Monday, July 23, 2012

Brad Cotton Giveaway

Since I pay way more attention to my other site I decided to host Brad Cotton's giveaway here on my review blog!!

After reading the great interview with him then go to the bottom and enter to win!!

When did you first decide you wanted to write?
I don’t know that I decided it. I’m not going to say something ridiculous like “it decided me”, because I don’t want to get punched in the face, but the impetus to write is just something that comes naturally, I suppose. I’ve always been very interested in other things like music and sports and pretty girls, so it wasn’t until I was a little older that I began to focus and take my writing more seriously.

Did you get nervous the first time you put your work out there?
No, not nervous at all. I don’t write to become popular; I want the books to do that instead. My wife likes what I write and that’s all that matters to me.

What is your favorite genre to write?
Literary Fiction. I envy and appreciate the creators of fantastic worlds and strange lands, of mystery or supernatural, but that’s just not me, at least not now. I consider myself a watcher of people, and of life, and inasmuch my writing is an extension of that, and of my perception.

What is your favorite genre to read?
Same as above - fiction. True insight into people’s character and humanity are difficult to accomplish. When it’s done right it’s fantastically inspiring. That’s not to say it’s unattainable in other genres, but fiction (specifically bildungsroman) is truly focused on that pursuit and I find great pleasure in wisdom I don’t have to learn the hard way. I also read a lot of philosophy and social commentary, but those are sometimes harder to digest than a good novel. Harder still is my persevering interest in theoretical physics and cosmology. I’m a big nerd for that stuff and always have one of those books on the go.

Do you have a favorite author?
I have many, for many different reasons. P.G. Wodehouse for his absolute mastery of the English language, and of irony. Christopher Hitches for his unrivaled ability to put thoughts into words. Kinky Friedman for his humor and productivity, Mordecai Richler for his ability to inject himself into his work, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t say J.D. Salinger for Catcher in the Rye. I also like Sam Harris, Stephen Hawking, Neil Degrasse Tyson… should I go on?

Is there something you want to write about, that you haven't yet?
I think of something new almost daily. It could be just a bulb of an idea, or a really great line or turn of phrase I hear that may spark something. But I just finished the second draft of my next book and I like to take breaks from writing novels. I’m on one of those breaks now.

What is one silly fact about you?
I love music, I hate concerts.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
I would have to say Katherine Lorenz, from A work in Progress. She’s intricate and interesting and I think readers will both empathize with her and like her.

Does that reflect anyone you know?
Katherine is based on no one at all. I’ve never met anyone like her. The great thing about writing is that you can pick and choose various traits, throw them in a blender, and then allow the character to develop from the goo.

Spaghetti or Lasagna and why?
A good lasagna can’t be beat, but I’d take average spaghetti over average lasagna. I would like to remove the ‘h’ from spaghetti and the ‘g’ from lasagna. Unnecessary.

You are going on a picnic with a character from any novel who would it be, and what would you bring?
Skeeter from The Help. But only because now she’s Emma Stone. I would bring a time machine.

Anything you want to say the aspiring writers reading the blog?
Yeah. Read more, write more, learn more, and don’t stop. Always support other writers. Drive in the right lane, pass on the left.

His Book

Writer Danny Bayle's life is in shambles. His true love has left him and his grandfather - the last and most important influence in his life - has just passed away. Danny has spent the last few months languishing, unable to write a single word, but at the urging of a friend ventures out into the world in an attempt to jumpstart a new life, befriending in the process an interesting assortment of characters including an author, a musician, an artist, and an elderly retired nurse. Garnering the attention of more than one woman, Danny sees his new friends unwittingly begin to shape what could just be the story of his life. But will he ever let go of the girl that got away?

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  1. Nice interview. Neat author.

  2. Sounds like an interesting story about a journey through grief to find oneself. I know many of us can relate!