Pat Cook

Pat Cook got his first taste of seeing his work in print when he was still in high school in Frankston, Texas, writing for the school paper. Then, during the summers, he wrote a column for his hometown newspaper. It wasn't until college, however, when he saw the movie version of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, that he decided to try his hand at writing plays. His first one-act, The Boys In The Halls, was produced at Lon Morris Junior College in 1968 and has since vanished in some forgotten trash can.

After moving to Houston in 1970, he soon found other writing assignments at AstroWorld, educational radio, night clubs and local television. His first play to be published was Rest in Peace, released in 1976 by Dramatic Publishing in Woodstock, Illinois. Still, writing was only a sideline along with several other odd jobs, which included playing piano in pizza parlors; acting in local commercials, industrial films and on stage; building scenery; and selling pianos and organs. However, more plays got published and along the way, his wife, Rose Ann, taught him the joys of using a computer. This, coupled with his conviction to drop everything else and write full time, proved to be a turning point in his life.

As of this writing, he has over 145 plays published by nine publishers. Several of these have been translated into Dutch and German. It's like that old saying, "The harder you work, the luckier you get." He firmly believes that everyone has a story to tell, a dream to pursue. And, believe him, if he can do it, anybody can.

Plays by Pat Cook