Len Cooke

Biography

Born in Cheshire, England, Len studied at Stockport College and the Open university where he read for a degree in psychology and criminology. His work, as a risk assessment engineer, took him to many parts of the world and into many interesting places, including gas exploration platforms in the North Sea, nuclear submarines and many of Scotland's and Northern England's prisons. This mind-broadening lifestyle has given him a vast and comprehensive insight into the diverse and complicated world in which we live and whether writing for children, or an older readership, his travels and experiences have given him an ability to write with authority, humour and an understanding of both his characters and his craft that is very hard to match.

Now retired from his 'usual day job', he lives 'quietly, apart from when the grandchildren (code-named the SAS) come round' with his wife and Pip the Border collie dog.

Len also writes children's books under the pseudonym R.M. McLeod.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I once read a notice on the wall of a colleague's office, it said – 'Life is not a rehearsal, it's the real thing.' I think the stark message behind that statement of absolute and incontrovertible truth is something that should be taught in every school in the world; it certainly gets me out of bed every morning anyway.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a number of hobbies and interests which include – entertaining and being educated by the grandchildren, woodworking, reading, photography and watching television. My wife and I also enjoy long drives in the Lake District, a most beautiful part of England in which we are privileged to live; additionally, we make frequent visits to our next-door neighbour – the Yorkshire Dales, which must truly rank as one of the most delightful places on earth.
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Where to find Len Cooke online


Books

The McEndrick Option
Series: The Kate Hoagan Investigations, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 118,370. Language: British English. Published: October 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
The McEndrick Option is a fast-moving, psychological and political thriller featuring Len Cooke’s somewhat maverick, Cumbrian police heroine – Kate Hoagan.
The Mindhunter
Series: The Kate Hoagan Investigations, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 91,650. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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A serial killer is on the loose in Northern England, arrogantly discarding his many victims like so much unwanted garbage in the countryside and meres of the beautiful, but wild and often lonely English Lake District. Detective Chief Inspector Kate Hoagan, feted national heroine and pride of the small, Cumbria police force, is charged with stopping the murders but...
The Extraordinary Adventures of Charlie Frank
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 62,890. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Charlie Frank is middle-aged, out of work and for the first time in his life, in trouble with the law. To makes matters worse, his octogenarian father is arrested for mooning out of a bus window and his wife, who no longer loves him, is going through a mid-life crisis. Then he meets and falls in love with Grace, a beautiful police officer and...
The Guardian Angel
Price: Free! Words: 33,360. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A compendium of five short tales of the bizarre and unusual including: 'The Guardian Angel', 'Jennifer', 'The Fixer', 'The Time Traveller's Folly' and 'The Friends'. Featuring the devil, alien invaders and the folly of using time travel to alter history and find a wife.
September
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,560. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
A journey of greed, lust, avarice, adultery and murder. Set in rural England in the 1950s, 'September' is also a story about love, courage,and, with the aid of the paranormal, unfaltering belief.
The Illusionists
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 92,320. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
For Detective Superintendent Harry (H) Harrington, life is being very unkind. Firstly, his wife is brutally murdered, then, after he nearly dies himself, and his assistant does, he is swept along on a grim journey of government intrigue, duplicity and political assassination as he tries to uncover the truth, find the identity of his wife’s killer and save his reputation from the gutter.
The Time Travellers' Guide to Total Chaos
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 57,220. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Take a beautiful and highly intelligent alien from a faraway planet who is seeking political asylum on Earth. A not so bright policeman from Scotland Yard ordered to look after her; a mobile, futuristic computer called Zandron, with the ability to enable time travel. Result – absolute, complete and total chaos! Caution, read this only if you do not value your sanity.

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