Are you a plodder or a plotter?

How do you use technology to plot a story? Paper and pencil, spreadsheets, Scrivener?

Is a story outline necessary and if so, when?

Character emotions and how the reader relates are extremely […]

Created, The Destroyer (The Destroyer #1)

October 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Created, The Destroyer (The Destroyer #1)

Remo has been my hero since I read my first Destroyer book in 1980. An old cranky, but warm hearted martial arts teacher tries to bring life and enlightenment to the epitome of modern day American social detachment.  His partner Remo revolted to the classical eastern philosophy, and in the end they were a team created to save the word one soap opera at a time.

We all knew the books were written around Remo, but we all longed to see what mischief Chiun could stir into the pot of political incorrectness. Was this first title great? No, but it did […]

How to get started in Action and Fantasy Writing – Tampa Bay Comic Con

August 1st, 2017|Comments Off on How to get started in Action and Fantasy Writing – Tampa Bay Comic Con

Tampa Bay Comic Con 2017 was a blast. I sat down with several authors at the ACTION AND FANTASY WRITING: HOW DO YOU GET STARTED panel and answered questions for the audience. What a treat.

On the panel – ‘left to right.’


How to get started in Action and Fantasy Writing – Part 1

How to […]

Greek Helmet Tampa Bay Comic Con Giveaway

July 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Greek Helmet Tampa Bay Comic Con Giveaway


Look what I found in the back closet. Some wayward Greek adventure must have stopped by years ago and left his helmet. Not sure what I would do with it a crazy Greek helmet. Maybe someone would want it for Cosplay, SCA, Reenactors, Fantasy, or a rockin’ night on the town. Padding included, ready to wear. Size: Adult. All steel construction.



Rye Ironstone Graphic Novel Character Concept Art

July 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Rye Ironstone Graphic Novel Character Concept Art

Rye Ironstone Concept Art Graphic NovelI had someone create watercolor sketches of Rye Ironstone. This is the first rendition, or rough idea page. We made corrections and I now have a direction to follow.

Good chance the finished image of this concept will be an upcoming postcard.

I’m also considering doing a free signed postcard to people who join the mail list. Something to consider.









Artist: Coz

Love the Novella

July 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Love the Novella

John Wilkerson Science Fiction AuthorFor years I was enthralled by six hundred page books. I felt I could not get value unless the book contained lots of pages. I suffered through some behemoths that were so filled with useless words that I still cringe from their reading.

Enter my interest in the novella. I like to read them and I like to write them. I still read longer novels but before I take on the daunting task of measuring my reading by the pound, I have to evaluate what is going on in […]

Rye Ironstone Mother Tesla Chap 3 Edits on Patreon

June 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Rye Ironstone Mother Tesla Chap 3 Edits on Patreon

John Wilkerson Author PatreonChapter 3 is now ready. I want to thank all the Super-Fans who are following the creation of this first Rye Ironstone book. Patreon Super-Fan Site.

If you want to read the first chapter as it will appear in the book, check out the Rye Ironstone Page.

I’m on schedule for a late July 2017 release date. Make sure you join the newsletter on the main website. That’s were I announce when the books area available for free on Amazon.

The second book has been […]