Monday, January 23, 2012

On Writing Author Interview: Lawrence Fisher

To avoid pre-conceived notions which can sometimes be connected with certain genres, the number of books published and/or an author's appearance, none of that information will be revealed until the bottom of the interview.   So pour a cup of coffee, have a seat, and check out this interview - see how much, or how little, you have in common with this published author.

What is your favorite part of being a writer? It is fun. I can do it when I have time or wherever I am.

What is your least favorite part? Trying to market. This is not something I am very good at or enjoy it.

Name one obstacle you’ve had to overcome. As a self-published person, I had to find the money to get it published. Some publishing houses were interested but they said that I must foot the entire bill. Coming up with the money to publish in the first place was a major obstacle. It placed me in acute financial hardship but now I understand all those struggling artists.

Is there a specific part of your writing you’re working on to improve? Yes, my use of tenses and prepositions. I write something down and my editor says “Which you are you referring to?”

What part of your writing makes you particularly proud?  The book was started at an extremely low period of my life. My book is all about humor and I am proud that I managed to find the humor in my daily life.

What does your favorite main character have in common with you? It is me!

Do you do a lot of research for your projects or do you only write about what you already know? I write about weird experiences. So I guess you could call the weird people my research.

How do you use the internet for your writing? Nope.

What one marketing tool have you had good success with? I have found that Facebook is very useful. It is still early days and I have not got back much feedback from my publisher so I do not know how many copies have been sold yet. I am currently trying a Google Adwords campaign and I have seen increased traffic to my website as a result but I do not know how many were translated to actual sales.

What good writing habits have you developed that you think would be helpful to someone starting out? My advice to someone would be just to write. Not to worry about perfectionism in style but just to write. When you have a completed work in your hands, go through it again and correct anything. Then find a friend who will read it and comment.

When you’re not writing, do you read, and if so, what? I do many things when I am not writing as I am very active. But I do enjoy reading thrillers especially medical thrillers. I do enjoy James Patterson and Lee Childs.

What are you trying to accomplish with/through your writing? For me writing was therapeutic. However, what I would like is if people who have given up on the dating game because they have been hurt once too often, will pick themselves up and try again. No, one year after being dumped, I have not found anyone that I wanted to spend more than two dates with, but it does not mean that I am giving up.

  What advice do you have for someone looking to get published? Before going through this avenue, people must think what they want to achieve. Why are they doing this? It is not easy becoming a famous writer or a best-seller, the same way as it is not easy becoming a famous actor. Whatever people decide, they need to have fun and enjoy the ride because it can be enjoyable. When my book arrived in my hands, I was ecstatic.

Any thoughts on what this author writes?  How many books published?  Here's a little more information about the author...
How many published books are to your credit? One

Are you self-published? Yes

How many different companies have you published with?  One.

How long have you been writing?  Eight months.

Do you write full-time? If not, what is your other job? And how do you balance work/writing? I work in computers. I am also a systems analyst and a gymnasium trainer. I mainly write software tutorials. I have an easy balance as whenever I get an idea I quickly jot down the idea on my iphone and later turn it into a story. If the idea is burning to get out, I will write it there and then and simply work later that evening.

So, any thoughts?  Here's the full scoop:

In author Lawrence Fisher's words: I am in my late 40s and live near Tel Aviv, Israel. I was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe but came to Israel at an early age. I was taught computer computer programming in the Israel Defence Forces. I also hold a diploma as a personal gymnasium trainer. Today I write tutorials for software.

Lawrence's new book - Kill Me Now! A Middle Aged Man’s Maneuvers through the Frontline of the Dating Battlefield  is available on and at

What are you working on now?
The second part of the book. Maybe I will call it “How I didn’t meet your mother”

Where can people learn For more about Author Lawrence Fisher, you can visit his web sites:

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