Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
I’m delighted to meet you and flattered that you wanted to interview me, Fiona.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Lucas X. Black. I was born before mankind started telling time, so I think “age” is “antediluvian.”
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am a proud Texan.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m a former paramedic. An injury left me with the opportunity to write full-time, and what the hell, this keeps me out of bars and bordellos, right?
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I recently published Razor’s Edge, and I have one hell of a lot more in the hopper.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
In earnest, back in 2014. Several authors released a collection called Awakened, in which I debuted with my story Legacy.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably with Legacy. Up until then, I wrote a tale here or there to entertain myself with a textual mind movie. But Legacy … I published that, put it out there for others to read.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My imaginary friends popped into my head one day and wouldn’t shut up until I told their tale and kicked ‘em out of the nest LOL
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I come up with working titles that are, all too often, horrible in the cold light of dawn. So I seek the wise counsel of the good offices of my PA, Kim Lehnhardt. She’s better at titles than I am.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’m not sure if I write this stuff or the muses do it for me, to be honest. These tales pop into my head from time to time and I write ‘em out.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Depends on the book, I suppose. All are rooted in a bit of fact, but all are likewise rooted in a measure of fiction.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Only to the kitchen or the john.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The Josiah’s Love & Justice covers were all done by Tiffany Huegele, a talented artist who’s also the PA of Al Daltrey. All of my covers since then have been the handiwork of Kim Lehnhardt, my indispensable PA.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I write BDSM master-slave romance-erotica. But I try to make the characters real, people like anyone else you might bump into at the grocery store, with their winnings and losings, their foibles, their humor and sometimes their sadness. I want to convey that because someone is kinky doesn’t mean that person has something wrong with him or her, but only that the person is kinky. Frankly, it pisses me off to read a book of BDSM where a major character is into kink because he or she is somehow fucked up, more to be pitied than loved for what they are. Sure, we all have our scars as we trek through this life, but I see being kinky like I see the LGBT crowd. That’s simply how they are, yes? There’s nothing inherently wrong with them, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with kinky people.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I’m my favorite author. I mean, face facts, we all have to be at least a little bit narcissistic in order to do what we do. There are others whose work I like, but I find myself all too often faced with the choice of writing or reading, and writing almost always wins out. My imaginary friends never shut up, even when I try to sleep LOL
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My PA, Kim Lehnhardt. Without her tireless efforts, my writing would be like singing without a microphone in an empty concert hall. Probably in a ghost town.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I’m not George Lucas with his neverending compulsion to change Star Wars, and I don’t dwell on what I already wrote. I keep my eyes looking ahead, not behind. Down that other avenue lies madness, addiction, despair, maybe even a dose of athlete’s foot and jock itch, so no thanks.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That I can write MC fiction, which came as somewhat of a surprise.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Yes. Illegitimum non carborundum.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Just that I love y’all and be patient. There seems to be a deep well of ink for my pen.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
WIPs that I’m writing, of which there are several. One working title is Speed Date. Another is Veteran & Master. A third is Grown Up.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
When I was a little fella, I was a precocious reader, even reading the newspaper at the age of about 3. Probably would’ve been one of about 43 zillion Little Golden Books I had. I particularly liked one called Corky. Insofar as a novel, I was about nine when I read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love comedy. I love to laugh. I love the shit that’s fundamentally wrong, as well as darker stuff, gallows humor. When I worked EMS, we lived on gallows humor, and those who know me find jokes and silliness all over my Facebook wall. Crying? You want the truth, those reunion videos where deployed troops rejoin their families … those get me each and every time. Don’t judge, I’m a lot of Irish in my DNA and we’re a sentimental lot, you may have heard.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
The present one. Past people are, I assume, dead. They don’t tend to converse and they do tend to smell badly.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I don’t know if you’d call it a “hobby,” but I like going to the movies, and I do so often. I also enjoy people-watching.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Walking Dead, Big Bang Theory, M*A*S*H, iZombie was fun. Insofar as movies, I’m particularly fond of the coming-of-age genre. One of my favorites was Secondhand Lions.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food: Mexican, Cajun, Thai, Indian … if it don’t put up a fight, it ain’t worth bothering to eat.
Colors: As James Taylor once sang, “deep greens and blues for the colors I choose.”
Music: Older rock and country, little or none of that newfangled crap.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Oh, that’s easy. I’m dead or as good as dead in that unhappy future scenario.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Trying to finish off a major shit-ton of works in progress.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Here lies Lucas X. Black. His calliope crashed to the ground.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My Facebook fan page is www.facebook.com/author.LucasXBlack
On Twitter, I’m @lxblacktx.
I have a fans’ group on Facebook, www.facebook.com/LucasBlackFans
On Amazon, go to author.to/LXBlack and ta-daa there’s my Amazon author page.