Disilgold: What can you tell the Disilgold community about yourself that will explain why Disilgold has sought you for a perSOULnalized interview?
Marc: Honestly, I cannot say exactly why. But I do know that Disilgold is all about the development and uplifting of poetic talent which has illustrated “being there” or seemingly perhaps working hard to get “on their way there”.
Disilgold: What is your latest book about?
Marc:The Looking Heart contains 150 original works of poetry encompassing issues from love and feelings, all the way to acknowledgments (via ode) to famous people. The work is mostly accented with enjoyable flow and spiritual twists.
Disilgold: How long did it take you to complete your book?
Marc:For the independent release, the process covered about 4 months. Regarding the national release; maybe up to 3 months.
Disilgold: What were the happiest moments you have experienced while writing your latest book?
Marc:I think there were several of those; but if I must point out one…it would have been the moment my mother’s face lit up with euphoria when I showed her the completed manuscript.
Disilgold: Describe your writing style?
Marc:It’s hard to capture my style in a box. I like to write free-verse, blank-verse, lyrical, etc. It’s all creative writing. So let me just answer by saying: “LYRICALLY CREATIVE”.
Disilgold: How did you develop your writing style?
Marc:In being a dj, I have to listen to intros, outros, breaks, and at the same time pick up on the beats and rhythm of the song. Being that such is the case, it fuels me to write in a rhythmic fashion.
Disilgold: Do you have a favorite author of all time or someone who inspired you to achieve your goals as a writer?
Marc:I have plenty of favorite authors. But the one who strikes me the most, literally close to home; is my father, Walter Lacy. He has poems published in The American Poetry Anthology and is a very talented creative writer.
Disilgold: Where do you see yourself as a writer ten years from now?
Marc:I’ve honestly not thought that far ahead considering the immediate and near term tussles that a self-published poet-author must go through to constantly prove his worth to a literary society.
Disilgold: What marketing tips can you provide to new authors?
Marc:Travel, travel, travel, and more travel. Attend these major literary events as well as network with other authors in other parts of the country and world. Use online marketing as much as possible. Always believe in God enough to believe and understand that He believes in you. Understand that others simply may not see your work in the same manner in which you see it.
Disilgold: What other projects are you working on?
Marc:Wow. There are several irons in the fire. Just to name a few: 1. In the studio working on “Lost in The City of Poetry” spoken word cd.
w/ Producer Charles Owens – Touchzone Production and Publishing – Huntsville, AL 2. My novel “Wretched Saints” is in “manuscript mode”. 3. Collaborating with Author Shaundale Johnson (“Once Broken, Now Blessed”) of Dallas regarding a theme poetry cd for her book. – Dallas, TX
4. Uniting with Author Rhonda M. Lawson (“Cheatin’ in The Next Room) on a poetic tribute cd track for her new book “Finding Isis” – Baltimore, Maryland
5. Laying down underground spoken word cd tracks for TAZ Studios – Atlanta, GA
6. Recently joined up with Booking Matters Magazine in Atlanta – Shunda Leigh Disilgold:When do you write and for how long?Marc:It just varies. There are no specific times of day or for any specific lengths.
Disilgold: Do you have a favorite location for writing?
Marc:I like sitting in the loft with the tv or music going. Strange, isn’t it? But really, I can write anywhere.
Disilgold: What method did you use to write or organize your book?
Marc:I had taken my poetry that was compiled via electronic notepad, transferred it to word, and had a third party compose the manuscript after I had given them an outline.
Disilgold:What three words best describe your writing style?
Marc:Creative, lyrical, and thought – provoking.
Disilgold: What other hobbies do you pursue when you aren't writing ?
Marc:I love playing basketball and toying around with different musical instruments.
Disilgold: Are there any hidden jewels or talents that you possess that many of your readers may not know?
Marc:My first love has always been free hand sketching.
Disilgold: Where can folks buy your latest book?
Marc:Marclacy.com, Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Cushcity.com, and Cbbooksdistribution.com
Disilgold: Where can folks meet you?Marc:Booksignings, literary events, and certainly online!
Disilgold: What have been some of your toughest obstacles as a writer?
Marc:I guess, at times, being “the new guy in town” and gaining the respect of the vets. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Disilgold: This section of our interview requires brief responses.
The "Get PerSOULnal" Interview
Disilgold: What time do you awake normally every morning?
Marc:I really don’t have a set time. But if I had to “guestimate”, maybe between 6:30 and 7am.
Disilgold: What is your writing fuel in the morning?
Marc:I can’t say because, I can be write all throughout the day.
Disilgold: What early morning rituals have followed for many years?
Marc:Prayer first, sometimes followed by a quick workout, then coffee and breakfast. Disilgold: What are your favorite foods to snack on while writing?
Disilgold: Do you watch television or listen to the radio when you're writing, and if so, what do you watch or listen too mostly?
Marc:I watch tv mostly. I’m into sports and documentaries. So most of the time, I have a game on or A&E, or maybe Discovery.
Disilgold: What is your favorite book of all time?
Marc:Autobiography of Malcolm X
Disilgold: What is your favorite magazine of all time?
Marc:Right On or Ebony!!!
Disilgold: Do you have an exercise regimen to suggest for busy writers?
Marc:I feel one can never do too much cardio or abdominal work.
Disilgold: What is your everyday outfit?
Marc:Different outfits for different days. I wear slacks and a dress shirt to work most of the time. Occasionally I like to wear jeans to the job as well.
Disilgold: What is your pet peeve?
Disilgold: If you could inspire a child, what would you say?
Marc:Trust in God and believe in you!
Disilgold: What is your favorite motto?
Marc:No pain…no gain.
Disilgold: What is your favorite time to put your writing pen down and rest?
Marc:No such time exists for a “mind constantly going Gemini”!!!
Disilgold: Have you traveled anywhere besides your hometown and if so, where?
Marc:New York, LA, Chicago, New Orleans, Dallas, Charlotte, Atlanta, Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery, Louisville, Indianapolis…to name a few.
Disilgold: Where is your dream vacation?
Disilgold: What do you particularly like about the literary world today?
Marc:Poetry and spoken word are on a serious come up. I pray that it receives its long awaited proper due!!!
Disilgold: If you could leave one word of advice to people in general, what would it be?
Marc: "Go after your dreams with the utmost faith and passion"-Poet/Author Marc Lacy
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