Genre:

Mystery/Suspense

J. Alexander Greenwood is the author of the award-nominated John Pilate mystery series including Pilate’s Cross, Pilate’s Key, Pilate’s Ghost, Pilate’s Blood, Pilate’s 7 and Pilate’s Rose. The books are recognized for John Pilate’s world of offbeat characters, exotic settings, action, and humor.

He also co-wrote the Western action novel Big Cabin and Dispatches from the West with the late Robert E. Trevathan and the nonfiction top-seller, Kickstarter Success Secrets. Greenwood owns AGPR, a public relations agency and Caroline Street Press, a small publishing imprint. He is host of the Mysterious Goings On podcast for writers. He resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

BOOKS:

Pilate’s Cross (2009)

Pilate’s Key (2012)

Pilate’s Ghost (2012)

Kickstarter Success Secrets (2013)

Pilate’s Blood (2014)

Pilate’s 7 (2015)

Pilate’s Rose (2018)

Big Cabin and Dispatches from the West (with Robert E. Trevathan) (2018)

Biggest literary influencers:

Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiassen, Patricia Highsmith, Gore Vidal, Robert E. Trevathan, Stephen King, Robert B. Parker, Cormac McCarthy, Jonathan Gash

Last book read:

End of Watch by Stephen King

The book that changed your life:

Stephen King’s On Writing not only gave me the tools I needed to write compelling fiction (more so even than my degree in writing), but it helped me gain the confidence to believe my stories deserved to be read. If you’re a writer, or want to be one and haven’t read this book, it should be at the top of the stack on your bedside table.

Your favorite literary character:

It’s challenging to name a favorite literary character. I love so many of sleuths and crime fighters, but also cowboys and captains—masters of vessels from eighteenth-century frigates to twenty-third-century starships. However, I suppose that I love the unintentionally heroic, left-of-center types most.

Currently working on:

A two-volume omnibus print edition of the entire John Pilate Mystery Series, with two new John Pilate stories, scheduled for a Halloween 2019 release.

Words to live by:

Write what you want to read, and write it your way.

Advice to new and aspiring authors:

Don’t give up. Every word you write makes you better. The greatest yardstick for success is when someone says your book entertained them.

Reviews/Accolades:

The Kindle Book Review

Indie Reader

2011 Global Ebook Award Nominee (“Pilate’s Cross”)

2011 Shelf Unbound/WattPad Short Story Award: Best Story (“Obsidian”)

2012 Kindle Book Review Award Semi-Finalist for Best Mystery/Thriller (“Pilate’s Key”)

2013 Kindle Book Review Award Semi-Finalist for Best Mystery/Thriller (“Pilate’s Ghost”)

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Shelf Unbound Magazine Page Turner/Notable Book Awards (for John Pilate Series)

Testimonials:

“Greenwood offers a fresh take on the mystery thriller with his John Pilate Series. His novels are populated with flawed and neurotic–yet instantly-likable–characters who find themselves thrown into maddeningly entertaining situations. Greenwood writes fun, accessible fiction that leaves readers asking for more.”

– Jason McIntyre, author of On The Gathering Storm and Thalo Blue
www.TheFarthestReaches.com

“(Greenwood’s work) impressed us with its originality, evocation of eeriness, and overall suspense. It stood out as a well-crafted piece of short fiction. The story will run in the December issue of Shelf Unbound.”

— Margaret Brown, Publisher, Shelf Unbound magazine