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Today’s Tease…Greg Smith

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Greg Smith 

Your Name or Pen Name you use: Greg Smith 

Links where we can find you: http://gregsmith-writer.weebly.com

http://www.facebook.com/GVSmith.Author

http://gregsmith-graphicdesigner.weebly.com/

Other Special Talents we should know about: I’m a full time graphic designer. Commissioned portraits are something else I do.

Welcome  GS…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?

GS: I wanted to follow in my Dad’s footsteps and work for Qantas, Australia’s international airline but that wasn’t meant to be. I think I’ve always wanted to be an artist of some sort and never failed to be egged on by family and friends to keep drawing. But a time traveller … that was, and still is, the top of my dream list.

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?

GS: I’d find it intriguing to have dinner with Steven Spielberg. His movies would NOT be the focus of my attention because he’s a fabulous storyteller and avid historian – that’s what I’d be dying to talk to him about.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. It’s kind of ironic that we’re in the business of selling sex and violence. Ever feel conflicted and if so why?

GS:It’s not so much the sex and violence per se, but the quantity of it that pervades our lives. Both are intrinsic to our existence and way of life. As an author I always struggle to keep a tight rein on those sections of any story involving either subject. I don’t believe anything is achieved by being excessive in describing sex or violent scenes. The trick is to play to the reader’s imagination. A person’s mind is more than capable of filling in the blanks left by a writer.

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?

GS:Wow, that’s a heavy question. There are so many things I would love to change if given the power but I guess I’d go for the chance to give every person the inspiration to find the answers to world hunger. There is almost an infinite number of ways we could solve world hunger if only we were all able to focus our collective mind and talents on that one problem.

LH: A little birdie told me you are a graphic artist…in fact; I know you did a beautiful book cover for my book “Me, Myself & I.” How did you get into that and is that your only artistic talent?

GS:Back in the Stone Age I used to be known as a commercial artist. Now we’re tagged as graphic designers or artists, but I view that as “work-related” talent. If you visit the web site devoted to my artwork you’ll see that I love painting faces, animals, and women. I’d be intrigued to hear from people what medium they think I’ve used for some of my artwork. The answer generally surprises a lot of people. But all in all nearly everything I do on paper or computer is one form or another of art. It’s something I’ve been interested in ever since I was able to hold a quill … computers have only broadened an artist’s horizons.

LH: My mother was a wonderful artist; I however, cannot draw a stick figure! Where did your artistic ability come from or are you self taught? Will you indulge us with some of your favorite work?

GS:It’s funny that nearly everyone who views my work says that they can’t even draw a stick figure. Would you believe that’s exactly how I began – with nothing but plain old stick figures? Later, I began collecting art books and taught myself a rough or basic understanding of anatomy. It helped that I was born with an artistic bent, but apart from those high school art classes, I am otherwise self-taught. When I do a portrait I generally work from photos supplied to me mainly due to the fact that I might work all sorts of strange hours and could never expect to call someone at 2am and ask, “I’m ready to work on your portrait. Can you pop over now for a couple of hours?” As to my favorite work, that’s easy. It’s anything that involves hair, eyes, a mouth – those are the magical elements for me, personally. Then there’s the figure. Women are such fascinating creatures; with so many facets (some visible, most invisible). For me they make ideal subjects.

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. When did you decide that you wanted to start doing covers?

GS:That began centuries ago when I was in high school, back when music was restricted to records (LPs, 45s, etc). I had myself quite a collection of singers, musicians, bands, etc and one day I found the jacket to one of my favorite LPs had been damaged, so I sat down and set about making and designing myself a new jacket. I still recall the group – The Shadows. Wow! That brings back fond memories. Thanks for asking that question. One thing led to another and soon I was trying my hand at book covers, etc. Mind you, this was way before the word computer was even included in the English language, so the task of designing was far more painstaking than today.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

GS:Naturally it’s the characters. I’m a fiction writer and therefore find it extremely hard to imagine attempting to write anything without involving at least one or two characters. I regard them as the windows into my stories for the reader. Sometimes you can visualize a scene through the eyes of the character; sometimes it might seem you are looking into a mirror and either seeing the character for who she or he really is – or you might actually see yourself! But giving your question another glance, something else that fascinates me about a story is experiencing the writer’s imagination for myself. I guess that’s why I so fond of historical fiction, and why I’m tackling my own historical fiction novel right now.

