Southern Author, John E. Cother, Discovers Solace, Inspiration with Yoga

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Like many authors, John E. Cother struggled to overcome the infamous writer's block and seemingly has found it in the practice of yoga. Cother's novel, "Fear of Spiders," is a tug at the heartstrings coming of age story with more twists and turns than a roller coaster!

I'm nothing but a Southern boy with some stories to tell.

Often reclusive Southern author John E. Cother shows up regularly for yoga classes at the local North Mississippi Health Services Wellness Center. Cother has discovered that yoga offers meditation and relaxation to the degree it promotes creativity. Prior to his practice of yoga, Cother found himself frequently a victim of the dreaded writer's block. As his yoga practice advanced, the instances of writer's block decreased dramatically.

Intrigued by his newly acquired yoga devotion, local media outlets have sought to discover details of his purported comments. When asked by media sources what Cother had to say during a yoga class, one of the class participants replied, "He didn't say anything, but he smiled a lot."

Long time Cother pal, P. Buford Pate, confirmed Cother's dedication to his yoga practice. "John goes to yoga classes four times per week and he also practices at home." Cother has thus far declined requests for interviews. Pate added, "John told me yoga was the best thing he'd ever done for his mental and physical well being as well as his writing."

In a rare public appearance, Cother performed two readings from "Fear of Spiders" in New York City this past November. Although amiable and readily answering questions from the audience, he politely refused media interview requests. One question asked several times during the evening, "What is the family secret embedded within your novel?" That question received only a smile from the author. Reading at The Pink Pony and at a mid town Manhattan YMCA, Cother mesmerized audiences with his expressive southern drawl and obvious passion for his writing.

Positive reviews for Fear of Spiders continue rolling in:

'Read to be entertained, read to be moved, and read to thrill to the uniquely captivating story of a young boy's move to manhood over the course one very difficult and yet triumphant summer. Mr. Cother has so artfully portrayed young, endearing, J.T. that I have to agree "he is a heartbreaker" and mine is gone to him. The scene is gritty southern, Elvis's Tupelo, in the summer of new Rock n' Roll, the Beatles, Beach Boys and short shorts, perfect for those who will remember and required reading for those who don't.'

Highly Recommended***** CJ Morace, Author of: "Cocodrie" and "Appalachia"

'This was an unbelievable book! I found myself making my child go to bed 30min early just so I could hurry and start reading. J.T. and Lesi captured my heart quicker than any characters from any other book. I literally laughed outloud reading some of J.T.'s comments......but that was one of the reasons I did fall in love with him. This book was quite an emotional roller coaster and I will admit I got angry somewhat when certain misfortunes befell them. I believe this is a great read for any person.....whether from the South or not. Be prepared to laugh your head off on one page and cry your eyes out on the next. Great job Mr. Cother!!! I'm ready for Book #2. Hope its coming soon!!!'

Tammy Rayborn, avid reader of fiction

Cother has said numerous times, "I'm nothing but a Southern boy with some stories to tell."

"Fear of Spiders" is a (Behler Publications) book.


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