Interview with C Richard Cotton

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My father was a career soldier so I grew up in many places, including some U.S. Army posts, all over the United States and in Europe. I am currently working on a new book about those experiences. Moving a lot allowed me the opportunity to see places I would have not, otherwise, and meet people of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds.
When did you first start writing?
As early as the age of 13, I thought it would be pretty neat to be a writer. It was not until 20 years later that I actually started doing it. I have been freelancing 28 years, full time the past 22.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My first published book, "Then Came Cancer: A Love Story," is obviously from my heart. It chronicles the love my wife and I shared and her eventual death from a rare form of cancer.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I realized it was the best path to take in order to publish my writings.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been absolutely essential to the success I've had.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Plowing up memories of my life, many of which were somewhat forgotten.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are essential and I truly love and admire them.
What are you working on next?
Two books: One about growing up in the U.S. military and another about my best friend, who lived a controversial life full of promise but never fulfilled because of his addiction to alcohol.
Who are your favorite authors?
V.S. Naipaul, Steinbeck, Hemingway and too many others to list.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Being able to.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing guitar, banjo, ukulele, clarinet, singing; working in yard and garden; visiting with children and grandchildren.
Published 2013-08-30.
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Books by This Author

Then Came Cancer: A Love Story
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 28,860. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
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When Terri Cotton was diagnosed with leukemia, it took over her life and her marriage. Practically newlyweds, she and husband dealt with the devastating news that Terri might have few years left. It morphed into a more deadly form of cancer; they began a quest endured only with humor.This story of Terri's journey and her death is also the story of her life, and the story of love.