J. Alexander Greenwood

Biography

J. Alexander Greenwood is the author of four novels: "Pilate's Cross" (2009), "Pilate's Key" (2011) "Pilate's Ghost" (2012) and "Pilate's Blood" (2014) all published by Caroline Street Press. A book of John Pilate Mystery short stories, "Pilate's 7" is slated for July 2015 release. He has also written numerous non-Pilate short stories, including the award-winning "Obsidian."

"Pilate's Key" and "Pilate's Ghost" were named Kindle Book Award Semi-Finalists for Best Mystery/Thriller. His first three novels have received acclaim as "Notable" or "Page Turner" books by Shelf Unbound Magazine.

He also penned the best-selling non-fiction ebook "Kickstarter Success Secrets" in 2012.

He has worked as a public relations and marketing professional for more than 24 years--primarily in the broadcasting, healthcare and higher education sectors. Previously, he worked as a newspaper editor/journalist, host of a radio talk show and vice president of Kansas City Public Television.

He founded AGPR (formerly AlexanderG Public Relations, LLC) in 2010. The firm helps promote numerous clients, including several authors.

He is a noted speaker on the topics of image management, crowdfunding, crisis communication, marketing and general management consulting.

He resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Books

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
(4.00)
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
(4.67)
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.

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  • Revenge of the Siren Song on Dec. 15, 2010

    If you think Captain Jack Sparrow had all the pirate fun left in the world, then you need to read "Revenge of the Siren Song." Engaging action and battle scenes, saucy, sexy fun below decks and a weather eye towards historical detail earn this novella a tip of the captain's hat. Great read for the romance and pirate enthusiast. Set sail with the Siren Song today, matey!
  • Why I Slept Through Halloween on Jan. 17, 2011

    Cute story--a fun one to read to the kids on Halloween.
  • On The Gathering Storm on April 17, 2011

    Jason McIntyre possesses the most rare of gifts: the guts to open himself up completely combined with the ability to get it on the page. "On the Gathering Storm" fearlessly engages the reader with lush depictions of acts of cruelty, daily life and yes, horror. Perhaps most interesting, however, are the vulnerabilities of the characters--fully on view and intertwined with their determination to survive the trap in which they've been ensnared. I won't make the easy comparison to other great thriller writers--McIntyre's his own writer, one I'm delighted to read.
  • Hair and Skin and Other Stories on April 17, 2011

    Just when I thought that Mike Bennett's work couldn't possibly be as good as his magnetic audio renditions, here comes the ebook--and it is superb. Bennett is one of the most original, imaginative and downright funny writers you'll ever encounter. His creepily fun--even hammy at turns--audio books and podcasts are a treasure, and this collection of short stories will rock your ereader. "The Grave" is a favorite--you think you can dig it…but you don't. "Hair and Skin" is like a Horrific Hair Club for Men, and "The Haslet Technique" will leave you queasy at the prospect of playing the lotto. Fans of Bennett's ongoing vampire novel "Underwood and Flinch" will find this little slice of Bennett a fascinating side dish best served cold on the page…or ereader as it were.
  • Fall into Winter on July 24, 2011

    In my experience, finding erotica with engaging characters and strong plots is unusual, and it's downright rare to find a collection of erotica with those qualities that is as elegantly written as "Fall Into Winter." These stories feature strong, self-possessed women who know what they want sexually and aren't afraid to get it. Each of the four novellas in this collection take you to the edge of fantasy but not so far out that they lose plausibility; if you like erotica that takes place in the realm of the possible, this book is for you. Sexy, arousing and fun, this elegant, witty collection is an honest, playful exploration of sexuality, seduction and lust. Eden Baylee is exceptional.
  • Zed on Oct. 28, 2016

    Visit the Cove. Take the Waters. Welcome to Dovetail Cove, where nothing on the surface is what it seems and what's under the surface of a particular hot spring pool is a veritable Oak Island of mystery. I don't recap plots in my reviews, instead I'll just say that McIntyre takes you back to a 1975 where complex issues are played out against the backdrop of simpler times. His style is one of helping you into the warmth of the story as if it were a hot spring: you get comfortable fast...then he nudges you with unseen things beneath the surface. His characters are conflicted, flawed, and all too human; they populate an island world replete with the sinister, yet commonplace motivations of greed--tempered by what can only be called the supernatural. Readers will connect with the lead character and find themselves wondering about his foibles and conflicts, but still cheering for him to survive in the midst of repulsive, bizarre happenings. If you've read other works by this author, you will see what a masterful job he does at shifting genre styles and creating a pleasurable reading experience. McIntyre knows how to hit the reader's sweet spots in a way that few can--comparing this work to some of Stephen King's latter-day short stories and novellas is no dig at McIntyre--it's a solid, honest compliment. Visit the Cove. Take the waters.