Hi book lovers! So today is a great day because today I am featuring an incredible author called Jack Ladd whose novel, which is inspired by true events, called Oscar Down Under: part One entertained me from beginning to end with its sensational literature and moving story. Before I continue with my spotlight I think it is time that I share a short author bio for Jack!
Jack Ladd was born in the UK in a small English town and fled to Sydney, Australia, as soon as he could. There he spent many years discovering the world, the people who call it home, and, most importantly, himself. Oscar and his adventures are based on true events.
Firstly I adore that Jack Ladd is English, after all I was born in England myself but what I love even more is how he ventured to Australia and decided to write a book based on his experiences. I have interviewed Jack for you lovely readers and his answers are in-depth and incredible! Here it is for your enjoyment.
I’ve always loved writing. There’s something intrinsically wondrous about words and the power they have over us, and language just blows my mind! But, my inspiration to write erotic fiction comes from my own fascination and appreciation of sex, and a need to challenge the old-fashioned perception still permeating some aspects of modern society claiming erotica isn’t a serious or credible genre.
Don’t get me wrong, there are many talented authors already exploring the myriad of relationships we have with sex, but, I come from a town in the middle of England not far from where Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher books, was born. Child has reached astounding heights of success with his fast-paced, ultra-violent novels, but what boggles my mind is how descriptions of death, gore and torture can be so widely accepted, yet most big publishers still run a mile from stories describing the act of making love in the same explicit detail.
Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with crime, thrillers or horror, not at all, but sex is something we should celebrate: for most of the world’s population it literally creates life! Through Oscar and his adventures, I write stories that give readers the fantasy and escape they crave but use sex and sexuality to propel the plot and strengthen character growth, not just excite. I want my readers to see sex as something natural and nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed by.
Basically, I believe we live in an age where TV and movies are only getting more and more sexually explicit, yet our bestselling books still shy away from, what is frankly, the most beautiful fact of life. My motto: why stop at the bedroom door when we all know where the magic happens?
Soon! I’m currently about 32,000 words through ODU#2, and he’s coming together nicely (famous last words).
However, I don’t make life easy for myself, as while writing the Down Under series I also write a darker, more sexually explicit prequel series following Oscar’s decline from a troubled teenager to the jaded, party boy we know he’s destined to become. Basically, every three or four weeks, I take a break from his escapades in Australia to write a new prequel chapter. I then publish it online (through my website), which helps me build a readership.
My current prequel story, Oscar Bachelor of Arts, follows his life at university, and like my first prequel tale, simply called Oscar, I’ll eventually remaster these chapters into an eBook you’ll be able to download for free.
Good question! I suppose, at least for me, the most important advice I can give is never compare yourself to others. Don’t let anyone dictate, directly or indirectly, what you should write.
Yes, by all means, research your desired genre and read as much as you can to broaden your horizons, but never forget that your writing style is yours and yours alone. The same applies to your ideas. Believe in your convictions and let the words do the rest.
Also, more practically, never underestimate the importance of fresh eyes. When it’s not flowing, or you’ve got a block, or you just don’t like what you’re writing, don’t feel guilty about stepping away and doing something else. I can’t count the times I’ve shut my laptop in frustration, but a few days later, fallen right back in love with my story.
In a nutshell, the Oscar Down Under series is based on my life. However, Oscar is a fictional creation of what I imagine my life could have been like if things had happened differently or if I’d made different choices.
For example, my parents divorced when I was very young, but it was the best decision they could have made for our family. For Oscar, however, his parents stay together, which ends up tearing his family apart. When I was a teenager, I was publicly outed. It was horrendous, but it forced me to be strong. For Oscar, it’s the opposite: sending him into a downward spiral and alienating him from the people around him.
And when I was twenty-one, I left England with a guy I met online, to find myself in Australia. I had a lot to learn, as most twenty-one-year-olds do, but I went travelling with an open heart and open mind. For Oscar, it’s this process of travelling and pushing himself out of his comfort zone that forces him to deal with his skeletons and finally grow into a kind, loving person.
I was also fortunate enough to be raised by a family that taught me the importance of self-development and self-appreciation. In my Down Under series, each book sees Oscar learn a valuable life lesson (for example, in Part One, the importance of honesty). Lessons that I believe are integral to finding happiness.
Through Oscar I wanted to portray something I’ve always believed, although I think, these days, RuPaul says it a little better: if you can’ love yourself, how the hell are you going to love somebody else?
How phenomenal are all of these answers book lovers! I have learned so much about Jack and even more about the deeper meanings of his book since this interview so I hope you learn a lot too. If you want to know more about Jack then please do have a browse of the links below and even have a read of a preview of Oscar Down Under: Part One, you won’t regret it!
Oscar Down Under: Part One: Review by Aimee Ann – Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Amazon A.U. – Goodreads – iBooks – Smashwords – Barnes & Noble