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've also written short stories, screenplays, loads of articles, and a couple of books, and am a member of Wattpad, Goodreads and Amazon. I'm a fan of literary fiction, travel, stories with a strong sense of place, progressive rock, and orchestral film scores.

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!"

"droplets of god"
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. Can Marguerita survive the tropical storm headed her way and find serenity? "FANDAVALUVAGUS!" "I was floating from one word to the next."

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. "Very unique," and "incredibly poetic."
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  • JoinedJanuary 28, 2013

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jrtompkins jrtompkins Dec 18, 2016 09:46PM
LONG OVERDUE UPDATES...It has been a very long time in coming, but I bring tidings of new updates on two of my books. First, "The Scent of a Marguerite" has a new title, "droplets of god", and a ne...
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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...
droplets of god by jrtompkins
droplets of god General Fiction
Marguerita's handsome new island neighbor Savio sends her a rose, nearly killing homeless nine-year-old flower vendor Antoníto. Her mentoring of the budding entrepreneur seems to anger Father Francisco of the old M...
Price of the Child by jrtompkins
Price of the Child General Fiction
For social worker Helen, Jake's struggle to rescue injured seven-year-old Sam off the sheer face of Black Mountain goes beyond all measure, moving her heart as no other case ever has. When backpacker Jake ventured...
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