Author of the month


John Edwards grew up in the small Bay Area bedroom community of San Lorenzo, California, a twin son of a Korean War veteran turned patternmaker for the Alameda Naval Air Station. After a school career that included St. Joachim’s Catholic, Arroyo High School, Chabot College, and the prestigious St. Mary’s College of California, he married young, at twenty-six, and settled in Martinez, California. Growing up, he was fascinated with Professional Sports and American History, which led to meeting such notables as Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, John Brodie, Kenny Stabler, John Madden, Lon Simmons, Bill King, and former Congressional Representatives George Miller, Pete Stark, and Vic Fazio.

Before becoming a full-time writer, John had a long and distinguished Business Management career for two of the most preeminent organizations in their industry, United Parcel Service and Enterprise Holdings, Inc. In What a Tale My Thoughts Will Tell: Words Not to Be Forgotten, John explores and chronicles how joyous and traumatic life transitions shape our choices and decisions, ultimately leading us on a path of understanding. A California Bay Area native, John Edwards currently lives in El Dorado Hills and works for another world-class organization, Safeway.

ABOUT MY BOOK: What a Tale My Thoughts Will Tell: Words Not to Be Forgotten

Life often evolves differently than we had hoped or expected. Some of life’s transitions lead to a love we have only dreamed of, but others can traumatize and overwhelm us completely. As a result, we feel discouraged and disenchanted as we quietly start to wonder about the meaning of life.

John Edwards understands this deeply as he takes us on an elegant, insightful, and profound journey of his personal experiences that are a jumping-off point for discussing how cultural, psychological, and sociological influences determine the nature of our happiness and disappointments. John invites us into his incredible odyssey of life events with humor, vulnerability, and courage. In his story, he explores the challenges of navigating through the joy of falling in love, providing for his family, and the painful disruptions of infidelity, divorce, and estrangement with passion and empathy.

A unique and beautifully written book that interweaves the theme of musical songs and lyrics as a timeline and vehicle of emotional expression that mere written words could not suffice.

John writes, “Music binds us in a way that language rarely does. Music is the window to the soul.” With the authority and wisdom that come with seventy years of human existence, John Edwards provides a compassionate and compelling story relatable to almost every human emotion we feel.

It is a story of where John came from, what hopes and dreams he fought for, and what single dynamic is most important regarding the true meaning of life. It’s the story of his life. This book should be read as it is extraordinary and unforgettable. It will bring forth lessons and memories of your encounters that will forever be carved into your hearts.

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  • A Definite Must Read! – Nancy from Texas
    • What to say? This memoir moved me emotionally. Therefore, I will do my best to be concise. John Edwards eloquently details a personal saga in an open letter format to his estranged children that paints a vivid picture of his life experiences. The read was riveting and compelling, so much so that I was absorbed by it and could envision his life story becoming a film on the big screen.

      John Edwards explores how his joyous and traumatic encounters eventually led him to a path of self-discovery—beautifully written utilizing musical songs/lyrics, historical events, and humor, providing a timeline and emotional expression to his narration. This unusual literary technique is very personal and powerful.

      You feel John’s internal happiness as he falls in love with “The Love of His Life” and his pain as he fights to save his nuclear family’s unity. Through reflection and contemplation, John Edwards is guided to one of life’s most important meanings. The ending of his life story is passionate and heart-rendering. However, I feel there is still another story to be told in the future. I want to hear more from this author.


  • Absolute Page Turner – Lovin2dance84ia from California
    • Edwards’ story is both uplifting and heart breaking. You are taken back to a simpler time through mentions of historical events and the use of popular music of the times. Edwards’ almost photographic recollection of his life really draw the reader in as if you are experiencing these life events along side him. You truly feel joy with him and the sadness of coming of age heart breaks and disappointments as well.

      What a Tale My Thoughts Will Tell deeply resonated with me and my young marriage to my husband. It showed me a look from another perspective and that if love is truly present in a marriage it’s never worth ceasing the fight to continue. Love and family is a choice that is often not easy. This book is an ordinary story about an ordinary man’s journey through life but there is ‘beauty in ordinary things’.


  • The Haunting Truth—Life Is Messy – Lonnie from Indiana
    • I recently finished reading, “What a Tale My Thoughts Will Tell, Words Not to Be Forgotten” by John G Edwards. This book is not for the faint of heart. It reveals, as John has so aptly expressed, the happiness, sorrow, pain, and regret of its author. John takes he’s readers back to a time of innocence. It was a time when parents focused upon their presumed roles while children accumulated life experiences—the foundations upon which they would build their futures. The reader is transported into each timely segment through thoughtfully selected musical lyrics. Those of us living in the same time frame understand the impact of those songs. Through those lyrics, we relive our own youth, our own personal impressions.

      John, however, openly reveals his impressions. He does so in an uncomfortable way—yet, not so uncomfortable that the reader is repelled by the nakedness of our own vulnerabilities, our own hidden weaknesses.

      It is not a book I could have written; it is not for the faint of heart. John’s words, his memoir, slap us into the reality that life is messy. Whether or not the reader has had similar experiences, they cannot help empathize with the expressions of pain and regret. They cannot help but ask themselves, “why?” They cannot help but feel a sense of responsibility to those with whom they come into contact each and every day.

      John pulls back the curtain. As we observe the actors on stage, each assuming their respective roles, each sharing their memorized lines, each following their directed blocking, John takes us behind the proscenium, where chaos thrives—and it is painful.

      “What a Tale My Thoughts Will Tell” is a letter to its readers. It is a letter of warning. I believe it to be an unfinished letter and I await John’s next work. I will take the liberty of offering its title: “On Second Thought … A Memoir of Happiness, Sorrow, Pain, Regret, and Redemption.”