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Cotton Smith

Cotton Smith

Cotton Smith was a writer all his life—from award-winning advertising to unforgettable Western novels. He was also a Western historian, artist, and horseman. His books have won accolades from critics and readers alike for their historical accuracy, memorable characters, and intriguing plot twists. 

A Spur Award and Branding Iron Award-winner, he was a former President of the Western Writers of America. His unforgettable Western novels include Ride Away, Kill Town, Blood of Bass Tillman, and Behold a Red Horse. His stories of the West are praised for historical accuracy, unexpected plot twists, and memorable characters.

A lifelong resident of Kansas City, Cotton was an Eagle Scout and the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Beaver Award. He also authored Trail to Eagle, a history of the Boy Scouts in Kansas City; Set Sail with the Wind, a book on marketing strategy; and was co-creator of the original musical First Light for the first televised world-famous Country Club Plaza Christmas Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City.

Cotton and his wife, Sonya, were taken from the world all too soon. Their spirits live on in their children and their families—including son and author Scott F. Smith, who has stepped into the saddle of creating more Cotton Smith Western adventures. The countless lives Cotton touched with his lifetime of community service, athletic coaching, Scout leadership, and nearly twenty-five novels and anthologies speak to a life well lived.

You can find Cotton’s work, as well as his son’s, at