C Richard Cotton


C. Richard Cotton was born on a U.S. Army post in South Carolina. He spent the next 18 years following his father from assignment to assignment, seeing much of Europe and most of the United States.

While living in Denmark, he became an avid reader, partly because of long, cold winters when outside activities were curtailed, partly because reading English-language books was a way to connect to the States and partly because Danish television was on only a couple hours a day. "The Flintstones" and "Perry Mason" were the only American shows broadcast.

After departing college, without a degree, Richard was a Volkswagen mechanic, bartender and worked numerous other vocations before settling into carpentry. Moonlighting as a longshoreman on the Mississippi River south of Baton Rouge, he was injured in 1985 and couldn't work a couple months.

He began writing stories for local magazines and newspapers during that time. Today, thousands of articles and thousands of photos later, he has penned his first book, "Then Came Cancer: A Love Story."

Richard lives today near Saltillo, Mississippi, home for the past 20 years. Most of his five children and four grandchildren live nearby. He is working on his next book, to be announced at a later date.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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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.

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bereavement    cancer    death    marriage    romance