Honored as Author of the Year, MWSA 2011-2012, and winner, Indie Excellence Award, 2013, Jack Woodville London is the author of the award-winning French Letters fiction series. His novels are praised for their meticulous historical research and ability to capture the language, attitudes, and moral culture of their setting in prose described by reviewers as ‘beautiful, but not pretentious.’
The World War II-era novel Virginia’s War was a Finalist for Best Novel of the South and the Dear Author ‘Novel with a Romantic Element’ contests. His ‘parallel-quel’ novel Engaged in War won the silver medal at the London Book Festival for General Fiction and the Silver prize in the Stars and Flags Historical Fiction competition. It was the Book of the Month by both Good Reads and the Military Writers Society of America and was the book for which the Indie Excellence Award was given to Jack in 2013.
The third volume in the series, Children of a Good War, is on track for publication in 2018. One pre-publication reader wrote “Intelligent and engrossing, it’s hard to put down, (his) best novel to date lingers in your thoughts long after you close it and put out the lights.” Look for pre-order information in the near future.
And, Jack’s non-fiction book on the craft of writing, A Novel Approach, won the e-Lit gold medal for non-fiction books in 2014-2015. It is now the standard work for use by veterans in classes presented by the Military Writers Society of America on the craft of writing fiction.
He has published some thirty literary articles and fifty book reviews, all in addition to a lengthy career as a courtroom lawyer and a forty year writing career as the author of technical legal articles, beginning with his appointment as managing editor during law school of the University of Texas International Law Journal.
Jack shares his love of writing with presentations and lectures at writing conferences throughout the United States and abroad. He has in the past presented at the Historical Novel Society Annual Convention; Military Writers Society of America; Historical Novel Society; Southwest Writers; Writers League of Texas; Central Texas Authors; University of Texas, San Diego State, Stanford, Herriott-Watt University in Edinburg, Scotland, and University of Padua, Italy, as well as US DOD schools and Navy bases in Europe. He teaches writing classes to veterans who want to learn the conventions and devices of fiction writing so that they, too, can write their stories.
And, apart from literature, Jack also is the co-author of two of the most widely published and essential books for trial lawyers, the Pattern Jury Charge series for Business and Deceptive Practices and for Professional Negligence, Products Liability, and Premises.
Jack is a reader as well as a writer. His cheeky, much-loved series of book reviews, ‘On the Nightstand,’ is on this website. Jack reviews the books we all read, from New York Times best sellers to under-the-radar releases and the classics and rates them based on how well they keep him awake — a 100 watt book is a real page-turner and a 20 watt book helps Jack sleep by conking him out pretty quickly. Click on the the tab for On the Nightstand and find some great reads.
And, Jack still is a student. He is learning more of the craft of creative writing student at Rewley College, Oxford University, under his tutor, Dr. Jonathan Miles, who also is a critically acclaimed author.
Jack grew up in small town Texas before earning degrees at the University of Texas and West Texas State University and earning certificates at the Fiction Academy, St. Céré, France and Ecole Francaise, Trois Ponts, France. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Alice, and Junebug the writing cat.
Get in touch with us. From his days as a U.S. Army quartermaster officer to the lectures he now gives, Jack has spent much of his life exploring a deep interest in World War II and its effects on the home front—particularly small towns. Born out of that deep interest is The Letter Project, on this website, a nationwide project to collect, dust off and showcase letters to and from veterans and their families. Learn more about this effort here. If you or your family have letters from service men and women, written to or from home, from the Revolutionary War to the War in Afghanistan and any time in between, we’d be very proud to share them.
Jack loves to hear from veterans, their families, readers and others who have a question, comment or story to tell. If you have questions or other thoughts, please send Jack a message here.