A 20-year Air Force career, time as a manager at a computer operations company, wife, mother, sister and volunteer, provides a rich background for Connie Cockrell’s story-telling.
Cockrell grew up in upstate NY, just outside of Gloversville, NY before she joined the military at age 18. Having lived in Europe, Great Britain, and several places around the United States, she now lives in Payson, AZ with her husband: hiking, gardening, and playing bunko. She writes about whatever comes into her head so her books could be in any genre. She's published fourteen books so far, has been included in five different anthologies and been published on EveryDayStories.com. Connie's always on the lookout for a good story idea. Beware, you may be the next one.
She can be found at www.conniesrandomthoughts.com or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ConniesRandomThoughts or on Twitter at: @ConnieCockrell
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I actually remember is Gone With The Wind. The sucker was huge! If any classmates read, they certainly didn't read books that were 3 inches thick. I first read it in the 6th grade. I was twelve. I read it every year after that until I was a junior in High School. I think if I read it now, I'd find I'd missed a lot of the inuendo and cultural clues I know about now.
That leads me to SciFi. I was 13 when my best friend brought me a whole box of SciFi books she got on a paper drive. Muahha, Pam. Thank you so much for making me a huge SciFi fan.
How do you approach cover design?
I want my cover to reflect the contents of my book. So far, I design my own covers and with many kudos to my husband, have been able to use his pictures to make my covers. The rest, I have to admit, is a bit of discover and experiment.
Jean Hays has moved to beautiful Greyson, Arizona looking for peace and quiet after a career in the Air Force and an unexpected divorce, but the bodies just seem to find her. As she makes a new life for herself, she uses her new friends and an inquisitive nature to track down the killers. However, Greyson Chief of Police, Nick White, thinks she's brash, impulsive and a danger to herself and others. He repeatedly tells her to leave the police work to the professionals which put them repeatedly at odds. Can they get along well enough to solve the murders?
Sixty years a slave, Delia finds out that she's the embodiment of an elven prophecy and a princess! Her evil great-uncle is out to kill her and her father to take over the kingdom. She must learn her powers and destroy her uncle before he kills her father, and her.
Gulliver station is a chance for a fresh start. Most colonists are eager to start a new life on the new Gulliver Station, one without corruption and violence, but some want to carve out their own crime empire. It takes generations. Who will win?
With winter over, Alyssa and Kyra move on to Harrisburg. They soon find the community they are seeking: A conclave of scientists using their knowledge to assist in their survival. They find much to learn and contribute, and perhaps even finding new love. However, shadows lurk even here. They quickly find that the community is not all that it seems.
Locked in a race against time, Jean must solve this newest murder to prove her own innocence to those with more power than sense. With the help of her close allies, Jean might just be able to untangle this web in time to clear her name and save Nick’s job. But the truth, as ever, has no intention of being found…
After solving a murder at the county fair, an ex-AF project manager and her best friend discover the 12 year old mummified corpse of a man while on a hike and must uncover the murderer before he destroys the town.
Alyssa and Kyra are on the move again, and winter is almost upon them. Finding another community is crucial for gaining shelter and their prayers soon seem to be answered when they come across the Ogonqwa tribe in Ohio. But not everybody is delighted with the strangers' arrival. Will Alyssa and Kyra be allowed to overwinter within the saftey of these walls? Or will they be put out in the cold?
Between managing the annual Greyson fair and pursuing the shadowy trail of destruction left by a murderer, Jean Hays has her hands full dealing with drunken brawls and nasty falls, suspicious ex-wives and keen-sharp knives. And that’s not to mention the stubborn Police Chief himself. Will Jean find the truth before the killer decides enough is enough?
Shamus O'Malley must recover the Leprechaun Kingdom's lost rainbows and gold, stolen by the evil wizard, David Bannon, before the rainbows are lost forever and the wizard conquers the Leprechaun Kingdom.
While Lemuel Calahan, the leader of Gulliver Station’s Underground, fights to restore a safe and peaceful society the two crime families on the station are engaged in a fight to the death. Can he change the corrupt station government?
In the title novel, Jolene Harris enjoys her first leave by herself since she joined the Space Forces but while she waits for her new ship, the freighter, The Adirondack, things go horribly wrong. Will she live to reach her new ship?
In the annual great circle hunt, young Kobi has discovered a unicorn. Killing the unicorn will ensure his fortune and make him famous in the Seven Tribes. But the animal talks and she promises him good luck for his entire life if he lets her go. Now he must choose instant fame and fortune or good luck in the future. Unicorn for All is the first of a trio of stories.
Fairy Tale Fusion
on Dec. 26, 2016
Oh my gosh! What a wonderful way to twist fairytales. It was a completely new take on "fractured fairy tales" and I loved every one of them. Set up as news from Fairyland, it's a great collection of both light-hearted and dark stories. Looking forward to reading more of A. F. Stewart. This was a great starter.