My interview with Brian Laslow, author of The Marijuana Project, which I found on Book Club Reading List.
How did you come up with the idea for this book?
People have told me over the years that what I do, being a security consultant, was fascinating. I took on a medical marijuana production facility client and went through a similar ethical dilemma as the main character. I thought it may all make an interesting book subject.
Who is your favorite character?
Well, I’d have to say the main character Sam because he’s based on me. Not because of some narcissism but because it was a lot of fun doing some ’embellishing’.
Did you base any of your characters on real people?
All of the main characters are based on real people in my life.
Describe your writing process.
The general plot just kind of came to me so when I had some time and the spirit moved me I wrote what I could. I would then just think of what should come next in the plot and kept going. It took 10 months, but it’s almost exactly as I first imagined it.
Who are some authors who have influenced you?
To be perfectly honest, none. I just really appreciate anyone who has an idea to do something and just does it, whether it’s writing a book or anything else.
What made you want to become an author?
It’s never been a dream. I wrote an industry book a few years ago as a way to add credibility to my consulting business. That experience made me believe I could also write a novel, so I did so.
What advice would you give to other aspiring writers?
A few things. First, don’t worry about every little word in the beginning, just write it. If you try to be perfect right away, it will never get done. Then, surround yourself with experts who will help turn your manuscript into something you will be proud of and people will want to read. Like with anything else in life, you need the help of other people to make a venture successful.
Thank you Brian! Readers, watch for my review of The Marijuana Project coming soon!!
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