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Fran Briggs sits down with one of America's hottest authors in their league. Enjoy this interview with Larry Wilson, Jr.
Growing up, Larry Wilson became skilled in writing. Interesting enough, he went from being abused as child and going to jail, to having the entire world benefit from his writing. His craft has become a guiding force in his success. And Larry is not shy. You'll find him on the cover of all four (and counting) of his books. The author says that in doing so, he symbolizes that he stands behind his work. Wilson has nearly 600, Number 1 Blogs on MySpace in the Writing and Poetry category. I sat down with this phenomenon. We talked about his goals, values, purpose, and of course, his latest book.
Fran Briggs: Good morning, Larry. Thank you for making the time to meet with me today.
Larry Wilson, Jr.: Good morning to you, Fran. And thank you for this opportunity.
Fran Briggs Likewise. Please share with us a little more about your background including how you were crowned, 'The King of Erotica.'
L. W. J.: The King of Erotica are the names of my books. It's not me; and it doesn't define who I am. My fans actually called me that on Myspace a few years ago when I got over half a million blog views, comments, and kudos on my erotic poems and stories. It stuck with me when I was considering a title for my book. Going through the abuse and the scale it was on ... all I had were my journals. Most kids had imaginary friends; I had journals and the gift of dance. They always comforted me. My journals, dancing, and channeling all of them into words were therapeutic for me. I am the oldest of five kids raised in a single parent home. I graduated high school, went in the Army, and then went to jail at age 19. Recently, I have contracted HIV and am now a spokesperson for the disease.
FB: I honor your openness to share those events, Larry. Your 'real life' experience has astutely prepared you for what you do today. How do you measure the impact on readers and fans?
L. W. J.: I honestly think God allowed me to go through all the hell I endured to prepare me for what I am doing now. My faith was tested. I developed rhinoceros skin. It gives me the credibility and expertise that is needed to put the books out. I never stopped long enough to see the measurements or the impact. Honestly, I'm too afraid to look. I use my life and things I've seen to shape the characters that I write and that in itself had a huge impact on my readers. Some of them have become better people because of it. They have either experienced what I so bluntly write about; or they know people who have gone through it.
F. B. Please give us a brief synopsis of your latest book.
L. W. J.: The King of Erotica 4 concludes all the lies, deceit and mishaps from Book 1 and 2. Fate Williams was abused by her own flesh and blood mother over the years. After poisoning her mother's drink, she has to plan her mother's funeral. But someone won't let her forget... Ex-prostitute, Princess Webster's stomach sticks out further than her booty. But her best friend knows she slept with her husband. Does the baby belong to Ed? Or Thomas? Clever seeks revenge after her fantasy is ruined. And she stops at nothing to get it. Freaky Deaky Melissa Jackson comes home and finds the Golden Mask gone. Francine, Francine, Francine strikes. She's done crying. She makes a pivotal choice when she calls a cab in a wedding dress to rush home to marry the man who has her best friend hooked on drugs and pregnant.
Jadish Houston. Will she finally make love to her husband of two years for the first time? Or will Tommy, her God father, threaten it all as Sax falls in love with someone else? Will Clever live out her dreams? Will Francine give herself to the man who cheated on her? Will Sax get tired of being a married-virgin and give in to the innuendos of his college buddy? The KING 4: the Dethronement of the KING concludes the series into one explosive event.
F. B. DeTHRONEment is an undeniably distinguishing title for your book. Tell us how you came up with it.
L. W. J.: The King of Erotica 1 is the Throne. The King of Erotica 2 is the Crown. Book 3 is the VIP. And the fourth book is called the DeTHRONEment because its ends The King of Erotica series, forever making it immortal. And it allows me to focus on being Dapharoah69, and not just an erotic author. For me it's bitter-sweet because I never dreamed of going past Book 1. The genesis of Book 4 for seals the deal and allows me to mourn what I lost to become a writer. How I started, being in the porn industry for five days to make the money to publish my own material because publishing houses denied my work. I didn't take 'No' for an answer. I did what I had to do to make my work and my empire a reality. So all of that will be DeTHRONED with the release of Book 4. I came, I saw, and I conquered.
F. B. Many authors admit to experiencing doubt as it pertains to producing work that would actually be read by the masses. Was there ever a time when you second-guessed your ability? If so, how did you overcome it?
L. W. J.: Yes! (Smiling) Are you kidding? I still feel moments of despair when it comes to that. My fans look at me like a star. I don't see myself as that. I don't write books because I'm good or talented. I do it because the stories in my head need to get out so they can help people, or make them aware of certain things I've seen. These are things that are going on around us, whether people know it or not. I actually gave up on writing many times and got normal, everyday jobs. I failed at that and was led back to writing. Now writing in me forever. I don't see myself doing anything else.
F. B. What is it about your writing style that keeps your readers ranting and raving for more?
L. W. J.: The bluntness. Being real. Raw. Uncensored. They love that I don't water it down to commercialize it. They love the in-your-face approach. Doing things on my own, being my own publisher, editor, formatter, typist, cover model has won them over. Surviving homelessness won them over. I don't give them books to read. I give them Presentations, because I do put so much of myself in those books. I write the characters they know, work with and see everyday. So they can relate. Me on the book covers symbolizes that I stand behind everything on the pages, and I will stand alone if I have to.
F. B. You have emerged into being a very recognizable face. What's it like being stopped in public on the regular?
L. W. J.: It's scary because, so many people know who I am; but I don't know who they are. It's the fear of the unknown. I have die-hard fans. Some of those die-hard fans have been following me since the porn videos from when I was 27 years-old. They now buy my books and are that much more appreciative of how I took control and carved out my own destiny. I have no regrets. Meeting with people face to face means so much to me. To hear how my stories changed them or opened them up, or caused them to be more accepting of things they didn't understand means the world to me. Speaking at conferences or meeting young adults who have gone through similar things I have, moves me to tears sometimes. I never even knew I'm somebody's role model until they start telling me.
F. B. Many individuals set out to write a book, but for whatever reason - quit. What advice do you have for the individual who is, for whatever reason, failing to execute as it pertains to their goals and plans?
L. W. J.: Everything has a reason or a season. If the fruit isn't ripe, it isn't going to fall from the tree. Anybody can rip a piece of fruit from the tree when it's not ready. The contents will be there, but not the sweetness. I say this because, if you start a book and quit and walk away from it, it wasn't it's season. You have to be loyal to yourself, committed to your craft, and dedicated. All the partying has to go. You have to get outside of yourself and become what you write. You have to research places, people, and things and give them credibility. I write for the love of it; I don't care about being rich. If you're writing for the money then you have already failed as an author. Fame and riches don't come to an author overnight. The gift to write books which save lives mean more to me than a paycheck.
F. B. Unlike most writers who publish fiction, you are intentionally working toward a cause? Tell us more including how you have successfully been able to systematically raise awareness.
[Editor's Note] Larry Wilson is immediately available for speaking engagements, workshops, and book signings. For bookings or additional information contact his publicist.
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