Interview with J. Alexander Greenwood

What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read the "Master and Commander" series, as well as just about anything by Gore Vidal and these days even good old Stephen King. I used to be quite the snob about King, and though I don't think all his books are fantastic, he usually hits more than he misses. I like innovative writers, too. A couple of good examples: Eden Baylee and Jason McIntyre.
Where do you write?
I write in a small room crammed with books, trinkets, a telescope and lots of collectible toys. On the walls are a framed 45 of The Police's "Synchronicity II" (autographed by all three members of the band), a playbill of "The Best Man" autographed by Gore Vidal and lots of miscellaneous Sherlockiana. The room overlooks a large deck on the back end of our house that I affectionately call "The Crow's Nest." It has a pirate flag fluttering in the breeze. It's a nice place to drink vodka and watch the sunsets.

I like to drink tea while I write. The best days are when the tea goes cold after two sips because I get lost in my work. I listen to a lot of Mark Snow (he scored all of the X-Files shows and features) when I write thrillers and my paranormal short stories.
What turns you on creatively?
Music (Mark Snow, Sting, The Police, Beatles, Colin Hay, Crowded House, Dan Coyle, Shawn Colvin, Tired Pony, Bob Dylan, Modest Mouse, Minus the Bear, etc.). Also a sideways glance from the right woman.
How do you approach cover design?
I have often worked with a non-industry artist for my covers--someone who is talented but not a traditional book cover pro. I think that has rendered some beautiful, intricate, elegant covers, but I'm changing to a more traditional book cover artist from now on to see if that will boost sales.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. The basic, black and white Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Probably being very active on Twitter and giving interviews like this one have been my most effective marketing techniques.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Coming up is book 4 in the John Pilate Mystery Series, titled "Pilates Blood." It's a continuation of John Pilate's adventures in amateur sleuthing, writing and martini drinking. It should be fun.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is when readers literally call me at home or email and ask "When is the next book coming out?"
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to read, spend time with my family and exercise. I also enjoy a martini or two.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords distribution is second to none. They are the reason my first three mystery novels went to #1 on KOBO. Without Smashwords, I never would have even heard of KOBO! Brilliant folks.
Published 2014-07-12.
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Books by This Author

Pilate's 7
Series: A John Pilate Mystery, Book 5. Price: $2.77 USD. Words: 16,600. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
'Pilate's 7' features seven short stories spotlighting seven characters in the world of the popular John Pilate Mystery Series.
Pilate's Blood: Thicker Than Water. Twice As Deadly.
Series: A John Pilate Mystery, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,470. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Accidental and reluctant sleuth John Pilate returns to tiny Cross Township...a mutated Mayberry packed with guns, a serious lack of anti-depression meds, a rampaging hillbilly crime boss and an imaginary friend who won't shut the hell up.
Pilate's Ghost
Series: A John Pilate Mystery, Book 3. You set the price! Words: 64,900. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A Kindle Book Reviews 2013 Mystery/Thriller Semi-Finalist! When a shadowy enemy rises from the dead, and the heavy hand of a guilty past weighs on his marriage, John Pilate must master his own fear and marshal his resources to defend his family and his life. Soon he discovers he isn't the only one fighting a desperate battle, and that not all ghosts are hostile...
Pilate's Key
Series: A John Pilate Mystery, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,350. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
This Kindle Book Reviews 2012 Mystery/Thriller Semi-Finalist is the second book in the John Pilate series. "Pilate's Key" picks up weeks after "Pilate's Cross" ends. On the mend from a near-death experience in the snowy Midwest, John Pilate is taking it easy on the beaches of Key West. Of course, Pilate has a way of getting into trouble--and the only way out is to find the key…Pilate's Key.
Pilate's Cross
Series: A John Pilate Mystery, Book 1. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 65,710. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Inspired by a true story, "Pilate's Cross" follows John Pilate, his sardonic imaginary pal Simon and lovely new friend Kate as they investigate the cold case mystery of a murdered college president. In too deep to wash his hands of the mystery, Pilate risks his life to uncover the truth of what happened in 1963 and why it's just as deadly today. REVISED 2012 EDITION.