Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Speaker Profile - John Alexander


Region: Texas: North
Age Levels: 5-10 and 11-13
Will Travel: < 500 miles
Skype Visit: No
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John Alexander lives in Frisco, TX with his beautiful wife and Charlie Brown his Cavalier. During the last five years of his career in the high tech industry John discovered his love for writing. He now spends full time pursuing that passion.

After co-authoring two editions of a technical book (CallManager Fundamentals – 23,000+ copies sold), he turned to fiction and wrote a mystery suspense novel titled The Enclave. 

At the end of 2014 he thoroughly enjoyed writing a children’s book dedicated to his grandchildren titled The Christmas Garden released in October 2014. This book became the first in an “Amber
– Autumn Series”. John released the second book in the series titled A Grandfather’s Blessing in December 2014, the third, The Golden Campout in 2015, and the fourth, The Secret Room October 2017. His debut picture book, Words That Soar, 2019 NTBF Best PB winner, released November 2018.

Deb Haggerty at Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. contracted worlk right to John Alexander's picture book, The Christmas Gift, illustrated by Angela Capel, in which a mouse in her mansion on the hill answers the question, "What do you want for Christmas?" The book released in November, 2019. Literary agent Michelle S. Lazurek of Worldwide Media Services represented the author.


The Young Artist: An Unpicture Book, released in 2020, is an unillustrated "picture" book about a young artist written to inspire and enable young artists to illustrate their own picture book.

The Velveteen Rabbit Lyrical Rendition, a poetic rendition of the 100 year old story loved by so many generations, released Novemeber 2022.

Presentation Description:

  • Primary area of interest is reading/presenting all or a portion of one of the children's books I've authored followed by a question and answer session. I'm always amazed at the quality of the questions children ask related to writing. 
  • Other topics can include one or more of the following ...
    • Picture books - where do you start?
    • My path to writing 
    • "Rhyming is fun" exercise
    • Illustration notes
    • Review sketches for one of my books
    • Open question and answer