William Cook grew up on the East Coast of the U.S., where he spent eight years studying in two different Catholic seminaries before pursuing a Master's Degree in Social Work at the State University of New York at Albany. He moved to Oregon in 1989 and worked as a mental health therapist until his retirement in 2011. Now he writes while his artist wife paints. His books include The Driftwood Mysteries series, the most recent of which is Dungeness and Dragons. He has published three volumes of short stories. Before Our House Fell into the Ocean: Stories of Love and Death was released in September, 2021.