Interview with Edward Cook

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote short stories on papers that I used to staple together and sneak them into the shelves of Bucknell University's library. My family lived in Lewisburg Pennsylvania before we moved when I was going into 3rd grade. As kids of that era, we had the run of the Bucknell campus. The earliest content that I remember was a short story I wrote in the 7th grade. I titled it Robbie's Song , it was loosely based on the movie Brian's Song. It was about an older high school football player my sister was dating. I remember one of his teammates was mad because he wasn't in it.
What is your writing process?
At this point in my life, I have habits of reading in the morning with my breakfast and coffee. Then I address any work or tasks the need to be done. Towards the afternoon, I like to exercise and clear my mind. I like to find a unique spot such as a dam, or riverbank and write down my thoughts on paper. I find myself writing and re-writing, and changing things so that they fit better. Sometime I have reference material with me. Once I get enough material together, I write it all out in a note book exactly as I want it to appear in print. I have to be in a certain creative mood to do this well. When I'm ready, I key board this on to a computer file.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I liked Muhammad Ali's The Greatest because it inspired me to train and do things uniquely. He and his life is and was very different from most people. I can identify with that. I also liked the book The Fab Four about the Beatles. I was and still am greatly influenced by their music and the book tells their story from their early lives. To me it was very interesting.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like hard copy, although sometimes I read on a public libraries or colleges computer. Mostly I like to sit down with a real newspaper or Magazine.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don't know about sales, but I really like speaking to groups about my writing. I don't have to fake it like some salesman. It's my work that I'm knowledgeable and proud of. I like to be able to answer anyone's question honestly. In my heart, I feel that I'm helping people.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
You can write a book the way you would want to read one, In a bigger more enjoyable font. You can eliminate any fill or fluff and get to the point. You can better control the timing, and ultimately, it's better financially.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Yes, it gets my work out across most all platforms, not just the traditional ones.
What are you working on next?
I happen to be a single father. This is a subject that I think a lot of people can relate to. There are many joys and hardships. When my son graduates from high school will be a good time to publish my next book, Single Father-The joys and hardships. Stay tuned.
Published 2013-09-12.
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Books by This Author

Arthritis and Marijuana - How marijuana, diet, and exercise can heal arthritis
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,190. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative therapies
A practical guide that serves as a useful resource for patients seeking effective relief and sustained rejuvenation from debilitating arthritis symptoms, and many tips towards a healthier life.