Biography

DSC_5399.jpgTyler Cook is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a degree in communication, a concentration in public relations and a minor in history. A native of Franklin, Cook is co-founder and publisher of Moonshine Press, a co-op with Eva McCall that published her latest novels, Murder on Haint Branch and Button Box.

In 2014, Cook co-wrote A Guide to Historic Dillsboro, a book celebrating the 125th anniversary of Dillsboro, NC.  Five months later, Cook released his debut novel, The One, a love story set in the Applachian Mountains.  In April of 2015, Cook received the WCU Outstanding Student Achievement award for his work on Dillsboro.  Cook wrote his second novel, Aluria, in 2015.  He is currently working on the sequel.

Cook is tied closely to the region, currently working at Southwestern Community College, assisting Barbara McRae in her campaign for Franklin Town Alderman, interning with the Macon County Schools Administrative Offices and WCU’s College of Arts and Sciences, as well as volunteering through the New Century Scholars program. Cook plans on remaining in the Western North Carolina area, promoting and participating in Appalachian culture.