I am often asked to mentor someone who is writing a first book. My schedule of writing, traveling, promoting leaves me very little breathing room, so I usually say no. If I didn’t, my children and grandchildren would probably stop speaking to me. They live in far-flung places –
and Florida – and I do enjoy loading my Jeep for a jaunt across New Hampshire , Mississippi and into the Panhandle, or hopping a plane bound northward. Alabama
But when my friend, C. Richard Cotton, told me he was going to write a book and needed some guidance, I was elated and jumped at the chance to mentor. He’s a very fine free lance journalist, and I knew he had the talent and the discipline to succeed.
We chatted about where to start his story and the novel writing process in general, and he set to work. When he sent the first two chapters, I knew that Richard needed nothing from me but encouragement. “Keep going,” I told him. “And don’t stop until you finish.”
The result is an incredible non-fiction novella - Then Came Cancer: A Love Story. I can’t find enough accolades to do this book justice. I read it in one sitting. I cried and laughed, then cried some more. And when it was over, I not only applauded Terri Cotton’s courage and humor as she fought a five-year losing battle with a rare form of cancer, but I was awestruck by Richard, who turned his deep love for his wife into an amazing memorial.
This is the quote I wrote for him:
"Then Came Cancer: A Love Story is the chronicle of battling cancer, of a marriage, of love. But most of all, it's unforgettable! Writing with a raw honesty that is his hallmark and a journalist's eye for detail, C. Richard Cotton also brings a loving husband's heart to the page. He tempers heartbreak with humor, horror with hope, loss with love. The result is a beautiful, powerful story, a Must Read!"
Anna Michaels, author of The Tender Mercy of Roses
Richard’s book will soon be available (probably by the first or second week in July) as an e-book… and eventually, a print on demand. I don’t have a specific date, but do keep an eye out. You don’t want to miss this book!
On a personal note, I’m happy to announce that I’m bringing my romance classics back as e-books! Originally published under the Loveswept imprint at Bantam, these are timeless love stories with some great retro moments. “He’s a hunk like Tom Selleck.” Remember the days of Magnum P.I., Back to the Future, “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross?
Five titles are available now – Duplicity, The Edge of
Paradise, Touched by Angels, A Prince for Jenny, and Dark Fire. Three are coming out next month and many more are on the way! Check out the great new covers!
Peggy Webb lives in
where her gardens are wilting in the heat and she stays holed up in her air-conditioned office with her muse. (You thought she was going to say a handsome hero, didn’t you?) She writes literary fiction as Anna Michaels and everything else, including the Southern Cousins Mystery Series, as Peggy. Currently, she’s having fun editing her romance classics and falling in love with her Loveswept heroes all over again. Mississippi