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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Author Interview – Brad Cotton

What book should everybody read at least once?

This is just a tricky way of asking what my favorite book is, isn’t it? I don’t know that there’s one book I would recommend to everyone. Just like I couldn’t recommend one band or one movie. Every recommendation would surely be followed with “buts” and “howevers”. Having said that — Catcher in the Rye.

Are there any books you really don’t enjoy?

Poorly written books. I can’t get past poor grammar, sloppy story, or cardboard characters in print.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you?

Today Brad died, which is good only because this is his obituary.

How did you develop your writing?

Funny enough, I practiced writing in the corporate world. I was once a copywriter for advertising agencies. I had the knack to tell a story, but it took me a long time to read enough, (and write enough bad advertising), that I could properly convey the technical quality I was after. Writing a good line or paragraph takes practice. I can’t say I’ve hit the perfect sweet spot yet, but I’m getting closer.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everything. I think writers are just observers, or critics, of life. I take mental notes of conversations I have, of people I see, of moments in a day that derive something “new”. I think originality is the best thing a writer can offer. If something feels new and interesting to me, I get the inspiration to write it down. If after a while the novelty wanes, I throw it away. After a while, I have a collection of cool ideas, lines, words, names… anything!

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?

Yes, those are the hardest.


Best friends Duncan and Ray run a successful bookie business in Phoenix. Outgrowing the life they began in college, the late twenty-something pair set out on the road with a plan to never return. Their trip takes them cross-country with eventful stops in Las Vegas, Omaha, and Niagara Falls. Along their journey they meet several colorful characters and even agree to bring a pretty young girl named Ruby along with them for the ride. Landing in Boston to run an errand for an old friend, the travelers begin to lay roots in an attempt to forge for themselves the life they’d always hoped for. Easier said than done. As romances begin to burgeon, and one of their lives is put in danger, the group quickly discovers that where they are may indeed have little effect on who they are.

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Genre – Contemporary Fiction/Literary Fiction

Rating – R

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Website http://www.bradcotton.com/


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