March CSR Discussion Day: This Strange World Needs a Kicking by Laura S. Fox
Okay, even if you're not a fan of anime or Freaky Friday, or if you're new to Laura S. Fox's writing... I hope you took a chance and read this month's featured selection! It was fun, right? Share your thoughts in the comments below, but first! Of course, she did an interview for me.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
What’s vanilla? Death by chocolate all the way.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I read a lot. I read extensively, fiction, non-fiction, literary works, mystery novels, sci-fi, romance, thrillers, you name it. Not even cookbooks are spared. I also like listening to music, another area where my tastes are as much a mess as they come. I listen to classical music when I write, but I also know who BTS is (don’t ask me to name all the boys, though). I like a little out of everything, I think.
What’s one location you’d love to go to research for a story?
An old library. I’d like to explore every nook and cranny, to see how it works, how the books are organized, what a regular day in a librarian’s life is like there. And, of course, browse through all those old tomes. The story would be about some secret society, and the main character could be a detective sent to investigate unusual phenomena happening in the library.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
As everyone, I suppose, I have several strong points and several weaknesses. I found it the most natural to write dialogue, but when it comes to descriptions of people, places, and so on, I find myself lacking the vocabulary necessary for writing them off the top of my head in a way that I’d consider satisfactory. So, that’s where I stop and start doing research.
If you could give advice to yourself when you first started writing, what would it be?
Have more confidence in your writing. If you like what you write, the chances are that other people will like to read it, too. There’s no one that unique on the face of the earth not to encounter likeminded people, and that’s a good thing.
What brought you to GA?
I was searching for writing platforms where I could publish my M/M fiction, and I believe it was Google who told me about GA. I hope my memory isn’t playing tricks on me. It happened more than five years ago.
So… anime. Do you read, watch, etc…? And what’s your favorite if so?
First I watched a few yaoi and BL animes and progressed from there to reading manga, and later manhwa, and manhua – which are basically the Korean and Chinese versions of the same style of comics. It’s hard to tell an absolute favorite after all this time, but I think titles like Ai No Kusabi, Haru Wo Daite Ita, and more recently, 19 Days, Killing Stalking and Painter of the Night, will always remain on top of the list.
Who is your favorite of the two main leads who essentially Freaky Friday switch in This Strange World Needs a Kicking?
It all started as Kai’s story, but I must admit that I favor – just a little – Sebastian, because he somehow developed into a more complex character than initially intended. While Kai is just finishing high school and is still like a kid in many ways, his malleability and ability to adapt to what’s happening to him makes things easier for him than for Sebastian. Where Kai doesn’t find it that strange that he’s suddenly the hero of an isekai adventure, Sebastian believes he’s the victim of a curse. However, dealing with the challenges presented by the switcheroo appears not as that much trouble to Kai as it is to Sebastian. He fights the harder fight in some ways, so to speak. So, maybe, just maybe, he’s the favorite child by less than an inch of affection.
Can you sum up the story in one line?
It only takes a body swap to find love and the real you on the other side.
Can you share a little of your current or future story you’re posting on GA with readers?
I’m currently in the process of publishing Chasing Rusty Parker here, on GA. It is the sequel to my other story published here, Good Guys Don’t Date Bad Boys.
I think it’s the first time I’m using a character’s full name in the title, and it’s all for a good reason. This story centers more on the main character than my other works, in the sense that besides the usual interactions with the MC’s love interest and his friends, I invite the readers to spend more time in Rusty’s head than I have done previously. That said, I hope that the journey through Rusty’s kinky and clever mind will be worth the time wasted on reading the story.
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