Alan Annand

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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.

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

- Writing:
- Astrology:

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

- 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.
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Spacemen Prefer Blondes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,960. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2015 by Alan Annand. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
When an alien scout ship intercepts a shipment of cloned celebrities bound for Mars, the crew sample the cargo and find sex with earth women to be out of this world. After developing an addiction to blondes, they persuade their captain to change their itinerary to include a field expedition to San Francisco, where they hope to find something for every taste, no matter how alien.


Parivartana Yoga
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 55,220. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Astrology, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit
Parivartana Yogas are said to be among the most powerful of planetary combinations, having the capacity to link the effects of two astrological houses in a chart. In this book, an invaluable reference work for any Vedic astrologer's library, the author describes the effects for each of the 66 combinations of house lord exchange, also known as mutual receptions.
Stellar Astrology
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,990. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Astrology
Applications in Vedic astrology (jyotish): a compilation of essays on techniques, in-depth celebrity profiles, and analysis of mundane events. A highly informative reference work for serious students of astrology written by an astrologer experienced in both western and Vedic systems.
Specimen & Other Stories
Price: Free! Words: 26,580. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A six-pack sampler of short fiction by Alan Annand: humor, crime and WW2 adventure.
Felonious Monk
Series: New Age Noir, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,300. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,480. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,220. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 83,300. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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
Series: New Age Noir, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,690. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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

  • Storm Lake on Feb. 15, 2015

    This story, which starts out so normal, turns compellingly creepy very quickly and then doesn't let go. Stylistically clean but eerily atmospheric, this reminded me at times of Stephen King.