Today it’s my pleasure to welcome over lazarusInfinity, author of Exodus: A Requiem for Jacob Forlorn, a Dark Fantasy.
Number of pages: 208
Word Count: 79,210
Cover Artist: Ryan Doan Illustration & Photography
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Welcome to the dark side of love...
A dark fantasy filled with interracial romance, lust, betrayal and vengeance. What happens when everything you've worked for and sacrificed for is suddenly taken away from you? What happens when the greatest love you've ever known isn't what it seems? What happens when your most loyal childhood friends and family pass away? What happens when one man takes a fateful journey between love and hate, light and darkness...Heaven and Hell?
Jacob Forlorn is a beleaguered everyman escaping from the shadows of a bitter and broken past to find his place in life when he meets Miranda, a beautiful and mysterious woman with a past of her own. Drawn by love at first sight, a whirlwind interracial romance brimming with intense passion ensues, culminating in the birth of a beautiful child. But all is not well in paradise. Against the remains of a hidden past, something dark and deadly emerges, threatening to either warn Jacob or rob him of both his heart and his sanity. Jealousy, resentment and deception emerge, soon forming a deadly web of intrigue, lust and secrecy which all have repercussions far beyond anything he ever imagined.
As dark visions and nightmares haunt him repeatedly, Jacob soon begins to walk a very fine line between right and wrong, against a backdrop of misery and death that pushes him to the limits of his faith in God. Someone...or something is after him. The secrets of the past begin to destroy him both physically and spiritually, forcing him to make a dangerous choice.
Love. Lust. Betrayal. Vengeance. It all comes to an end and something has to give. The journey to Hell and back has now begun in this brooding and haunting dark fantasy.
**The sequel to EXODUS, REVELATION: THE RETURN OF JACOB FORLORN is also now available at all major retailers.
What inspired you to write this book?
Exodus: A Requiem for Jacob Forlorn was basically a character study from years of either witnessing or hearing about relationship horror stories from friends of mine. We’ve all heard one bad relationship scenario or another and the focus is always the same: the bad things that men do. So many movies and books are made about women who suffer broken hearts and fall into fits of despair and I thought it was time for a change. I wanted to go against the grain and write a story about a guy whose greatest enemy is his own heart and mind. Jacob Forlorn is a guy who tries to do the right things with the wrong women, and eventually it costs him far more than he ever imagined.
How did you come up with the title?
I never brainstorm titles when I’m working on a story. As weird as it may sound, whenever I get the general idea for a story in my head, the title is always the next thing that comes along. I have no clue why that happens, but it always does. Most of the time I don’t even know where a lot of the things I write come from. Hemingway once said something to the effect of: “All an author needs to do is I sit at the typewriter and bleed.” I don’t compare myself to Hemingway in any shape or form but he was right.
What made you choose the main setting for your book?
The story is set in New Orleans, which is where I was born and raised. It’s a city that’s rich in history, culture, legends and folklore, not to mention being one of the greatest cities in the world. To grow up around so much inspiration to draw from and not set a book here is not something I could ever fathom. I didn’t understand that growing up, and it didn’t start to make sense to me until after Hurricane Katrina struck the city. That was definitely one of the darkest times our city has ever faced. The beautiful thing that came out of it was a stronger sense of community pride and general love for the city. There are still problems here but there’s just no place like New Orleans.
Tell us a little bit about the conflict in your story.
Jacob Forlorn is your basic everyman who walks with a weary heart that he wears on his sleeve. Struggling to find his place in life in the aftermath of a relationship gone sour, he soon meets a very beautiful and alluring woman who is seemingly the one he’s been searching for all his life. Throwing caution to the wind, he immerses himself in a whirlwind romance filled with intense passion and mystery. As usual with relationships that are seemingly too good to be true, skeletons from his lover’s past coupled with supernatural visions and nightmares begin to destroy him both mentally and spiritually. Not all is what it seems, and Jacob soon finds this out the hard way as he spirals down a very dark and destructive path that leads to the unthinkable. The story is a dark and tragic tale in the vein of OTHELLO meets ANGEL HEART.
Are you currently working on another story? If so, we’d love some details.
I am currently working on another novel entitled PORN AGAIN, which is loosely based on my years of working in an adult retail store in none other than New Orleans.
“What’s it like working in a sex store?”
That’s a question that Harper ‘Happy’ Downman will soon learn the meaning of…in more ways than one.
The poster child for middle-class America, Happy is your typical button-down, conservative Christian American with a quaint home, a lovely wife and a dull sex life. At the height of the Great Recession, a drastic turn of events in both his personal and professional life rocks Happy’s world to its very core. All seems lost…that is until his lecherous older brother comes to the rescue with a ‘stimulating’ solution that’s sure to raise more than just eyebrows within his eccentric family.
