Today author LazarusInfinity steps into the cage and share with us some fun answers. We would like to thank LazarusInfinity for stopping by today and sharing with us. Well here we go.
Welcome to Darkest Cravings, tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am an author/screenwriter originally from New Orleans where I’ve studied theatre at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and Dillard University. I’ve been published for two years now and currently working on my third novel along with a screenplay.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
Although I’ve been writing since I was eight, I never considered myself a writer and took it seriously until about 3 years ago. My first love has always been acting, which I studied in high school and college. My mother was the one who always encouraged me to write a novel, to which I always laughed at her. By never finishing college, and having no experience whatsoever with publishing, I had no idea that this would actually happen. It wasn’t until 3 years ago when I got laid off from a job I’d held for 6 years that I stumbled across an article about the indie publishing movement and the opportunities for success. Feeling as though I had nothing to lose, I began to accept it and run with it.
Writing adult fiction isn’t for everyone, how did you end up writing for the toughest audience?
I grew up in New Orleans, so ‘taboo’ just doesn’t exist for us. Along with that, I spent 6 years of my life working in the Adult Retail industry, which is the basis for my third novel ‘PORN AGAIN’, which will be out in April.
Most of the intimidating parts of being an adult fiction writer is the steamy scenes, how did you overcome the “stage fright”?
I’ve always been pretty fearless as a writer, so there wasn’t much that intimidated me about it. I’ve always found it interesting how we live in a society where if you write about murder or show it on screen, people will line up in droves to be entertained by it. Yet if you write about or show the act of making love, it’s frowned upon. That’s something that needs to change.
Which fictional character would you like to go on a date with? Why?
Of all the fictional characters out there from both books and film, I’d have to go with Nicole Kidman’s character from Eyes Wide Shut. It’s Nicole Kidman, who wouldn’t want to date her?
What was the first adult fiction novel that you read? What was your reaction?
Oddly enough, it was 50 Shades of Grey. I don’t watch television at all or listen to radio, so I was about a year or two late on reading it. The book has generated a lot of controversy; people either hate it or love it. What I find interesting about the book is that a lot of people feel it’s degrading to women, yet tons of women love it. If nothing else, I do feel that it’s a book married men should definitely read, lol.
Your favorite adult fiction book is-?
The Story of O.
Your favorite Author is-?
We all have a treasured possession, what is yours?
I have a gold bracelet that was worn by my grandmother. Growing up in the church, I would tag along with both my mother and grandmother every Sunday. She wore the bracelet faithfully every Sunday. On it is a medal with the 23 Psalms on it. I wear it faithfully to this day.
Are your characters based on real people or did you create them from scratch?
My characters are usually some sort of hybrid. They’re loosely based on real people with imagination thrown in. At times, I will even thrown parts of myself into the characters, just to ground the emotion in reality and give it more resonance.
Do you think adult fiction have reached its full potential yet, or are we still in for a huge surprise?
I don’t think it has. Going back to something like 50 Shades, there’s probably somebody out there who’s already picked up on what made that book so popular and are making something that could possibly be better. The indie movement especially is a lot of trial and error. Everybody wants to push the envelope and put out better material than what came before. It’s good because it pushes everything forward and it’s bad for no one. There are definitely more surprises on the way, not just in writing but in marketing as well.
Do you think adult fiction helps improves relationships?
I think it can, but like anything else it’s all in how you handle it. Communication is key, which unfortunately is something that a lot of men are not good at. I tend to think reading adult fiction would be great for men because it can clue you in to certain things that your wife/girlfriend may be interested in but not sure how you would react if she expressed it.
If you have to pitch adult fiction to someone that’s too shy to read it, what would you pitch?
I think I would focus more on the lighter aspects of the story; the humor, characters and overall storyline would be where I’d start.
What is your motto?
Never give up.
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