William J. Cook

William J. Cook

William Cook is a native of central Connecticut and grew up in the small town of Southington, midway between New Haven and Hartford. He has also lived in upstate New York, in and around Albany, and in Riverside, Rhode Island, on the shores of Narragansett Bay. In 1989 he moved to the Pacific Northwest. His education began in a Catholic seminary in Connecticut and continued in another seminary in New York, for a total of eight years of study. He left the seminary with a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy, specializing in Existential Phenomenology (try saying that three times!). After doing his time for the draft board as a conscientious objector working as a hospital orderly, he attended the State University of New York at Albany, where he got a Master's Degree in Social Work. He then worked as a mental health therapist for 37 years before retiring in 2011. His first novel, "Songs for the Journey Home," draws upon some of his experiences in the seminary. He sees it as a saga of spiritual discovery. One of his short stories, "The Last Refuge", saw print in the Northwest Independent Writers Association 2015 Anthology, "Asylum." Another short story, "The Paleographer," appeared in NIWA's anthology, "Artifact," published in November, 2016. "The Affect Bridge" was included in the anthology "Bridges" in 2017. "The Girl on the Boardwalk"made its appearance in "Carnival," released in November, 2018. His first collection of short fiction, "The Pieta in Ordinary Time and Other Stories," was published in March, 2016. His novel, "Seal of Secrets," was released in December, 2016. "Catch of the Day," another collection of short stories, was published in February, 2018, and contains "Eye of Newt" the second Driftwood Mystery, which is both the epilogue to "Seal of Secrets" and the prologue to "Woman in the Waves," a novel published in November, 2018. (That short story is also available as a stand-alone mini-book.) He feels his life has been extraordinarily blessed. He can now spend his time writing for pleasure and providing babysitting time for his 15 grandchildren. His wife Sharon has retired from her job as a flight attendant and is an artist who displays her paintings at the Beach Stone Gallery in Lincoln City and the Yaquina Gallery in Newport. They love to walk the beach together. You can visit him at https://authorwilliamcook.com or https://www.facebook.com/writerwilliamjcook/

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