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your cover ideas?

GS: Imagination and inspiration. I am never short of ideas for almost anything when it involves my writing. And being a graphic designer, I only want to extend that to include designing my own book trailers, covers, marketing material, etc. An idea can be, and usually is, sparked by the most innocuous things that can confront me; a word, a sound, a color, music … anything and everything.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

GS:My latest book, THE PITS has not long been released. I’m beginning to work on ideas for its sequel, but I’m also trying to make time for my pet project, my historical fiction novel that I have been working on sporadically for the passed few years. Both projects are vying for my time and it’s hard to allocate a balanced schedule.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you do covers for fun, an artistic outlet or money?

GS:I do them hardly for fun these days. That’s not to say I don’t have fun working on a cover. I certainly don’t do them for making a potential fortune; in fact, I quite often will put a cover together for someone for next to nothing just to help them out. I still struggle as a writer, and I know how what’s it’s like to try to stretch a meager budget when it comes to getting a book ready for the market.

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 and your work?

GS:I still struggle with the specter of my first book. It was born of a dare and only took a few months to write, and I had a lot of fun working on it. But when family and friends read it for the first time I think several were quite taken aback by the story. It’s an erotic thriller; quite detailed, in fact. Strangely enough, my wife tried to read 50 Shades of Grey and thought the book boring. She actually prefers my own book, KILLING SOFTLY. I’m not sure if I’ll ever venture into that genre again, but you never know.

LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever suffered from “designers block and if so, how do you overcome it?

GS:Not writer’s or designer’s block so much, but more a sudden lack of drive or interest in a job. Sometimes the feeling will last only a day or so, but there have been occasions when I’ve left a job for weeks or months before being able to confront it again. Once I overcome that lack-luster feeling I quite often will work all hours into the night to get the job completed. Strange. When the sensation comes over me I try to find something else to focus on, sometimes something completely different to the job in hand. But I know for a fact that somewhere deep in my mind there is a part of me still actively working on the problem and given enough time will eventually find the answer to my sudden “block.”

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?

GS:Geez, another tough question. And it’s not really a fair question. There are so many things I guess I’d like to change. But I guess if I had to pick one it would be the morning I left to fly to Papua New Guinea to spend a few weeks with missionary friends among the Highland natives. No sooner had I arrived in the middle of PNG and was preparing to settle down for the night that I received a phone call informing me that my mother had just passed away. She was still half asleep when I said my quick goodbye that morning. Yes, I’d go back to the day I arranged to make that trip so that I could cancel it and then be home when Mum was rushed off to hospital. I never did get the chance to say a proper goodbye.

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?

GS: Crikey! Where do you get these questions from? Let me see. Well to begin with, if we ever had the opportunity to go back and confront a person or persons about something we knew would happen, we’d be laughed at and ridiculed … unless, of course, we thought to take along evidence to back up our message. But I digress. Okay then, seeing as I’m a relatively new US citizen, I think I’d like to go back and talk JFK out of his scheduled trip to Dallas. I’d take along news clippings and photos to support my warning and make a strong suggestion that he initiate a witch hunt for those planning to assassinate him.

Thanks for that fun and thoughtful interview GS…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Hot chocolate

Exercise or Bubble Bath? A luxuriating bubble bath after a hard day at the keyboard. But don’t mention that to my mates.

Favorite Color? Bright yellow.

Take out or Dine in? Dine in with that someone special with wine and candle light.

Camping or Hotel? Depends on the time of year and what hotel you’re talking about.

Sports or Chocolate? You can’t have both? Who says you can’t!

Dogs or Cats? Dogs. I’ve always had a dog growing up. Now we have two.

Favorite Food? My Mum’s roast leg of lamb.

Favorite Song? Impossible to say.

Favorite Movie? Lawrence of Arabia, Camelot (the musical), Braveheart, The African Queen … and many, many more.

Favorite Car? Jaguar

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both make a magical combination, especially if both a very warm verging on hot.

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

LH: 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?

