Intimate Conversation with Marc Lacy
Huntsville’s own Marc Lacy, a graduate of Alabama A&M University is a nationally renowned, award winning poet/author and a lecturer. He has performed all over the country at many national literary events and spoken word venues. Marc is also a seasoned freelance writer and a blogger for The Man-Ologist Blogs. Along with writing and performance, Marc utilizes his wordsmith talent and poetic flair as he facilitates lectures, conducts workshops, and delivers motivational speeches concerning writing, communication, and self-development.
Additionally, Lacy is a cast member of the new hit webisode, The Men’s Room. Marc credits his faith in God and love of family for providing energy he needs to succeed.
BPM: How did you get to be where you are in your life today? Who or what motivated you?
Via God's blessings, loving parents, and a supportive family, I’ve been able to graduate college, and work in a defense field as an engineer, and technical writer. All the while, I've always had the knack for creative writing. Getting published was a major goal of mine. Once it happened, everything else is history.
BPM: Who does your body of literary work speak to? Do you consider authors as role models?
If feel my work speaks to everyone who sees the need for societal wrongs to be "righted." Authors are role models because somebody is ALWAYS going to be lifted from your writing.
BPM: Could you tell us something about your most recent work? Is this book available on Nook and Kindle?
Curse of the Whiskey House is my latest and greatest work. It is action-packed, suspenseful, and intense, with a twist of paranormal added to it. Curse of the Whiskey House is available on Kindle now. It will be available on Nook in the very near future.
BPM: Give us some insight into your main characters or speakers. What makes each one so special?
I actually have a second narrator who is part omniscient and part character. However he has no interaction with the other characters. His name is Rufus McClendon. He is an old Buffalo Soldier reject still roaming around the woods of Hawthorne County. What makes him unique is that he is a drunkard; but he actually knows what he is talking about. Another main character is the Reverend Jackson R. Jones. He pastors the biggest black church in Central, AL; but he is also the owner of The Hawthorne County Whiskey House. Many citizens of Lazarus, Alabama are uncomfortable with that combination.
BPM: What inspired you to sit down and actually start writing this book? Why now?
Some years ago, I began doing daily flash fiction stories in one of my Facebook groups. Once I got into a good groove, my supporters encouraged me to convert the stories into a full-fledged fiction novel. So, from concept to actual birth, the entire span of time was four years. That is how long it took.
BPM: Where do your book ideas come from? Are your books plot-driven or character-driven? Why?
I do not have one particular source of inspiration when writing fiction. However I do like to take societal issues, flip them, and turn them into a colorful piece of literature. Although my characters tend to have a very heavy influence on the plot, I'd like to say that I am an author who thinks "plot first." Reason being, in writing a trilogy, you've got to make sure that you have a common denominator within all three publications. So for the Whiskey House Trilogy, the plot is the tie that binds the books together.
BPM: Are there under-represented groups or ideas featured in your book? If so, discuss them.
Curse of the Whiskey House covers a lot of things; of which, one of them is the gun law debate. Various characters in different scenarios have a licensed weapon; but bring to the reader's attention, the fact that the way of life in Lazarus can and will be affected by gun laws. They also go on to imply, that if the issue does not get regulated, there will be hell to pay.
BPM: How does your book relate to your present situation, education, spiritual practice or journey?
The book actually does not relate to my situation, education, or spiritual practice. But it does paint a picture of how challenging things can be if people let controllable problems fester into impossible hurdles.
BPM: Did you learn anything personal from writing your book?
My knowledge came from indirect research for my book. Through various forums, I met several people who experienced what many characters experienced (at one point or another in their life). Their actions now, and the manner in which they carry themselves (per what they experienced), helped me to assign various traits to certain characters.
BPM: What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?
My main goal was to show how jacked up people will let situations get, then play the blame game for an escape instead of addressing the real problems. I feel Curse of the Whiskey House accomplishes this goal in a thunderous fashion.
BPM: What projects are you working on at the present?
One project I am working on is Viral Xgressions, the second book of the trilogy. Other than that, I am back in the studio writing and recording more spoken word tracks.
BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work? Share all of your social media links.
Curse of the Whiskey House: When Life is the Principle and Death is the Practice
Whiskey House Trilogy Book 1 by Marc Lacy
Download Link: http://amzn.com/B00UTLAND4
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