Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Lawrence Montgomery
Your Name or Pen Name you use: Lawrence Montgomery
Title of the book you are promoting: A Sharp Dressed Man
Link to purchase your Book: http://www.eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781615729395
Genre: Erotica, Romance
Welcome LM…I, LH have some questions for you 😉
LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?
LM: A Fighter Pilot, Astronaut and/or Doctor.
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
LM: I’ve had several “adventures” and I started writing them down as sort of a personal memoir. I then started sharing them on LiveJournal. My works were well received, so I started to expand my stories. Which is why, in all of my works, there is at least a touch of truth…if not more…
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
LM: I am a published author, by Eternal Press. I had originally only written in social media, and was contacted by EP who was interested in Sacrifice. A serial story I had already completed.
LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?
LM: I was never technically an indie author, but when I was first contacted I was very hesitant to publish my works. Partially because I didn’t believe my work was good enough, and also because I live in a very conservative community and was wary of inviting others into the details of my private life.
LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?
LM: Benjamin Franklin, and I wouldn’t discuss politics.
LH: I’m a huge softie and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?
LM: I would impart on the world, universal respect. Where everyone would treat others with a variation on the golden rule, “Do unto others as they truly wish to be done unto.”
LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?
LM: I think the cover still is important to a book, in the fact that we’re visual creatures. As in relationships, we’re often drawn in visually when searching for a partner, and only later do we delve into the deeper connection. It’s the same with books. You are attracted by the cover, and if the summary draws you in, and the pages entice you- you keep reading. That being said, there is always a place for a book with an unobtrusive cover, but a great plot line, or great recommendations.
LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?
LM: I’ve always been a writer. I finished my first novel (unpublished) in my college days. Since then I’ve had several poems and short stories (also unpublished) until I teamed up with Eternal Press.
LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?
LM: How the characters react to different situations, how they shape the world around them, and how they change or develop throughout the story. I also love a great setting. It took a lot of traveling and personal adventuring to develop the Aeyrie, the setting of A Sharp Dressed Man.
LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?
LM: As I stated before, all of my stories have some basis in my own private life. Some stories are compiled from different stages I’ve been through, others take a personal experience and weave in the thoughts and desires of what could be, if given the chance. Once I find a memory to write about, it’s almost impossible for me to stop.
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
LM: I’ve been toying with a sequel to A Sharp Dressed Man for quite some time now. Because I mostly write from experience, sometimes it can take a little longer to get the story just right. I have a hard time rushing these sorts of things.
LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?
LM: Two: one published short story, Sacrifice, and one novella, A Sharp Dressed Man due out in May.
LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?
LM: Neither. I write to remember my experiences- it just happens to be fun.
LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?
LM: To be honest, most of my family and friends do not know I write. I’ve always been under the thoughts of “You write what you know.” Well, since what I know happens to be *ahem* quite outside what many consider “the norm”, I’ve always found it easier to write privately. With that being said, I have let a few who are closest to me in on my hobbies, and I never write about someone without their consent. But the majority of my family and friends are kept separate from my personal indulgences.
LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?
LM: On rare occasion, I have experienced writer’s block. However, I find that the best way to overcome it is coming at it from a different angle or perspective. Sometimes I find that creating a new experience helps break through the restraints that writer’s block creates.
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?
LM: You’ll hear it time and time again. Write what you know. If you don’t know, but you want to write about it…what better time than now to learn?
LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
LM: Like you, if I changed my life I wouldn’t be who I am today. That being said, going back for that fighter pilot job does have its appeal…
LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?
LM: Wow. I would probably laugh if someone contacted me about turning my books into a movie. They’re not exactly ready for mainstream. I would definitely turn them down, I don’t think either of my currently published works could be done justice on film. I would probably mention it to a few close friends, if anyone, but mostly keep it to myself. I tend to be a rather private person.
Intriguing interview LM…Now… for the fun stuff!
Favorite Beverage? A quality, micro brewed root beer or ginger ale.
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise, then bubble bath 😉
Favorite Color? Steel grey with hints of blue
Take out or Dine in? I love to cook. Dine in, definitely.
Camping or Hotel? Both have their perks, really depends on the mood
Sports or Chocolate? Not a big fan of sports, but I enjoy a quality dark chocolate.
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Favorite Food? Depends on the mood and the company. I’m known for my rib-eye steak that rivals many steakhouses, but I also make a confit biyaldi that you will forget is vegetarian.
Favorite Song? Poison, “Talk Dirty to Me”
Favorite Movie? Some Like it Hot
Favorite Car? 1967 AC Cobra, Steel Gray.
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Why choose?
And now for the essay part of the interview 😉
If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?
The Aeyrie. While I’ve visited several places that were its inspiration, there isn’t one place currently in existence (that I’m aware of) that matches it’s splendor. I would take a willing partner, someone who is adventurous, a bit of a closet exhibitionist, and open to new ideas. With 7 levels, we’d have a day for each level.
Thanks for spending this time with us and make sure to pick up you copy of Lawrence Montgomery’s
A Sharp Dressed Man