Jonathan Crocker

Biography

I was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada on September 22, 1980 – I guess that’s as good a place as any to start a description of my life. I didn’t last long in Newfoundland, though, as my parents whisked my sister and I away to Ottawa in 1983. I’ve been living in the same neighbourhood ever since.

My interest in stories goes back as far as I can remember – my mother assures me that I started reading at a very young age (Hooked on Phonics worked for me?). I think I still have a copy of The Little Engine That Could lying around somewhere. From there I moved on to mystery stories, like The Hardy Boys and Encyclopedia Brown. But it wasn’t until my early high school days that I discovered a real passion for books – when I first read The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. That led, naturally, to The Lord of the Rings, and I realized that my personal tastes were very much in tune with the fantasy genre.

I guess that it wasn’t much of a leap from there to acquire an interest in writing stories of my own. My grade 9 english teacher, Mr. Mageau, was the first person that I recall pointing out to me that I had a talent for writing. And my grade 11 (and 13) english teacher, Mr. Fromow, helped foster that talent – each of Mr. Fromow’s classes started with a 5-10 minute period where the students wrote in their writing portfolios. There were no directions or rules or instructions at all – just write. About anything. It was a very eye-opening experience for me, and I think that was what first spurred me to write for enjoyment.

Despite that awakening, it wasn’t until my final year of university – when I was living, once again, in St. John’s for a year, attending teacher’s college – that I attempted to write a novel. You won’t find that novel available on this site, but I considered it a major accomplishment, and a milestone in my life. It led to the novels that are available on this site.

My real life, on the other hand, has not progressed as smoothly. I entered university, in 1999, to study electrical engineering. It was a choice based not on what subject I enjoyed, but rather on what I felt presented the best job prospects. But it didn’t take long at all to realize that I would never be happy spending the rest of my life designing computer circuits or hydro vaults. So I made the fairly dramatic change to study english literature. Armed with my Bachelor of Arts, I then attended teacher’s college to become a full-fledged high school english teacher – just like those that had inspired me before.

A new problem arose then – there weren’t really any teaching jobs to be had. I spent a few years supply teaching, but that wasn’t paying the bills (I didn’t actually have any bills, since I still lived with my parents – which is probably worse). So somehow, I was able to luck into a contract job with the department of Public Works, working as a project manager for real property construction projects. I’ve been doing that work ever since. I don’t know if it’s some sort of cosmic joke that the universe is playing on me, but I ended up in a job that is normally done by engineers. When I was an engineering student, nobody ever told me that project management was a potential career path.

I enjoy my work, and I enjoy my writing, and I suppose that that’s all that I can really ask for.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
I have a U-shaped desk. It takes up more space than my old L-shaped desk, but I find the extra surface to be invaluable. It allows me to face one way to type on my computer, and then turn around and have a full-sized platform to use for any pen and paper work - very helpful when editing a story. I also have a whiteboard and a bulletin board (cork board?) on the wall beside my desk - I use them for brainstorming whatever story I happen to be working on.

At the moment, my desk is covered in papers and pens and books and other office supplies. It could probably use a cleaning.
Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy a great many authors, from Shakespeare to Dickens to J.K. Rowling. It's hard for me to narrow it down, because I enjoy most of the books that I read - it's more unusual for me to finish a book and think it unsatisfying than the opposite.

But I will say that the one author who I credit with awakening my passion for reading and writing is J.R.R. Tolkien. I remember being an avid reader as a child (I used to love mysteries, like the Hardy Boys and Encyclopedia Brown), but it wasn't until I read The Hobbit, around age fourteen, that I really fell in love with books. Naturally, I followed The Hobbit into The Lord of the Rings, and that love for reading has informed many of the decisions that I've made with my life.
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Where to find Jonathan Crocker online


Books

A Deep, Enduring Reverie - Book Three of the Druid Saga
Series: The Druid Saga, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 173,890. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The third, and final, instalment of the Druid Saga finds the Reverie in disarray. Between the undead scourge and the Spider Clan's reckless aggression, the totems are assaulted on all fronts. The biggest threat of all looms in the north. Is Sasha ready to bring the fight to Graumin? Or will the magical world fade out of existence?
A Long and Restless Slumber - Book Two of the Druid Saga
Series: The Druid Saga, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 171,300. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Sasha continues her adventures in the Reverie, in the second instalment of the Druid Saga. The druid clans war with each other as a larger threat looms in the north. Will she be able to stop it? Or will the magical world be irreparably harmed?
The Banks of Newfoundland
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 176,630. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Canada
Daniel and Charlie, a pair of young men from Newfoundland, head off to fight in the Great War. Follow the exploits of the Newfoundland Regiment, and the impact that the war has on the lives of the young men who took up arms.
A Dream of Hope and Sorrow - Book One of the Druid Saga
Series: The Druid Saga, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 190,450. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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Three large stones, old and gray, form a doorway to another world; a primitive world that is home to the ancient druid clans and their powerful magic. Stumbling through this portal, Sasha finds herself immersed in a land both enchanting and deadly. Will she survive the war that threatens to engulf the magical world?

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action    adventure    dragon    druid    fantasy    magic    newfoundland    war    witch    world war i