Writing is a lifelong disease. 

Once contracted, the only prescription is to write constantly in whatever form to express your condition, in whatever construction to carry your words beyond you.

Over my career, I wrote, produced and directed the adventure travel documentaries "The Alps," "4Corners" and "Emigrant Road." I have presented travel lectures all over the United States and Canada, including featured appearances at the National Geographic Society, the Carnegie Institute and many colleges, universities and performing arts centers.

I'm a big fan of progressive rock and orchestral film scores. (I'm old. Gimme a break!)

I've written lots of short stories, screenplays and articles, am a member of Wattpad, Goodreads and Amazon, and currently have two books published.

I'm a fan of literary fiction, travel, and anything with a strong sense of place.

Thanks for traveling with me.


"Unclaimed" [Featured Short Story]
A widow finds a unique and ironic way of helping children who were abandoned after they died. Based on true events. Critics have called it "absolutely stunning," "beautifully written," and "wowie!"

"The Scent of a Marguerite"
CURRENT WIP; Marguerita's handsome new island neighbor Savio sends her a rose, nearly killing a street boy named Antoníto. She resolves to mentor the budding entrepreneur, who attends a mission school run by the calculating Father Francisco. "This story just sort of sucks you in like a tropical storm."

A hiking adventure in the Colorado backcountry turns dangerous for Kole and Ben as they struggle to survive tons of falling debris. Critics call this fun story "a disaster!"

"Price of the Child"
Jake rescues an injured boy off the sheer face of Black Mountain. For social worker Helen Beecher, Jake's quiet heroism moves her heart as no other case ever has. NEW: COMPLETE VERSION!
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  • JoinedJanuary 28, 2013

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TOUCHING A MILESTONE...Well, I think it’s about time for an update from me. Especially because I want to express my sincere gratitude to you for helping “Unclaimed” reach a nice little milestone – 2...
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Stories by JRTompkins
Unclaimed  [Featured Short Story] by jrtompkins
Unclaimed [Featured Short Story] Short Story
Elspeth bent and placed a single daisy upon the grave. The plainest of flowers, perhaps the purest, she thought. In her mind, little Andrea deserved only the unstained purity of the simplest of daisies, a daisy tha...
Price of the Child by jrtompkins
Price of the Child General Fiction
When backpacker Jake Hilyer ventures out on a weekend wilderness hike into the southern Sierra, he never expects to become the hero of seven-year-old Sam Remy's life. Using all of his survival skills, Jake must res...
The Scent of a Marguerite by jrtompkins
The Scent of a Marguerite General Fiction
At the market one day, Marguerita's handsome new island neighbor Savio, a darkly mysterious, guitar-plucking carpenter, sends her a rose. But he nearly kills a street boy named Antoníto, a budding entrepreneur Marg...
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