Alan Annand

Biography

ALAN ANNAND is a writer of crime fiction, offering an intriguing blend of mystery, suspense, thriller and occult genres. When he’s not dreaming up ingenious ways to kill people and thrill readers, he occasionally finds therapy in writing humor, short stories and faux book reviews.

Before becoming a full-time novelist and scriptwriter, he worked as a technical writer for the railway industry, a corporate writer for private and public sectors, a human resources manager and an underground surveyor.

Currently, he divides his time between writing in the AM, astrology in the PM, and meditation on the OM. For those who care, he’s an Aries with a dash of Scorpio.

ALAN ANNAND:
- Writer of mystery suspense novels.
- Astrologer & palmist, trained in Western & Vedic astrology.
- Amateur musician, agent provocateur and infomaniac.

Websites:
- Writing: www.sextile.com
- Astrology: www.navamsa.com

Books available at Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Smashwords, etc:
- Al-Quebeca (police procedural mystery thriller)
- Antenna Syndrome (hard-boiled sci-fi mystery thriller)
- Felonious Monk (New Age noir mystery thriller #2))
- Harm’s Way (hardboiled mystery thriller)
- Hide in Plain Sight (psychological mystery suspense)
- Scorpio Rising (New Age noir mystery thriller #1)

Previously published five novels under pseudonyms with New York publishers:
- Harm's Way (St.Martin's Press), by Aleister Foxx
- Antenna Syndrome (Tower Publications), by Alan Marks
- Skyraiders (Tower Publications), by Alan Marks
- Bearknife Gold (Tower Publications), by Alan Marks
- Commando Attack (Tower Publications), by Alan Marks

Education:
- BA, English Lit
- BSc, Math & Physics
- Diploma, British Faculty of Astrological Studies
- Diploma, American College of Vedic Astrology

Citizen of the world:
- Lived in Montreal 26 yrs, Toronto 6 yrs
- Lived in England one year
- Traveled USA, Mexico, Caribbean, Europe, Morocco, Lebanon, India, Thailand

Smashwords Interview

What genre do you write?
I write crime fiction, a blend of mystery, suspense, thriller and action. As I look back on my books, I notice structural similarities, and perhaps this is becoming my brand. My plots generally start with a murder or two, then ratchet up into an increasingly difficult investigation, until there’s a break in the case and the whole thing turns into a frenzied pursuit of the killer.

My novels are often hybrids, and may resist easy categorization. I generally weave in elements of private investigation, police procedure, psychological suspense and cinematic action. I certainly try to amuse myself as much as I can during the writing, and pass that on to my readers.
Do you write series or stand-alone novels?
Mostly stand-alone novels. A part of me resists getting trapped in a lifetime commitment to a single character. As a writer I find the prospect restrictive, although it’s obviously worked well for many writers. But on the flip side, once a character is developed, there’s the advantage of knowing them so well that you have a head start for future books.

Therefore, I’ve embarked on at least one series, and perhaps others will arise. The series is one I call New Age Noir, featuring my hero Axel Crowe, a criminal profiler using astrology, palmistry and other esoteric techniques in his work. Scorpio Rising is the first of the series. Felonious Monk will come out in 2014, Soma County in 2015.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Alan Annand online


Where to buy in print


Books

Antenna Syndrome
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 79,680. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
New York, 2026. In the aftermath of a terrorist A-bomb, private investigator Keith Savage searches for a kidnapped artist, the paraplegic daughter of a crime-busting politician, but tracking her down leads him to a place where her fascination with insects collides with his fears.
Felonious Monk
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Series: New Age Noir, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,250. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Profiler Axel Crowe investigates the murder of a reporter at a Vermont ashram. His esoteric sleuthing reveals a series of Manhattan rape-murders dating back 12 years, with connections to sex trafficking, drug smuggling and the theft of an ancient golden Buddha.
Al-Quebeca
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 97,190. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Montreal homicide detective Sophie Gillette, still mourning the death of her brother during covert ops in Afghanistan, investigates a fatal hit-and-run, uncovering a terrorist plot to assassinate an American governor, disable New England’s electrical grid, and kill 10,000 hockey fans.
Harm's Way
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 81,190. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
A private investigator searches for the runaway daughter of an aspiring politician only to find that, on or off the campaign trail, honesty is the rarest commodity. As mystery descends into mayhem and murder, he confronts an unsettling truth – the innocents are always the first victims.
Hide in Plain Sight
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 83,080. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A man assumes his twin brother’s identity in order to alibi his own wife who’s accidentally killed his brother in an argument. But when he finds himself sharing a bed with his beautiful sister-in-law, he faces bigger challenges and harder choices.
Scorpio Rising
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Series: New Age Noir, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,530. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
A criminal profiler investigates the killing of a New York City heiress, only to discover that her death is linked to two other murders on the same day: a dot-com millionaire in San Francisco, and the team leader of a government counter-terrorist project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

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Smashwords book reviews by Alan Annand

  • The Experiencers on June 11, 2014

    Well-paced character development, action, romance and menace! For anyone who’s ever lent credence to the notion that aliens visit Earth, The Experiencers by Val Tobin is frighteningly real. Michael Valiant is a black ops assassin for a government agency that shields alien presence from public knowledge by silencing UFO researchers who know they’re here among us. Carolyn Fairchild is a psychic medium who functions as a sort of spotter for her local research group, and when they see something they shouldn’t, Michael and his partner are dispatched to shut them up before they blog about it. Just when Carolyn’s group starts having fatal accidents at the agency’s hands, Valiant has a crisis of faith. He’s discovered our government is in league with the alien “establishment”, with the joint goal of global subjugation. But Valiant learns there’s a rebel alien base in a wilderness park, whose mission is to work with the people, not against them. So instead of killing Carolyn, Valiant enlists her help to find the base. Now the agency wants them both dead before they reach the rebels. The Experiencers is written with a deft hand, and well-paced between thoughtful character development and straight-on action scenes. Lurking in the background is some entirely plausible bleeding edge technology. The few psychic episodes are both real and out there. And for the tender-hearted, there are a couple of poignantly real sex scenes between two people thrown together by fate and accepting it. Meanwhile, pursued by government men with stones where their hearts should be…