GS:Boy, is that ever a loaded question. Well, a week isn’t very long at all, but I think I’d spend it on the dazzling white sands of one of the Fijian islands. Everything runs on “island time”, no hurry for anything. The woman of my dreams and I would laze around, soaking up the tropical sun and cooling off in the crystal clear warm ocean. We’d stroll hand-in-hand along the beach at night bathed in the soft pearl glow of the full moon and listen to the tropical birds settling down for the night. And we’d enjoy discovering each other.

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Greg Smith’s

The Pits: A Crime Novel (Volume 1)

at

http://www.amazon.com/The-Pits-Crime-Novel-Volume/dp/1492847275/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384920261&sr=8-1&keywords=the+pits+by+greg+smith

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Today’s Tease…Lindy Spencer

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Lindy Spencer

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Lindy Spencer

Title of the book you are promoting:  The Boomerang Effect

 Link to purchase your Book: 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1478209518/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-boomerang-effect-lindy-spencer/1112181586

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/180083

Genre:  Murder Mystery

Welcome  LS…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?

LS: I wanted several things.  First, I wanted to be a teacher.  Then I wanted to work with dolphins.  Then I wanted to be rich.  Funny thing happened on the way to being an adult, I became a teacher by becoming a parent; I learned about fish when the kids got a beta; and one time I won at Monopoly, so I guess I got what I wished for.  What I have learned from all of this is to be more specific…

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

LS: One of the authors I enjoy reading had a blurb in the front (or back, I forget, I read them all) of her book that said, “If you think of a story you would like to read that hasn’t been written, you are charged with writing it.”  I glommed (technical word…) on to that and when the glimmer of an idea for what is now The Boomerang Effect popped into my brain, I remembered what she’d said and, well, here we are.  I do wish, however, that she’d have mentioned that writing can be addictive.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

LS: I’m an Indie, simply because I don’t have the patience for finding an agent and a publisher, waiting for word back from them, and I’m totally not into changing my storyline to fit someone else’s vision of my vision.  A little OCD, some say… I prefer headstrong.  Though I’ve been called worse!

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?              

LS: I have thought about it from time to time, and I’m not interested in running around looking for a publisher and having to talk them into reading my book that I’ve already self-pubbed; though if the right offer found me I would willingly entertain it.  I wouldn’t mind having the help with promoting my work… that’s the hardest part of this whole business.

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?

LS: Abraham Lincoln, probably… and we wouldn’t talk about slavery.  I’d love to hear his thoughts on a lot of topics, not only from his time but from ours as well.

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?

LS: Hollywood and authors of all types (written, film, television, etc.) are continually pushing the envelope.  I believe there is entirely too much sex and violence visible to everyone, everywhere, at any time of the day or night, and we are becoming numb to it.  There’s something to be said for leaving something to the imagination.  I’m definitely concerned about it; my children are grown so it is not them I’m bothered by, it is their children that are now growing up in the age of internet and explicit movies/writing.  Childhood should, in my opinion, remain the magical place it was when I was young.  There’s no reason for them to be introduced to all of the extremes at a tender age.

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?

LS: *warning, potential land mines ahead*  I would remove lazy.  There are so many people who are otherwise capable of supporting themselves but are instead taking advantage of the government programs, it really sets me back when I look at my paycheck and see how much money is going to support other people.  I’m not talking about the people who genuinely need a hand up; I have no problem helping others temporarily.  I am talking about the people who feel they make more money on government assistance than they could make in the work force and have decided to continue that way until it is no longer an option.  I would also include in that group the politicians who are reaching into our pockets and taking what they want for themselves with no regard to how that affects the working man.  Wow, where did this soapbox come from and why am I on it?

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?

LS: Book covers have always been important; they’re the first thing that catches the eye even when the person is looking for a specific author.  When I’m at the library and I see a cover that requires further scrutiny or has bright, bold colors and easy to read writing, I’m more than likely going to pick up the book and flip it over to see what it’s about; I find that the cover makes a difference online, as well; if the author has put time and care into what I’m seeing without knowing anything about the book, then I can be relatively certain that the story inside is going to have the same care instilled and I’m more likely to give the book a read.

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?

