Jon R. Gilbert: Wordsmith



Jon just celebrated a long-standing milestone: He had a goal of earning his college diploma before he turned 50. On May 14 of this year, Jon graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Communications, two weeks before his May 31 birthday.

Jon’s first true writing success was with a 2008 autism support booklet entitled Same Child, Different Day: One family’s experiences during the first year after a child’s autism diagnosis. That work found a moderate world-wide audience, with readers in South Africa, New Zealand, Turkey, Canada, and of course, the US. He parlayed that success with more autism-related works, including writing news articles for EPEC and ARCTIC, two of his local autism support and awareness groups.

What Cricket

Jon is actively writing the second act of a murder mystery stage script entitled What Cricket Knows. SYNOPSIS: Jeremiah Hopper is a single dad to quiet 5 year old Cricket. While she speaks very little, Cricket sees and hears everything, including a terrible fight between her dad and her biological mom. When Jeremiah is murdered, everyone in Cricket’s life has motive, and no one realizes that only Cricket knows the truth.

The first act of What Cricket Knows has been reviewed by a professional director/actor and member of the Actor’s Equity Association and Vermont’s Weston Playhouse. Her comments: “The comedy is great;” “Lots of suspense and high stakes;” & “WOW! Love it!”

Jon is also working on a social equity memoir entitled Until Proven. The subject matter of this novel is controversial, and the vantage point is likely to make many readers uncomfortable and angry.

Jon recently moved fromĀ  New England to Tampa, FL with his wife and three of his seven fantastic children. He’s an accomplished cook and even washes and folds laundry. He also enjoys spending time as a stage performer and comedy improvisationist. Most recently he took the role of “Scratchfella” in the Marble Valley Players (VT) version of Plague: The Musical, and also performed with MVP as “Major Metcalf” in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap (Christie is one of Jon’s favorite story tellers). Jon has made numerous appearances as a member of MVP’s “The Lost Marbles” comedy improv troupe, too, and is traipsing around Florida in search of a local community theater company.