Interview with Alan Cook

When did you first start writing?
At about the time I could first hold a pencil.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Your Move" is the 7th book in the Carol Golden series. She is a code breaker and game player, and is called on to figure out a game that a serial killer is playing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I never found an agent I could work with and it's too difficult to find a publisher without one.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By distributing my books to multiple sellers such as Kobo and Apple, Smashwords has been instrumental to my success as an indie author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is completing a book or other written piece, reading it over and discovering that I really like it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the lifeblood of the author. Without them we would be writing only for ourselves.
What are you working on next?
I am always working on a book as well as shorter pieces such as articles, short stories and poems.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ray Bradbury, Jeffery Deaver, Sue Grafton, Sir Walter Scott.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Something to do, someone to love (my wife and family) and something to look forward to.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Walking, traveling, working on puzzles and games.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually I look for them by author because I am familiar with his or her work. Publicity helps.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually, it was probably a poem and forgettable but a start, nevertheless.
What is your writing process?
Write every morning while I'm working on a project. After finishing a draft reread and rewrite until it's done.
Published 2018-04-17.
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Books by This Author

Your Move
Series: Carol Golden. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 82,620. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In the 7th Carol Golden novel Carol is asked to help find a serial killer who likes to play games.
Fool Me Twice
Series: Carol Golden. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,080. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Carol Golden is asked to help Peter Griffenham recover a chunk of money he's lost in a scam, but he doesn't want to go to the police, and by the time she gets involved the prime suspect, a dazzling redhead named Amy, has disappeared along with the money. Or has she? Perhaps that was only the first chapter, to be followed by a much larger scam. Can Carol help prevent chapter two?
Good to the Last Death
Series: Carol Golden. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 77,340. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When Carol Golden’s husband, Rigo, disappears, she not only has to look for him but also elude the FBI at the same time since there is evidence she may have been involved in his disappearance. She doggedly follows a faint trail, keeping her location a secret from everybody except her friend, Jennifer, a spy-in-training, who takes time off from her top-secret job to help Carol.
Freedom's Light: Quotations from History's Champions of Freedom
Price: Free! Words: 7,630. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Reference, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Social
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
FREEDOM'S LIGHT contains quotations from 38 of history's champions of freedom, from Aristotle to Zlata Filipovic, from George Washington to Martin Luther King, Jr. Included are Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Anne Frank and many more.
Pictureland
Series: Dancing with Bulls. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,960. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Matthew and Mason are intrigued by the painting on their wall, and with the help of Amy, a girl in the picture, they enter the land behind the painting. What they find there is a dystopian world far different from the idyllic picture, where residents have chips in their heads and thought control is practiced. There is no Constitution and the laws are those imposed by the self-appointed rulers.
Hit that Blot
Series: Carol Golden. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 92,020. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Carol Golden is working as a listener on a crisis hotline in Southern California when she receives a call from a man who calls himself Danny, and who says he’s afraid he will be killed. Since Carol plays backgammon, herself, and wants to help Danny she disobeys the rules of the hotline by trying to track him down. That leads her to the exciting and dangerous world of tournament backgammon.
Walking the World: Memories and Adventures
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 106,710. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Hiking
Walking the World: Memories and Adventures elevates the act of walking from something we do every day without thinking about it to a means for putting more fun and excitement into our lives. And we can become healthier, at the same time. Whoever said, “No pain, no gain,” was out to lunch.
Dangerous Wind
Series: Carol Golden, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,130. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
In the third Carol Golden novel, "Dangerous Wind," Carol is abducted from Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she lives with her grandmother and is thrown into an adventure that will take her to all seven continents. It involves a former boyfriend she doesn’t remember (because of her amnesia), who is trying to bring about the “downfall of the Western World.”
Dancing with Bulls
Series: Dancing with Bulls. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,800. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
Matthew and Mason are whisked back in time while on a vacation at Knossos Palace on the island of Crete and have to dance with a bull before Minoan royalty. Mason has to vault onto the bull’s back without getting gored. Will they be able to survive, and can they escape and take the other members of their team with them?
Relatively Dead
Series: Carol Golden, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 79,750. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Carol Golden has recovered her identity if not her memory (lost in Forget to Remember) and she would like to find more relatives. She discovers cousins with the last name of Boyd and finds they are apparently being targeted for murder. A Ponzi Scheme is brewing and Carol's grandmother is being targeted by the Grandparent Scam, which has cost her a lot of money. Are these events related?
Forget to Remember
Series: Carol Golden, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,830. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Carol Golden isn't her real name. She doesn't remember her real name or anything that happened before she was found in a Dumpster, naked and unconscious, on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California. Government officially declares her a non-person and doesn't want anything to do with her. And nobody is looking for her—nobody, that is, except the person who left her for dead.
Aces and Knaves
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 89,940. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Karl Patterson, sometime baseball card dealer and gambler, is recruited by his father, CEO of a dot-com, to check out the gambling habits of Ned, a key employee. Ned is found dead and Karl finds himself trying to solve the murder and save his father's company from takeover with the help of Arrow, his dad's exec assistant who has a mind and body of her own--both magnificent.
Run into Trouble
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,840. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Former undercover agents Drake and Melody are teamed to run a race along the California Coast for a prize of a million dollars--in 1969 when a million is worth something. The stakes increase when startling events produce fatalities and lead them to ask whether the Cold War with the USSR is about to heat up. Can they prevent the worst from happening while they keep running?
Honeymoon for Three
Series: Gary Blanchard, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 76,580. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Gary and Penny are going on the trip of their lives and, oh yes,they're getting married along the way. What they don't know is that they're being stalked by Alfred, a high school classmate of Penny who has a bellybutton fetish. Penny's best best was murdered just before she was to be married, but that doesn't mean Penny can't be luckier--does it? Set among the western national parks.
The Hayloft: a 1950s Mystery
Series: Gary Blanchard, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 77,100. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Bobby sox, slow dancing, the communist conspiracy, bomb shelters--and murder. Gary Blanchard gets kicked out of one high school and goes to another--where his cousin died mysteriously six months before. Did Ralph fall from the auditorium balcony, or was he pushed? Gary gets help from two alpha girls, but communist hunters are about to wreak havoc in the community. And watch out for the principal.
Hotline to Murder
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 90,840. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Tony joins the Bonita Beach, California crisis hotline to improve his listening skills, but when a listener, Joy, is murdered he is prevailed upon to look for the killer by Shahla, an exotic teen listener who was Joy's best friend. The "inappropriate" callers provide them with plenty of suspects to hunt down from L.A. to Las Vegas in Tony's leased Porsche, but will Tony survive the chase?
Catch a Falling Knife
Series: Lillian Morgan, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 67,550. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A charge of sexual harassment, a masked stripper and a dead coed all add up to a new case for senior citizen Lillian Morgan because, somehow, her granddaughter’s boyfriend, Mark, is linked to all of them. The “harassment policy from hell” could end his short teaching career and he becomes the chief suspect in the murder. Can Lillian help put the pieces of his life back together?
Thirteen Diamonds
Series: Lillian Morgan, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 56,230. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(5.00 from 1 review)
Lillian Morgan is bored with life in a retirement community, but she gets more excitement than she hoped for when a fellow resident drops dead at the bridge table—while holding a perfect hand of thirteen diamonds. Intrigued by the astronomical odds against this happening, she uses her mathematical background plus assistance from her granddaughter and friends to prove that a murder was committed.