LS: Oh no. Until about 3 years ago I didn’t give writing a serious thought.  I did write a story as a teen, but that was not given a real effort.  All of my siblings took a more serious look at writing than I did… I guess I didn’t really have a story to tell (or time to tell it) before The Boomerang Effect.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

LS: Being able to immerse myself entirely.  I love to know what the character is thinking, what they’re doing, how they’re feeling… I find a good story is one where I can relate to at least one character, even if it isn’t the main character; its important to me to be able to connect.

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?

LS: Mine’s more of a television series-type reveal.  An idea pops into my brain and I start writing down the ideas as they come to me; different scenarios, different characters, popping back and forth… it starts out all jumbled and eventually works its way into a comprehensive, someone-else-can-follow-this-storyline flow.  If that makes sense!

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

LS: I’m totally working on several projects now! LOL!  I’ve been browbeaten to within an inch of my life for a sequel to The Boomerang Effect; I’ve got a storyline with a serial killer featured; and I have two separate short stories for different anthologies I said I would be a part of, as well.  Oh, and an anthology of my own stories.  The projects now aren’t anywhere near completion except the short stories on deadline.  One is done, one to go.  Ah, and there’s a children’s book that’s currently at the illustrator, too.  Wow, I just made myself tired!

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?

LS: I’ve just written the one.  Between working a full-time job and having a photography business on the side I find I don’t have nearly as much time to write as I’d like.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

LS: My first book came about because I had a story to tell.  Money didn’t figure into it for me.  I’d love to take a call from Hollywood, wanting to make my book into a movie, but I’m not betting the bank on royalties.  If we get into writing for the money, we’re not in it for the right reason.

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?

LS: Oof, I’ve experienced the wall.  Man.  That’s a tough one.  I set my writing down and walked away on more than one occasion; I’ve talked to myself, run my hands through my hair so much that my jewelry got all tangled up in it, paced, thrown mental temper tantrums… the lot.  I wrote a different section for awhile, and then approached the portion I was stuck on from a different direction.  I’m definitely not a fan of writers block!

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

LS: Absolutely.  Don’t quit.  About the time you think you can’t do it, you push through and see you’ve done it.  Oh, and number your pages.  Page numbers make it easier to get it back in the correct order after flinging a draft manuscript across the room.  Yea, I know… don’t ask.

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?

LS: I would have bought that lottery ticket with the numbers my mom said would win.  She picked 5 out of 6.  Who knew?!

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?

LS: I would tell teenage me about a couple of tree roots that could have been avoided being tripped over had I been watching for them.  I think changing my own life would have made the least amount of ripples in the overall scheme of things and made the most difference in how things turned out along the way.  Though changing one thing can alter everything…

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?

LS: I would tell my husband first.  He’s my best friend.  Then I would call and tell my children, who are grown and gone, thankfully, because I don’t think they could stand to see the nekkid happy dance I’d be doing all over the house!!!  I could totally handle it… I’d do some research and find an agent who was familiar with the process and reportedly honest in the field, and it would be on like Donkey Kong from there.  I’ve had a reader email me and tell me she had a dream that she was at the movie theater to see my book on the big screen.  I can only hope that, and your question here, can one day be looked back on as good omens!

Thanks for that Awesome interview LS~Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Non-alcoholic – water; Alcoholic – Sovingnon Blanc

Exercise or Bubble Bath?  Neither… give me a good book!

Favorite Color?  Green

Take out or Dine in?  Depends on how tired I am after work… today, take out

Camping or Hotel?  Hotel

Sports or Chocolate?  Chocolate

Dogs or Cats?  Dogs

Favorite Food?  Cheesecake

Favorite Song?  Take A Back Road by Rodney Atkins
Favorite Movie?  Pretty Woman

Favorite Car?  Lamborghini Diablo

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉  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?

LS: I would go into the future just far enough to find out the winning lotto numbers for a decent-sized jackpot and stick around long enough to see if someone else won or not.  I’d take my husband because he’s got a good memory and a head for numbers.  Once we had the winning numbers, we’d spend the rest of our time looking for a piece of land to build our new house on once we’ve returned to current time and waited until the appropriate lotto drawing came along, won, and cashed in our winning ticket.  Yes, I’ve put some thought into this a time or two!!

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Lindy Spencer’s 

The Boomerang Effect

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Today’s Tease…Jacob Lassiter

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
At
www.jacoblassiter.com

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