Interview with John Cosper

Published 2015-01-03.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I try to read the Bible every day. I believe in God, and I want to live a life that honors Christ. My favorite fiction book is "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." I'm a fan of the franchise and own the TV show, movie, radio show, and radio scripts. I love every incarnation of the series. My favorite wrestling book is Mick Foley's "Have a Nice Day." Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" is my favorite serious sci-fi series. I'm also a Tom Clancy fan. "Red October" is the easy favorite but I really love the John Clark books, "Without Remorse" and "Rainbow Six."
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a wide mix of stuff for fun. I collect the James Bond novels and Tom Clancy. I read a lot of biographies, including many wrestling bios. I like classical Christian books, especially C.S. Lewis. I like vintage sci-fi such as the John Carter series and other early space novels. I also read comics and graphic novels and currently subscribe to Batman, Deadpool, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Who are your favorite authors?
Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Ian Fleming, Tom Clancy, C.S. Lewis, Seth Godin, Timothy Zahn. Also have to include Joss Whedon and James Gunn.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad and iPhone. I use the Kindle app and iBooks.
When did you first start writing?
My first creative endeavor was a screenplay, a sequel to Bugsy Malone, in the fourth grade. Jodie Foster won a few Oscars, and I realized it probably was never going to happen.
Describe your desk
Mostly unused. I write with the MacBook in my lap, usually in front of the TV.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was inspired to write "Eat Sleep Wrestle" while selling copies of my first wrestling book "Bluegrass Brawlers" at some indy wrestling shows. I started to meet and get to know some indy wrestlers and realized they had some very inspiring and fun stories to tell. I wanted to share their story, and let wrestling fans know there's great wrestling happening live in their neighborhood, not just on TV.
How do you approach cover design?
It depends on the book. For Bluegrass Brawlers, I wanted a cover that paid tribute to the wrestling fliers and ads from the past, while Eat Sleep Wrestle has a cover more reflective of today's indy wrestling promotions. My sci-fi books all have unique covers that pay tribute to the old b-movies and sci-fi stories that inspired them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Createspace and other self-publishing platforms. They make it easy and affordable to get books out into the market. Then it's up to you to promote and sell them.
What are you working on next?
Working title is "The History of Pro Wrestling in 25 Matches or Less," a look at 25 of the most important and influential matches in pro wrestling. I'm also gathering research for a more in-depth book about a Louisville wrestling promotion that ran from 1937-1957.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing with my kids, hanging out with my family, reading, cooking, watching TV, movies, wrestling (live and on TV), football, and ice hockey.
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