Just before 2009 began, best-selling author Robin Cook was kind enough to invite me into his stunning penthouse condo on the north end of Naples’ Park Shore overlooking the gulf beachfront. In the early 1980s, having written a few best-sellers, Cook decided to put some of his income into real estate. After looking around at Marco Island and Naples, he decided that Naples had more investment potential and purchased an apartment, some years later moving to his present residence.
Trim and fit at 68, Dr. Cook reviewed his career as an author, a career he never anticipated but that is now approaching the 30-book mark. His first book, Year of the Intern (1972) grew out of his disillusionment with how popular fiction, movies, and especially television had portrayed the training of physicians. His own experience revealed a very different picture. In fact, he found himself worrying over “joining a club that he wasn’t sure he wanted to belong to.”
Cook felt driven to share his insights with the public. While a success, Year of the Intern left Cook eager to learn more about the tricks of his new trade. He studied the key features in best-sellers, and five years later published Coma, an instant hit that was soon transformed into a high-profile movie starring Michael Douglas. Since then, it has been about a book a year for this graduate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons who did postgraduate training at Harvard.
For the full article, see the March-April issue of Fort Myers Magazine: Ft.Myers magazine – Robin Cook
The photo that follows shows Dr. Cook signing books after his presentation at Vergina Restaurant in Naples on April 4, 2009.