Relocating to the decadent, hedonistic streets of New Orleans, he soon finds that he’s way out of his league. In a world of porn, sex toys and interesting characters, Happy takes a memorable journey down a road of sex, love and relationships that he will never forget.
Porn Again is a funny and insightful romp proving that it’s not always the people who work in a sex store that you have to worry about. Sometimes it’s the people who shop there.
Read it with someone you ****…
A lot of stories on the market deal with the ups and downs of romance, but very few venture inside the doors of a sex store and expose all the hilarious and crazy things that take place. If you can imagine working in a sex store in New Orleans on Bourbon St., you know that anything can and will happen. The book will be released in mid April to all major retailers. Be on the lookout for preorders soon! For more info on updates, feel free to sign up for my newsletter at www.lazarusinfinity.net.
The other project that I’m in the middle of is a screenplay based on a short story I published entitled OCCUPATION. The story centers around a zombie apocalypse taking place in New Orleans during the year that the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras coincide.
Tell us about your book cover and how it relates to your story.
The book cover much like the title was something that came to mind immediately after I got the general idea in my head. Growing up with a love of cinema, I’ve always been a fan of movie poster design and wanted to somehow incorporate that into the cover. Everything in the cover serves as a motif for what happens in the story. Jacob Forlorn is a man walking down a very rugged and dangerous road in his life, overshadowed by a beautiful and mysterious woman. The mask she wears is a metaphor for how often we can be deceived and possibly ruined by the very people we choose to lay down with and give our hearts to. As for the crows, that’s a secret…
Tell us about your favorite writing environment. Is it indoors, outdoors, a special room, etc.
My favorite place to write is a locally owned business in New Orleans known as The Reservoir Café. I love Starbucks just as much as anyone else, but I also believe in supporting local businesses. The Reservoir Café is a very cool, hip and eclectic environment on Magazine St. where I can just come in with my laptop and really disappear into the work. It’s come to the point where some days I practically live there.
Are your book/books available in audio? In other languages? If so, give us more details about where we can get them and what languages they’re in.
At the moment, my books are not available in audio format or other languages. It is something that I’m seriously considering for the future as I build my catalogue. As of right now, readers can find my work on Amazon.com, Smashwords, iBooks, Barnes & Noble and other major retailers.
How long have you been writing? How long have you been published?
I have been writing since I was eight years old and only published for about two years now. My first love has always been acting and I grew up on greats like Sidney Poitier, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney and Yul Brynner. Once I got to high school, I started studying acting seriously and Denzel Washington became my idol. Writing was something that was just always there, but I never took it seriously. I was always one of those kids who would finish their work first in class and had nothing else to do, so I would write. My third grade teacher caught wind of what I was doing and always encouraged me to “Just keep writing.” As I got to college and continued studying theatre, I started writing plays and that later turned into writing screenplays. Even still, my mother was the one who always said that I would one day publish a book. Since I didn’t finish college and knew less than nothing about publishing, I always laughed at her. As far as writing goes, I grew up on Stephen King, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes and Truman Capote. In my mind, those were authors, and I could never fit into that class of talent. I still feel that way to this day. I never dreamed in a million years that I’d actually be a published author now working on my third novel.
What genre/genres do you prefer to write? Are there other genres you’d like to write in the future?
For me, this is all experimentation-trial and error. Growing up on Hitchcock and horror films, I’ve always been a fan of mystery and suspense. Anything dealing with supernatural themes are also a focus. I did grow up in New Orleans after all. I’d love to try my hand at Sci-Fi or a romance in the future. Some may classify PORN AGAIN as a romance when it comes out. I tend to look at it as being more of a hybrid between a character study and a RomCom. I’m still very passionate about writing screenplays and ultimately fulfilling my dream of one day resuming actor’s training and getting back up on the stage.
About the Author
"Just keep writing." Out of those simple words grew a dream that would instill a profound sense of purpose within a young kid born and raised in New Orleans, LA. With only his dreams along with an insatiable drive to be the best he could be, this writer would grow from penning children's literature in the 3rd grade to later writing stageplays and screenplays in college. Heavily influenced by a who's who of incredible writers from Langston Hughes, Claude McKay and Ralph Ellison all the way to August Wilson, Arthur Miller and Aaron Sorkin, lazarusInfinity has continued to stretch his creative boundaries to encompass all forms of writing. In addition to writing contemporary fiction and children's stories, he is currently at work on several screenplays along with another novel.