John Van Roekel's Fundraising Page
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John Van Roekel's Fundraising Page
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In 1994 while living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, John Van Roekel finished reading Nathan Miller’s excellent biography Theodore Roosevelt: A Life, and the next morning he told his astonished wife Pam that he was going to write a novel. Miller’s description of the African-American cavalry soldiers who fought beside Roosevelt in Cuba inspired John to write Braver Deeds, published fifteen years later in 2009.

After moving to San Diego in 2001, John started work on his World War II home front novel, Prisoner Moon. It’s the story of a young German soldier who is captured in France after D-Day and finds himself in a POW camp in Michigan. It was published in 2012.

John completed his third historical novel in 2016. Lorenzo’s Assassin is set against the backdrop of the Pazzi Conspiracy when Pope Sixtus IV plotted to murder Lorenzo the Magnificent. Not withstanding the religious themes in Lorenzo’s Assassin, John is not religious.

In addition, John has edited the World War II letters of his father, Paul Van Roekel. They are available on this web site.

After a forty year career as a software engineer, John retired in 2012. Much of his life now revolves around his wife, Pam Simpson, as well as writing, hiking and attending classes at SDSU and UCSD. Wanting to keep his hand in as a software engineer, John developed a game for iOS named Walkers 3D, which is now on the Apple App Store.

John is a proud member of San Diego Writers, Ink, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting San Diego writers. He urges all writers in the San Diego area to visit

More information about John is available at and John is available for readings and book club discussions in the San Diego area. Please email

ABOUT Blazing Laptops 2016

WHAT: 9th Annual Blazing Laptops Write-a-thon

WHEN:  Sunday, May 22,  9:00am-4:00pm

WHERE: Liberty Station: Ink Spot and Inspirations Gallery

Blazing Laptops Write-a-thon is our annual fundraising event for your favorite literary nonprofit: San Diego Writers, Ink. It’s a time to get together to write, raise money for a good cause, write, enjoy time with other writers, and WRITE.

We provide the space, writing prompts for those who want them, plus snacks and fun activities.  The participants write!  All participants must either be sponsored for the minimum of $150 or pay that amount themselves in order to be a part of the experience.  The writers in the Write-a-Thon get a certificate for their attendance, plus the fun of the day itself.  Incentives and prizes are given for people who raise the most money for SDWI.

Everyone is invited to participate. Minimum sponsorship is $150 in pledges which can come in all amounts, $5 to $500 or more.  Support a writer and the writing community at the same time by donating in the name of a writer who has a fundraising page here!



Name Date Amount Comments
John Van Roekel 05/22/2016 $150.00  
Jill Hall 05/17/2016 $10.00  
Anita Smith 04/27/2016 $25.00 Go John! Glad you're taking part again this year. I'm appearing in a play that day, but I will be with all you writers in my heart. Anitra S
  Total $185.00  
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