Interview with Christopher Laird, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Origins’ Writer
1- Hello Christopher, can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a mental health therapist and entrepreneur out of Detroit MI. I am also a huge art and animal supporter in the metro Detroit area. My passions are fishing,writing and serving my community. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Psychology. I am currently pursuing a master’s and certifications in my field.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
As a novelist, I want to establish a fan base that follows my novels and wants to be a part of a legacy of reading great stories. My other areas of focus are marketing, promotion and improving at my craft.
3- How do you describe “Origins” in few words?
It is an action packed novel that involves love,mystery, and intense action. It is something all people can relate to even if you are not a science fiction fan.
4- Where do you think you are making an impact?
I want to appeal to an audience that is yearning for hardcore science fiction. I also want to impact the African-American community as there are not a lot of African-American writers in the science fiction genre.
5- What are some things that most people don’t know about your job as a Novelist?
That ALOT of my promotion and marketing has been done by me. Getting the word out is so key to success.
6- The market is very changing, where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I see myself with several novels out by this time and my mark in the science fiction community will be well known. I think the key is marketing and promotion.
7- What were some of the biggest challenges you encountered while working on “Origins”?
Just trying to create a compelling story and making sure it flowed well. I wanted to ensure that all of the story lines and characters were well developed and were able to provide excitement for my readers.
8- What can you tell to young people who are pursuing their dreams?
Just to never give up and do not digest discouragement and negativity in your dreams. Also, to work dog hard for what you want, never become complacent and keep your foot on the gas peddle. To instil integrity in everything that you do and be honest with others. Finally, treat others the way you like to be treated.
9- What are you most excited about at the moment?
Just waiting for the book to come out. It is exciting to be working in the process of getting it completed.
10- The last word or final thoughts?
People can go to www.chrislaird.net for all of the latest updates on the novel. The novel will be out the first quarter of 2017.
You can also connect with Christopher by visiting his Facebook Profile.