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.

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. The themes of the book include how a situation is rarely as it seems to outsiders, and, even in the face of insurmountable doubt, when you have truth on your side, it’s necessary to fight for yourself – especially when the system doesn’t play by its own rules, and most of your world has turned its back on you. Some readers will relate to situations in the story; others will find the circumstances impossible to believe; and many more will recoil at the audacity that the tale has been told at all. In the end, however, Until Proven is a story that needs to be told, because, in spite of the unlikelihood and unbelievability, any of it (or all of it) could happen to you.

Jon lives in New England with his wife and three of his seven fantastic children. He’s an accomplished cook and even hauls the laundry to the basement. 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. Jon has made numerous appearances as a member of MVP’s “The Lost Marbles” comedy improv troupe, too, and he would like to brook fish more.