I met Nico Laeser through an indie author group in facebook, but to be honest I would have known him anywhere. We only recently discovered that we almost share a birthday (just a few hours and a good number of years apart) and I was not surprised. We are that rather old fashioned word my father would have used, ascribing to it the highest praise… sympatico – we have read each other’s books and love each other’s style of writing. Nico’s recent novel ‘Infinity: An Anonymous Biography’ is one of the best I have read, and I reviewed it on Amazon earlier this year. http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Biography-Nico-Laeser-ebook/dp/B00V7QERDW/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Nico is a talented artist, an accomplished writer, and a great wit – another thing we share is a dry, sometimes dark humour. He has also selflessly poured energy, time, and his considerable wherewithal into helping to bring into being the Charity Anthology ‘You’re not Alone’ https://www.facebook.com/yourenotalone2015
I offered Nico a series of ponderables, about his books, his life, his journey and vision as a writer, and to round the interview off, questions about who he would like to invite as dinner guests and what music he would pick as the soundtrack for one of his novels. I hoped he would choose ‘Infinity’ for that, and he did.
I therefore now present to you Nico Laeser, awesome friend, fellow scribe and dream weaver, in his own words…
“In the beginning, the collective energy that some of our species have come to worship became aware of itself and exploded into physical existence, and so the experiment began. 13.75 billion years later during a dark and stormy night, (average nightly forecast for most of England) I was born.
I travelled to Canada in my early twenties, fell in love with the place and for the first time in my life, I felt like I was home. Since I could think and feel I’ve had a passion for art, music, and literature, and have used each like a drug, and as a catharsis, to perform that ever necessary purge of mental and emotional baggage.
For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed stories in instalments. Each night, almost consecutively, the next episode of a story plays in my dream like a movie, and over the years, I began wondering if any of those stories were good enough to share.
I’ve always written stories, some good, some terrible, and like most aspiring authors most of my stories remained unfinished. It was only after setting my mind to writing and finishing an actual novel, that I began to take it seriously. Once I’d finished the first draft of my first full-length novel, I began wondering if it would be good enough to publish. It wasn’t, and I didn’t try. Instead, I put the novel aside, patted myself on the back for having completed the marathon that is writing a novel and set my sights on improving my technique, reading countless books and articles on the craft. By the time I came back to the novel, I had improved enough to pick it apart flaw by flaw, and I did. I tried to fix it, to polish it, but it was too rough. Knowing what I know now, I could have quoted Hemingway and reassured myself that “All first drafts are shit.” Instead, I experienced my first ‘I’m a hack’ slump.
Once I stopped beating myself up, I began again. I wrote a second draft, scrapped it and wrote a new first draft, then a second, and third. For me, there was no greater creative writing teacher than my first book. I rewrote until I was happy, put it away and wrote another novel using the skills I had cultivated from each failed draft. When I returned to my first completed novel, it wasn’t as bad as I expected, and ‘not bad’ was a good start.
I read in almost all genres and find myself inspired by every well written story. My influences are too vast to name all, and it would be unfair to the rest to name just a few. My love for all genres has made it hard for me to choose a genre, or perhaps reluctant to do so. I’m currently working on two novels, one that could easily squeeze into the horror genre, and the other is a dark comedy. I’m not ready to pigeon-hole myself into one genre, but my novels all have a common thread (loose as it may be and in whatever form) of transcendence, but to some degree all stories share this thread.
When I’m not writing, I’m painting, or loosing arrows at a target, or spending quality time with my beautiful wife and children. Even though I left England fifteen or so years ago, I still enjoy British comedy, and am always looking for shows that I’ve missed over the years of my absence from ‘Old Blighty.’ Nothing makes me laugh harder than dry British wit, and intelligent dark comedy.
If I could have a dinner party with guests from any time period, I would invite Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrödinger, the full cast of Monty Python, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, and Ricky Gervais. I would also leave an open invitation out to Charles Darwin and Jesus Christ. It would be an interesting night, but I’m not sure that all would show up, or stay for the whole thing.
If I had to pick a song for ‘Infinity: An Anonymous Biography’ it would be either Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’, or ‘Dazed and Abused’ by Seether. Both are tragic and beautiful in their own way, and both move me emotionally, as I hope my novels will for my readers.”
Thank you, Nico. Having listened to this soulful track ‘Dazed and Abused’, I agree it’s the perfect choice.
The other novel by Nico Laeser I have already on my kindle, is ‘Skin Cage’ http://www.amazon.com/Skin-Cage-Nico-Laeser-ebook/dp/B00RYDGWIA/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 It’s such a joy to have a novel waiting on my virtual bookshelf that I know without reservation I will delight in reading.
Nico’s Amazon author page is: http://www.amazon.com/Nico-Laeser/e/B00SF3C732/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1431991295&sr=8-1
For more information, or just to say hi, you can like his author page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nico-Laeser/1439659402974977
Or email him at: http://firstname.lastname@example.org