Open Mic Monday is gonna be full of laughs today so thanks are always appreciated...as are gifts. Ha. Author Lawrence Fisher takes center stage talking about his latest book, Kill Me Now, which is all about his dating experiences. I'm sure I could add some tales myself over a few martinis.
Thank you, Lawrence, for taking the time to stop by Kisses, Caresses and Whispers in the Night today. I really appreciate your time. Can you tell us a little bit about Kill Me Now?
Kill Me Now! is about Lawrence, a man in his late 40s dodging bullets deep in the dating battlefield while searching for the ONE. In Kill Me Now! Lawrence tries to decode the signals of his enigmatic opponent, often resulting in his hasty retreat. Why is she resting her head on her hand? Is she bored? Or is she interested? He finds himself in many humorous situations where he has no idea what he is doing and no idea how to maneuver through the skirmish. Trapped in the epicenter of the courting conflict, the motivating thought that sustains him is his strong belief that somewhere out there, she awaits. Join Lawrence as he painfully stumbles through the mating minefield in search for his SOULMATE while silently wishing that he was elsewhere. Be warned, you will laugh!
I can totally relate to this and love that I'm hearing it from the man's perspective. Perhaps we're more similar than I ever imagined...go figure. Yeah, I know. That's a subject for another day. Tell me more about what inspired this book in particular.
Looking for my ONE, I went out on numerous dates and did not really knowing what I was doing. I did not understand the signals I was being given etc. I felt like I was looking for love in all the wrong places. I started a blog about my dating inexperiences and realized that I am not alone. I can find the funny side of most events and decided that I wanted to put a smile on other peoples’ faces.
Who is your favorite character in this book and why?
Is that a serious question? Me, of course! Am I actually going to say that one of my potential dates who actually threatened me was my favorite character? Heck, no!
What comes first--characters or plot ideas?
For me it is the idea. I write a kind of diary of events so it is not really a plot unless the women are plotting to get me!
How many books have you written?
I have finished the first book in the “Kill Me Now” trilogy. I am working on the other two books.
What is your favorite aspect about being a novelist?
I like that I can write whenever I want to and not be tied to a specific time or place. Don’t tell anyone and if you do I will deny it, but I do a lot of my writing on my iPhone while sitting on the toilet. This happens until someone starts banging on the door asking if I am alright or will I hurry up or offer some expletive. I can ignore them only for the first 15 minutes.
What inspires you as an author?
Good question and I do not have a ready answer for that. I guess it is that I just want to write things down so that I do not forget them. I have a very good memory as my fiancé maintains, I rarely forget things unless it is her name. So it is good to write things down for our children for when they are born.
What draws you to this particular genre?
Humor is a part of me. I just see humor in anything, so it seemed to just fall in place.
Humor is essential for all of us if we're going to survive in this world, especially out there in the dating realm. Are there any other genres you can see yourself writing and why/why not?
Maybe I could write a novel about my experiences in the military, but I am having so much fun at the moment, so it will have to wait.
What's your typical writing routine like?
When the idea strikes me, I start writing, wherever I am!
How important is reader feedback to you?
I love hearing from my readers. I do not get enough though. Hint, hint!
To you, what's the most challenging aspect of being a published novelist and why?
The problem is not the publishing, it is the marketing. I am bad at that and do not know what I am doing. If I knew what I was doing, my book would be a bestseller. I also have a full day job and need to spend time with my fiancé, so marketing is challenging.
If you could go anywhere in the world right now with one person, all expenses paid, where would you go, and who would you take? (this is hypothetical, by the way--I'm not a lotto winner. LOL)
You mean that you are not going to pay for a cruise around the world for me? Of course I will take my fiancé with me. I have to say that as she will probably read this interview. But I would like to go to South East Asia.
Are you more of a chef or a take out person?
I am actually both. I love cooking.
Tell us 5 little known facts about yourself.
Not sure whether I am going to provide you with 5 little known facts, but I will give you some:
I am very strong. A friend’s son called me superman but I cannot fly. Personally I think he was mistaken, but then again he did see me lifting the car.
My nickname is bigfoot and hence my twitter name is @lbigfoot. I was named that twice, once in the army when they could not find shoes my size and had to get some specially made and second by my good friend, Ed, you can read about him in my book. He called me Bigfoot because of my size. He sometimes calls me Sasquatch and tells everyone that Sasquatch is not a myth, he knows him personally.
I am an expert on the use of a postage stamp as a propaganda tool.
I am no longer in my early forties.
If you could give one word of advice to an aspiring novelist, what would it be?
Go for it, but do not think that you are going to be a bestseller. Follow your dream and go ahead, but keep your day job until you are a bestseller.
Excerpt from Kill Me Now:
No date again, woe is me! How many of us have sat at home wondering why we don’t have a date? How many of us have gone to a bar to look for a girl, found someone interesting and just froze? What should we say to her? What is a good pick up line? Questions, questions, questions! Help!
Those of us who know how to use the internet instinctively say, “Google it!” In the search tab, you type in, “how to pick up girls” and hope for the best. You then receive a plethora of websites offering you information from the best of the best. THE experts! Or so you assume. One site says there are plenty of people who are good at picking up girls, but cannot explain their art. If they cannot explain, then what good are they to us? Do they describe which girls are they trying to pick up? What kind of girls were these, real or imagined?
One night, I decided to try a line from one of those websites. Me, myself and I, the holy trio, decided to go to a bar. A stunning brunette caught my attention as she eyed the crowd. Somehow she managed to avoid eye contact with me. I walked up to the lady and took out my iPhone and hoped it impressed her.
Reading off my iPhone, I said, “Baby, I’m no Fred Flintstone but I can make your Bedrock.” OK, I agree with you. That is lame.
She leaned toward me seductively and said, “Go Google again!” Was she being rude to me or not? I have no idea. I think she had learned the true art of diplomacy, which is the ability to tell someone to go to hell so that he actually looks forward to the trip.
You obviously realize that it is important to make a good first impression. The first impression is vital. It is difficult to correct a bad first impression. Oh, the pressure, the pressure. You only get one chance to do it right!
Going up to a girl at a bar, saying, “What is a girl like you doing in a place like this?” will probably earn you a smirk. Not only is the line antiquated, but it seems to work only in the movies, and sometimes not even there. The only time I tried that line, the girl said it was her bar and that I should not refer to it as “such a place”.
Oh, what should I do? What should I do?
The internet provides contradicting information. What’s new? When you are searching for something in your field, you understand whether it sounds right or not. But if your understanding is close to zero, how can you define what is right and what is not?
Somehow you need to hone your non-existent skills. Somehow you need more practice. Somehow you need experienced friends.
Looking at my friends and hearing their stories, I wonder, does experience really help?
Oh, crap! Kill me now!
Lawrence has been out on countless dates in search of his soulmate. Like most people he has found himself in many strange situations. However, he found that he could see the humor in each situation. Lawrence is a single guy in his late 40s. He has worked in computers and education for about 25 years and also holds a personal fitness trainer certification. He currently lives in Tel Aviv, Israel. Lawrence Fisher spends his days writing software tutorials and his nights in the endless search for the ONE. Will he find her? Or will there be book two out?
Lawrence Fisher's website is: http://killmenow.org/
Twitter is: https://twitter.com/lbigfootAmazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kill-Now-Maneuvers-Frontlines-Battlefield/dp/1475141718/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359021424&sr=1-2&keywords=kill+me+now