The writings of John N. Crain

"Shimmering fragments of sunlight danced on a shaded cement block wall when Connor opened the wrought-iron gate, and the hot sidewalk greedily soaked up the January sun. The only person in sight was a very petite girl in a yellow bikini basking on a chaise lounge; sunglasses, light-brown-almost-blond hair. And Connor thought with pleasure, “Nope, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.”

He walked directly to her and said, “Hi, I'm Connor. Are you Izzy?”

Her eyes appraised him from behind the sunglasses before replying, “Yeah... hi... You're Rob's new roommate, right?"

“Yeah. Fresh off the boat.” The fact that she knew who he was surprised and flattered him, and yet he supposed it was just the result of the close-knit nature of the apartment complex.

She removed her sunglasses to get a better look at him and he was struck by the way the color of her eyes harmonized with the color of her hair; gold-brown amber with flecks of copper. Jerry's assessment had been an understatement. Connor's pulse quickened, and a moment passed before he could speak again."

That was the most important introduction of Connor's life, and it would have far-reaching effects on who he became. Falling in love with Izzy was unavoidable. Losing her wasn't. Years would have to pass, and parts of those years would have to pass more than once, before they could be reunited.

Welcome to Trees on the Moon, a website devoted to the writings of John N. Crain.

The above passage is an excerpt from my first novel, Ysobel, a sci-fi romance dealing with alternate universes. In addition, the prologue has been published in the annual Santa Fe Literary Review.

My second novel, Ninety Degrees From Yesterday, is a sequel, picking up five years after Ysobel leaves off, and is a thriller.

If your interest is sufficiently piqued, and you would like to read either story in its entirety, please visit and search for "J-Crain" to read some of my fiction. There you'll find my two novels, Ysobel and Ninety Degrees From Yesterday, as well as short stories I've written. A link to Wattpad can be found on this page in the "Links" section.

Happy reading,

John N. Crain

11 November, 2016

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