Interview with Jacob Lasher, Author of Cup of Coffee

Mar. 8, 2019

I was privileged to invite Jacob Lasher for an interview with BooKecCenTric to discuss his latest book and the inspiration behind it.  Enjoy!

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Thank you @JacobLasher for your time today. What's your book about, and what inspired you to write it?
@JacobLasher: Cup of Coffee [published in 2019] is a book of poetry that tells a story from beginning to end, expressing vulnerable feelings of a child who was in an abusive household. I based it off myself and a little dream that I had in which I confront my mother after years of not speaking and discuss the abuse that happened in my childhood. I wrote it because I feel that many people could relate to it. I feel like it's a departure from my first book, More to Life, which is darker than Cup of Coffee. I wanted to show my growth as a person, in my mental health, and my development as a maturing person. I also wanted to show that everyone is a human being. Every person who abuses, who has been abused and so forth...we all are human.

Who is your target audience, and why do you think this book will appeal to them?
@JacobLasher: My target audience? That's an interesting question. People who like poetry or a good story, maybe. Perhaps people who need to read books that they can connect with. More to Life has reached people and touched them. It's a great feeling to give people the feelings other books have given me...hope, understanding, and relief.

What message do you wish to pass across to your readers with this book?
@JacobLasher: To understand your past and to grow stronger from it. Running away from it will only make it worse.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
@JacobLasher: Reliving my past. Some poems featured in the book were written when I was fifteen and still going through abuse.

As a writer, is there anything you've learned about yourself while writing this book?
@JacobLasher: I have gained more perspective and understanding. I think it takes a lot of courage to feel sympathy for people who have hurt you. I'm very proud of myself for that.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books, and why?  
@JacobLasher: It's hard to tell. With poetry, I seem to like ebooks better. With traditional fiction, I do enjoy a paperback. I like to go for a walk (I don't recommend...it's not safe!) and read.

What is your niche genre, and if you were to write in a different genre, what would it be?
@JacobLasher: Poetry. And...hmm...I wish I could write historical fiction! That would be nice!

What books and authors have most influenced you?
@JacobLasher: Cheryl Rainfield! Her book Scars is my favorite of all time. It truly helped me...in more ways than I can explain. I love Jodi Picoult, Ellen Hopkins, Danielle Steel, JK Rowling...the list goes on...and on...and on...

Is there anything you'd like readers to know about you?
@JacobLasher: I am in love with telling stories and I hope you join me on this journey!

Do you have any more books in the works?
@JacobLasher: I'm working on a few! A book titled LUCY. I am so overjoyed with how it's unraveling as each day passes! It's a very warm feeling. Another book titled A Tail I've Never Barked: Poems by a Senior Dog is in the works...which is pretty self explanatory! And others!

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
@JacobLasher: Well I received my first bad one today and it was a lesson to be learned. Not everyone is going to think you're a genius! But as long as you love what you do, that's what matters! :)

What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, Goodreads, etc.)?
@JacobLasher: Instagram, Facebook, Goodreads!

Any additional comments you would like to add?
@JacobLasher: I hope you stay strong and remember to live your best life.

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Jacob Lasher is an untypical poet who is obsessed with dogs, tea, and of course, books!

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