Jeffrey Cook was born in Boulder, CO, and then proceeded to move all over the U.S. and Canada, before finally settling down for good in Maple Valley, WA. Despite sharing a home town now, he doesn’t know Richard Sherman. He does, however, have a full house, living with his wife of 15 years, one housemate who frequently asks him how the latest book is coming, and 3 large dogs. All three dogs are rescues from PAWS – an organization he has backed for some time, and is currently heading up an anthology series (Shakespeare Goes Punk) to help support.
Jeffrey’s mother insists that he’s wanted to be an author since he was six years old. While he didn’t start writing his novels until
2009, he had previously had poetry and short stories published in small publications, worked as a sports writer for the Bellingham Herald while attending college at Western Washington University, and contributed to role-playing game books by Deep7 Press out of Seattle, WA. He indulges in his passion for sports purely as a fan now – but will still happily discuss blocking schemes, audibles and linebacker shifts with anyone who will let him. For those not inclined to talk football, he’ll also happily discuss favorite games – including the Sentinels of the Multiverse Card Game, West End’s classic Star Wars RPG, Pathfinder, and Deep7’s Arrowflight – the latter of which he still contributes to from time to time.
The Dawn of Steam books were his first novels, originally written as his first project for National Novel Writing Month. He continues to use Nanowrimo as an excuse to help push him to write new content amidst the editing, anthology-organizing and marketing work. Mina Cortez: Bouquets to Bullets will be his first venture into traditional publishing outside of his regular submissions to steampunk and fantasy anthologies. His next planned novels are all Young Adult books, but he plans to return to the Dawn of Steam world and the early 19th century eventually.