Friday 6 March 2015

Interview with Olivier Lafont author of "Warrior."

An actor, a model and a writer, Olivier Lafont is a very talented individual! Recently I got the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his book, his childhood as well as his creative pursuits. Read on to know what he has to say….

    Tell us a little about your childhood?

My family moved from France to India when I was about 7. We lived in Delhi and I went to the American Embassy School, and I grew up with French, Indian and American culture. I didn't speak any English or Hindi when we moved, so the culture shock was significant. It was as I learned English that my initial love for language, reading and writing began to develop. I started writing stories seriously from a young age. Over time I developed other interests, like acting and basketball.

    What are the books that have influenced you the most?

From the earliest, Redwall by Brian Jacques, The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, The Shannara series by Terry Brooks, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, The Eearthsea Quartet by Ursula K. Leguin, A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin.

    Name a writer you would consider a mentor?

I don’t think I consider any writer a mentor.

    Which book are you reading now?

I just read Mark Lawrence’s The Broken Empire series and Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law series.

    How do you find time to write?

Since my careers are fairly modular I’m able to fix and shift chunks of time here and there. I may shoot for a month and then take a few weeks to write. It’s flexible, but I do make it a point to make the time when I’m in a writing space.

    Who inspires you?

My wife. She’s the most intelligent, most extraordinary person I've ever met. I admire her perspective on life, her uncompromising honesty, how she thinks about and through things. An exceptional person.

    Actor, Model and Author…How has the journey been?

It’s been fantastic. I've had the fortune of being part of some great films, many great ads and now I have a book published by Penguin. Living in Mumbai has been a wonderful experience and working here has also been fun. And I met my wife here! Life just keeps getting better and better.

    Why did you choose to write about this particular genre?

I've read and written in the fantasy genre since I was very young. It was something that I've always loved, long before Harry Potter popularized the genre for the world. Writing ‘Warrior’ in this genre was a very natural progression.

    Describe your writing process – Do you write more by intuition or logic or would you define it as a combination of both?

A combination of both. Since storytelling is primarily an emotional activity, I use my intuition a lot to gauge the effect my writing should have on a reader. I believe that great storytelling also requires great structure, and structure needs a logical approach. So it all happens at the same time, logic and intuition work together to craft a great story.

    How much time did you spend writing your novel- Warrior?

At the time I was working full-time and working on ‘Warrior’ on weekends, so my sense of how long it took is somewhat distorted. All together I suppose about three months.

    What was the hardest part of writing this novel?

didn't really face any difficulty with writing the novel. For me writing is and should be an effortless endeavor. Art needs to be flowing and easy, not hard.

    Which part of the writing process did you enjoy the most?

Everything - from the very beginning, the creation of Saam and the story and his dynamic relationship with his father Shiva, to the actual writing, creating the other characters and subplots, to the editing. Every part of it was fun.

    Your book has been shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asian Awards…How does it feel?

It’s nice to have your work recognized by a literary body of standing. It’s a really lovely validation of your creativity and work.

    What projects are you working on next?

I've just written a feature film script, the first one I've written for myself as the main character. It’s a fun comedy, and I’m looking for a producer to partner with on it. What’s particularly interesting is that it could be an Indian film or an international film, so the producer could be Indian or international.

    Words of Wisdom! Is there anything you would like to tell your readers?

Read what you enjoy and read with joy!

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