Author Lawrence Fisher is the newest member of Melissa Foster’s wonderfully supportive author/blogger family. When Melissa asked us if we would be willing to host him on our blogs, I immediately agreed. Mr. Fisher is an interesting person with an even more interesting story to tell.
His nonfiction dating book, Kill Me Now: A Middle Aged Man’s Maneuvers Through the Frontline of the Dating Battlefield, is a lighthearted memoir that’s received rave reviews on Amazon. I’m honored to host Mr. Fisher here on this blog.
So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and learn more about Mr. Fisher and his amazing dating adventures.
- How would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?
This book is a diary of my escapades and narrow escapes while shamelessly searching for love in all the wrong places.
- Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
Yes, there are two. First as Jackie Chan said, “If life knocks you down, you can choose whether to get up or not.” Second, no one is going to find the love of their life by staying at home moping that all the good ones are taken.
- If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?
Oprah? Show? Wait a minute, I will Google. I don’t watch television much so I had not heard of her. I would say the theme of the show would be “looking for love when you are middle aged”
- How much of the book is based on real life (either yours or someone you know)?
All of it! It is not a work of fiction, as horrifying as some of the stories are.
- How did you get the idea for the novel?
From friends. I had started a blog about some bad dates, and they told me that they were too funny not to publish, so I wrote the book.
- Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel! The title popped into my head while I was on a date with Ms. Motor Mouth.
- What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I am quite proud of the entire book, so it is difficult to pinpoint any scene, although I do enjoy reading the chapter about going to a wedding when you are single.
- If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your book?
Yes. I would not try and go through assisted self-publishing. I tried one company and I found that they were not reporting sales properly.
- What inspired you to write your first book?
That goes back to the message in my book. I am a bit of a geek and I think that others would see what I went through, and how I handled myself, and say to themselves, “Life is not so bad” and continue trying.
- Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
Editing is very important. Get an editor, as people do not like reading poorly edited books. In addition, publishing is easy. It is the marketing that causes problems. No marketing, no sales!
- Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process? What’s your least favorite?
Marketing! But I have yet to see my book in the bookstores! Well, I am still young.
- What genre have you not yet written but really want to try?
I simply like humor, but I am toying with the idea of writing a non-fiction historical book about another hobby of mine. More on that at a later stage.
- What book are you reading right now?
This morning I finished a book and am thinking about what to read. My wife is a bit sick at the moment, so after work I am hers. That means not too much free time at the moment.
- What’s up next for you?
Kill Me Now is a trilogy. It wasn’t planned like that, but it happened. Working on books two and three.
- Do you have any advice for other writers?
Well, as I said, marketing is everything. Never think you have the next best seller. You probably do, but for that you have to market. When I first went on this path, I met someone who had sold a few books and then decided to push and push and push. Her book became a best seller. OK, now she is not returning calls.
- Is there anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Of course! “Hey readers, the best is yet to come. Stay tuned for more stories.”