Robert “Cotton” LeBlanc – Confessions of a Pool Hustler

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Confessions of a Pool Hustler. It is about my travels and stories of being on the road for more than 40 years playing pool.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am from Memphis, Tennessee. I used to hang around the bowling alleys and community centers as kid, playing pool with the locals. When my father died, I was 15, I dropped out of school, and I decided to leave home and find adventures on the road playing pool. It was how I dealt with my grief about my father’s death. I became a very good player and met (and know) all of the great pool legends and champions.

What inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to get all of my stories down on paper to entertain and teach others about the game of billiards. I met many fascinating characters along with way and experienced life the way a lot of boys/men would have liked to.

How did you choose the title?

Because it’s a true story. The book is filled with my confessions of being a pool hustler.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

I self-published because I didn’t want to wait a long time before seeing my book in print. I am marketing and distributing it myself through social media, media exposure, and attending pool events.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I didn’t want to be a writer. I just wanted to get my stories down on paper for everyone to enjoy. Plus I wanted to profit from it as well.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I put everything on a tape recorder and had the stories transcribed and then I went through the drafts and began writing the stories by weaving them together chronologically. Then I had help with the editing.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

They were all real people. I changed some to protect their identity.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book?

Yes

What?

That’s is a difficult profession and business.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

Take more time and put more stories in it. But there will be a second book for that. People are already asking for the sequel!

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

Adventure, mystery, horror. Stephen King

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Yes, the sequel to Confessions:  “More Confessions of a Pool Hustler”

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Get an editor and a great proofreader. Write everyday. Be disciplined. And don’t ask everybody for their opinion. Only those you trust. If you ask 100 people for an opinion, you’ll get 100 different answers.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Men and women interested in the game of pool/billiards and those who love to read thrilling stories and memoirs.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

On my website and www.confessionsofapoolhustler.com