Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Jacob Lassiter
Your Name or Pen Name you use: Jacob Lassiter
Title of the book you are promoting: By The Blood Of The Crescent Moon
Link to purchase your Book: amazon.com or at www.jacoblassiter.com
Genre: Fiction, Murder Mystery, Social Justice.
Welcome ….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?
JL: I always wanted to be a writer, although I got sidetracked for more years than I care to remember. I ended up spending most of my life in Third World locations working with people suffering from diseases such as AIDS and leprosy. I’d do it all over again, but if I could have added an occasional side job I think I would have enjoyed bring a commercial pilot.
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
JL: Daniel Silva is my biggest influence, but I started writing after listening to a month-long daily program on a PBS station where a book by John Grisham (Playing For Pizza) was read over the air. I was struck by what I thought was as uninspired story and a host of unlikable characters. I found myself thinking “I can write at least that good.” Five years later here I am, hopefully doing just that ( and maybe a little better).
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
JL: I was fortunate to get some advice from James Patterson who told me that he was turned down 29 straight times by agents and publishers. On his advice I went the Indie route.
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?
JL: Absolutely, I think any writer would like to see his/her work in a traditionally published format. To be able to hold something in your hands that you sweated blood over, and to be able to see others read and enjoy that work has to be extremely satisfying.
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?
JL: President Obama, and we’d talk golf–no politics.
LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?
JL: I remember movies back in the 70’s having to include 5 minutes of gratuitous sex that had nothing to do with the storyline, but was inserted in the film to boost ratings. The “law of diminishing return” (more stimulus today than was required yesterday just to achieve the same level of response as yesterday) has left our culture struggling for balance and meaning in regard to sex and violence. I do feel conflicted, especially in the wake of tragedies like Aurora, CO and Sandy Hook Elementary School.
LH: I’m a huge softy 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?
JL: Hunger and homelessness. I want everyone to have a full stomach and a place to call their own.
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?
JL: I think the cover is important in that it is usually the first part of the book a readers sees. I put a lot of thought in my covers and have them professionally painted by an artist in Dahlonega, Ga. whose passions run as deep as mine.
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?
JL: Yep. Always wanted to be a writer, but as mentioned above I got a later start than I would have preferred. The main thing is to make the main thing the main thing, so better late than not at all, right? For me now the main thing is to write.
LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?
JL: I like a story that entertains, but makes a compelling point or teaches an important lesson that I can use long after the book is finished. I’ve spent my life trying to help people somehow envision a dream and have better lives. I hope my books will do the same with my readers.
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?
JL: I always know what the ending is going to be and I work backwards. My trademark is the totally unexpected ending, so I put a lot of time and effort into the writing to make sure the reader is not disappointed. In regard to the plot, I am always thinking and trying to formulate unique ideas. Grisham’s book (Playing For Pizza) haunts me–I never want anything I write to ever be so bad that it inspires someone to write who thinks they can do better. (And if that does happen, I hope I never hear about it.)
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
JL: I am currently working on 3 books–the third volume in the John Landreith Series, the inaugural volume in the Ethan Aronov Series (Holocaust Researcher and Nazi-hunter), and a book on my mother’s lost struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease that will be titled “Winter Passage”.
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?
JL: Two have been published so far. I have a total of three more in the works.
LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?
JL: I have developed a fondness for eating regularly and sleeping indoors, so writing for money is definitely a part of the plan, but if I was independently wealthy I’d still write everyday–it is simply “who” I am.
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?
JL: My first book was a bit intense with subject matter that made all of us uncomfortable at times. But in the end it really came through with a truly redemptive theme and conclusion. My family was/is my biggest and best encouragement.
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?
JL: I never have writers block. Never. I start writing and the ideas and words just come. It’s a bit scary sometimes.
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?
JL: Don’t put off getting started as a writer. I bought a book by Janet Ivanovich (How I Write) that turned out to be worth it’s weight in gold. She said treat writing as a job and commit to a daily schedule. Great advice! She also said to “commit” to being a writer and tell anyone who happened to ask that you were, in fact, a real writer. I hesitated at first, but got more comfortable doing that as time went by and the manuscript took real shape.
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?
JL: I would have paid more attention to my family. My parents are gone now and I miss them. I’d ask more meaningful questions, be a better listener and take myself far less seriously in some areas and much more seriously in others.
LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?
JL: I’d go back and tell the slaves in the 1860’s and the Holocaust victims in the 1940’s that their suffering would not be in vain–the world would eventually learn the necessary lessons and in some ways become a better and more just place.
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?
JL: That would be fun. I’d work very hard to make sure that any changes something like that created in me would be for the better.
Thank you for that frank and fun interview JL…Now… for the fun stuff!
Favorite Beverage? Pepsi Cola
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise
Favorite Color? Emerald Green
Take out or Dine in? Dine in if the ambience is cool, take out if I can eat outside in an equally cool place.
Camping or Hotel? Probably hotel. Don’t like spiders, although a few hotels I’ve stayed in had their share.
Sports or Chocolate? Golf with a bag of Doves would be ideal!
Dogs or Cats? Definitely dogs. (my chocolate lab Maddie is my soulmate.)
Favorite Food? Mmmm….really good fried chicken.
Favorite Song? “Blink” by Anita Spring
Favorite Movie? Chariots Of Fire and Field of Dreams
Favorite Car? BMW 540
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both, but not at the same time. Focus is essential to the enjoyment of both.
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?
JL: I would go with Jackie Robinson to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He broke the color barrier when he was signed to play for Brooklyn and he suffered greatly through the process. I think it would be great for him to see all of the players that followed him and how many if them have been honored in the Hall of Fame.
Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Jacob Lassiter’s
By The Blood Of The Crescent Moon