Amor Libris: Are there any new authors who have caught your attention?
Nico Laeser.: Lesley Hayes is an indie author I admire. Her work is incredible, psychologically intoxicating, and profound. I have been included in two anthologies this year. The first anthology, You’re Not Alone, was put together by another talented author, Ian D Moore, with all proceeds going to the McMillan Cancer foundation. The second anthology is titled Holes, which is free. There are many talented authors in both anthologies.
Amor Libris: Can you share the title and blurb of your latest book??
Nico Laeser: The last book published was Infinity: An Anonymous Biography.
A seven-year-old boy is hit by a car and momentarily separated from life. When his eyes reopen, he can no longer discern the boundaries between reality and delusion, or perhaps between this life and the next. After a childhood spent battling mental illness and nightmares that blend with waking life, he will spend the rest of his life within the periphery of society, displaced, discarded, addicted, and desperately searching for a place in this world, fighting against an intensifying downward-spiraling current.
Amor Libris: Who is your favorite character from your latest book, and why?
Nico Laeser: My favorite characters are two of the peripheral characters: Panda and crazy Karl.
The Panda character is one I hold dear because the character really only exists in the memories of my main character, and to write about such a deep bond required me to summon up the same feelings for friends and family, some of whom are loved but lost.
Crazy Karl is a character who is mentioned only briefly as a hermit and sculptor who lives and works in a junkyard on the outskirts of town, but he is the main character in another story, Creature, that sits on a hard drive somewhere, still in raw outline form. If I ever get around to writing it, you’ll see why I love that character.
Amor Libris: Are any of the characters and/or experiences in your books based upon yourself or someone you know?
Nico Laeser: I think all fiction has a mix of both truth and lies. We tell lies to emphasize a greater truth and sprinkle enough small truths into a story to make our lies believable. I don’t think I would ever reveal which parts, or how much of what I write is based upon true events from my life or the lives of others. Readers will recognize shared truths and read the rest as pure fiction.
Amor Libris: Can you share with us about what you are working on now or your next project?
Nico Laeser: I am in the final stages of writing the first book in a series titled Harmonic. The series is not necessarily linear and will not be told from the same main character’s perspective from one book to the next, but all books are set in the same world and involve at least one character from the main, or peripheral, cast. I hope to release the first part before the end of the year, and I will send you an exclusive of the final cover and blurb before the release date.
Amor Libris: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Nico Laeser: Finish what you start, and don’t worry about how terrible it is. Remember, “The first draft of anything is shit.” Be more worried if you think your very first draft is perfect.
Each one of my novels undergoes a complete rewrite; not a single sentence makes it from one draft to another without improvement or alteration for structure, word choice, rhythm, and flow.
When your work is absolutely perfect, go through it again, and then give it to a professional editor, and learn from your editor’s comments. Never stop trying to improve on the last piece you wrote. Write a lot, read a lot, and never take advice from anyone whose name sounds like a Renaissance super-weapon.
Amor Libris: How can we contact you and find out more about you and your books?
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