I come from a family of writers, many of whom have been published. One in particular, Arthur Davison Ficke, was a celebrated modernist in the 1920's and 30's. He was also quite an artist and a real character. One of my sisters, Janice Ficke Walker, is an Episcopal priest and psychologist. Both parents, Parker and Dorothy are deceased. Parker was a travel agent in Davenport, Iowa (a family business which I was proud to be part of), while Dorothy was a homemaker and clothing designer. I am also adopted and my birth family has been part of my life for the past twenty-five years or so. They have been an integral part of my adult life and it has been a true delight getting to know them all. My sister Debra Osmun is also a writer, professional photographer and businesswoman.
My literary inspiration comes from the years of travel as a child (and as a travel agent) and from living in Great Britain with my husband Michael, a/k/a Mick. Both writers, we have been professional photographers (landscape, weddings, still, video) and now have our own company, The Cook Companies, which we share with Michael's brothers, Austin and Kevin in England and my sister Debra. Our American portion's web site is: http://www.thecookcompanies.com.
Not to be confused with the other writer named Karin Cook, I have included my maiden name in my bi-line. We are both novelists, but of different genres.
"Northwoods Forest Mystery" (ISBN 1-4241-0595-1) launched 20 March 2006 through PublishAmerica.com and "Death Across the Pond" (ISBN 1-4241-5114-7) on 26 December 2006. The books now currently published are part of a four-novel series of mysteries about an American family with some very odd relatives. The stories begin in 1883 and move to the contemporary time frame, then back to the original 1883 story line, with the pieces to the puzzle coming together at the end of the series. "The 'Ghost' in Bolton Hall" went live as of 15 January 2009, with the official rollout on 12 March 2009. The final book in the series, "Murder and Pasta Don't Mix" debuted September 2009. A new paranormal murder mystery will be out after "Murder and Pasta" - however, this is an entirely new thread and is a very different and contemporary story line. My proofreader read what I've compiled so far and it sent chills up her spine! This story line is part of a new anthology of stories.
New books will be mostly historical novels set in the UK and Ireland and will be a total departure from the current series. One mystery currently in production is "Murder at Bosworth Field" about a group of re-inactors whose friend is murdered during the re-inactment. It's up to them to find the killer - and why their compatriot was murdered. And it's highly possible it's one of them. All the reinactors are suspects - every last one of them just for starters - even the horse! I'm working with a reinactors group to get the militaria correct for the time period. And that's a lot of work for all of us.
The children's series will be in the works for 2012, geared toward the 2-6 age range. My new e-book, "Seven Doors of Time" - (ISBN 978-1-4524-9424-1) which is a compilation of seven independent stories - is now available online as an ebook. For more information Click Here.
"Murder and Pasta" is completed, with my current publisher. It's the final book in the series of novels and I like to have continuity with all the books. I may decide to seek agency representation, and because I am well established as a professional author now, I'll need professional representation for future endeavours, so any agents out there reading this information, please get in touch! You will be kept busy - and I mean BUSY.
Interests: History (US and UK), Maritime law, battle reinactment, digital and medium format photography, Internet research, furniture and old house restoration (I ADORE DIY), regional cooking, gardening,landscape design, antiquing, Border Collies, Maine Coon cats.