Friday, September 11, 2020

J.J. Cook & A.J. Cook Interview - Percivious Insomnia

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JJ COOK & AJ COOK, MD attribute the creation of this novel — the first volume in the Percivious Trilogy — to the marriage of their unique skills and perspectives.

They hope this novel — and trilogy — shines a light on something the world seems to have forgotten: altruism, and its impact on society. “Something that needs a voice now more than ever but also a platform where it will be heard.”

JJ Cook’s background in marketing across a spectrum of industries (including technology, finance, and the arts) brings insight and depth to characters spanning an array of disciplines, ages, countries, and cultures.

AJ Cook, MD’s current role as chief of pediatric urology at the Alberta Children’s Hospital has allowed him the opportunity to author and contribute to numerous published studies, honing his writing skills, while his experience as a surgeon -- as well as the relationships he’s developed with his young patients and their guardians -- has contributed credibility and realism to the narrative.


What inspired you to pen your first novel? 
About 8 years ago it struck me. I said to my husband (AJ Cook), “Wouldn’t it be an interesting premise for a book, if someone (or something) was able to exploit your sleep hours? The one thing that still remains ours/uninterrupted (for the most part)”. I didn’t know it at the time, but the book was hanging in the balance as I waited for his reply. As it turned out he loved the idea, and the premise for Percivious was conceived.

Tell us your latest news. 
We are preparing to be guests on CTV Morning Live to talk about the release of Percivious Insomnia. We just got a new puppy and are now proud owners of not one but two Chihuahuas!

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
Holding the hard copy version of the novel in our hands for the first time. There is something very magical anout ideas becoming something tangible. It is something special, the ability to share our story with the world now.

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel? 
The ultimate in altruism lives at the heart of the Percivious Trilogy. Something pure that has been lost is now found in a new version of our own evolution.

In your new book; PERCIVIOUS INSOMNIA, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it
What was the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book? Maybe it was the single best distraction. Either way, it was our newborn baby girl.

What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your characters? 
That they were their own entities. That the things we thought we would write about them were seldom what materialized on the page. They tell their own story, we just try to get it right.

  • 1. Two characters are the same age.
  • 2. The word scotch appears in the novel 15 times.
  • 3. There are three sheep that live in an office.
  • 4. A main character is transgender.
  • 5. Includes a game of I spy.
  • 6. Includes a game of chess.
  • 7. Sadly….there are no pets.
  • 8. Includes a Porsche.
  • 9. Includes a Ducati.
  • 10. Was written over 7 years.
What’s the most ridiculous fact you know? 
The lighter was invented before matches were.

Best date you've ever had? 
A proposal in Paris at the stroke of midnight on the Alexander bridge looking on to the Eiffel tower ablaze with sparkling lights.

What are 4 things you never leave home without? 
Cell phone, sunglasses, wallet and lipstick.

What event in your life would make a good movie? 
A Mommy and me 48 hour road trip with my seven year old daughter to pick up her new puppy.

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today? 
The birth of our daughter. I think of her first now.

At a movie theater which arm rest is yours? 
The left one usually.

What was the best memory you ever had as a writer? 
Working out the story arc with my husband for the Trilogy. It all happened in pretty much one evening. One of the best of my life.

Where can readers find you? 
Find the authors of Instagram and Facebook (@percivious), and HERE!
Percivious Insomnia (Percivious Trilogy, Book #1) is now available in hardcover, paperback and ebook formats wherever books are sold. The audiobook edition will be released this Fall 2020.

Your Favorite Quotes/Scenes from PERCIVIOUS INSOMNIA
The lie left her lips more quickly than her head had time to work out the details.

He felt tears against his freshly shaven face, caught up in the ski mask, reminding him that he was right side up. The strand of hope to the outside world up above his head became very thin; life above him would carry on as if he’d never existed while he suffocated in darkness alone.

A lone frigate hovered overhead, creating a solid black puzzle piece that exposed the universe against the milky blue haze of the evening sky. Its forked tail acted as a rudder, a steering wheel perfected over 50 million years, equally as effective in air as in water. Its bat-like presence was unsettling at fifteen feet above the ship deck.

He could see she was running the odds of what the rest of their relationship would be like, if there was to be one at all.

Anxious parents wiped at little noses and tugged at little hands. The allglass-everything foyer to the Upton wing looked like it had been invaded by an army of baby “Thing T. Things.” The expression on the receptionist’s face betrayed her, and anyone could guess she wouldn’t have been surprised if the real Addams family showed up next.

An insomnia pandemic is sweeping the globe, leaving people unable to function and society on the brink of collapse...

Dr. Cooper Delaney believes he has the answer: Noctural, a new sleep-aid—one with absolutely no side-effects—which in early testing shows 100% effectiveness.

The only problem is, it doesn’t work. With no warning. No explanation.

Unable to accept the drug’s inexplicable failure and unwilling to concede to the competition, lines are crossed, ethical boundaries are pushed to the breaking point, and disturbing realizations come to light that could completely unravel civilization as we know it… and throw into question humanity’s place in the universe.

A jetset medical thriller meets sci-fi adventure with an unforgettable cast of characters, Percivious Insomnia presents an alternate history so compelling that it could possibly be true. The first book in the Percivious Trilogy from husband-wife author duo JJ Cook & AJ Cook, MD, Percivious Insomnia sets a unique and original course for fiction of the future, and paints a timely, prescient portrait of today’s globalized society… and what may exist beyond the realm of our current unde
You can purchase Percivious Insomnia at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you J.J. & A.J. COOK for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of Percivious Insomnia by J.J. Cook & A.J. Cook.


  1. Probably being in a house surrounded by strangers trying to get in during a pandemic ---and this dream happened way before Covid.