James Cochrane

     James Todd Cochrane was born in California in 1969. He received his BA from Utah State University, where he majored in Business Information Systems with a minor in German.
     A writer since elementary school, he published his first novel, Max and the Gatekeeper, in 2007. 
     The author writes part-time while working as a computer programmer.  He now lives in Juneau, Alaska.

Book(s) By James Cochrane


Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?


I am a person with vast interests.  I could go to the Super bowl one day and see a ballet the next.  I have lived in seven states and overseas.  I have always loved to write.  In 4th grade a friend and I wrote our school play.  I have a degree in Business Information Systems and can speak two foreign languages.  Above all I love to have fun, and writing is fun.


Describe your book ‘Max and the Gatekeeper’ in 30 words or less.


Max is unwillingly sent to live with his grandfather for the summer.  Instead of the boring summer Max had anticipated, he is thrown into a battle between good and evil.


What was the hardest part of writing your book? 


Editing is still the hardest part of writing a book for me. .


What books have had the greatest influence on you?


The Lord of the Rings, The Shannara series by Terry Brooks


Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?


 I try to find new ways to promote my books online.  So far my best results have come from targeting schools.  I usually donate several copies a year to school libraries.  These donations have resulted in over 60 author visits, getting Max on Alaska’s 2010-2011 Battle of the Books and on the Accelerated Reader list. 


How do you spend your time when you are not writing?


I love to play golf.  So in the summer months I try to play as much as I can.


What are you working on next?

I am currently working on the 4th book in the Max and the Gatekeeper series, The Dark Society.



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