Lee Todd Lacks seeks to blur the distinctions between rants, chants, anecdotes, and anthems. He is one of the friendliest and kindest people I know, he has a great sense of humor and loves his family very very much. I had the honor of getting to know him while working on his release party. I highly recommend you send him a friend request and read his book!
Please help we welcome Lee Todd Lacks to Roadie Notes…..
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
2. How many books have you written?
Two, counting Trixie and June. My first book, entitled Underneath, was released by Fermata Publishing in 2016.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
While spanking is but one of many manifestations of BDSM, I’ve never been motivated to write about any of the others. Writing about (or engaging in) BDSM is like shopping at Wal-Mart. Some folks spend hours going through every department, while others are content to find a nice, rawhide belt or a heavy wooden spoon.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am 49 years old, married with children. My wife supports and encourages my literary pursuits. 🙂 In addition to writing and performing, I am a certified music therapist.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Trixie and June!
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I was fortunate to have some really great elementary and secondary school English teachers, who encouraged me to write poems and short stories. My 7th grade English teacher also deserves credit for sparking my interest in spanking, due to the frequency with which she discussed the subject in class, going so far as to name specific students who would likely benefit from said form of correction!
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I like to play and listen to all types of music, eat and cook all types of food, and watch football (my wife and I are huge Patriots fans 🙂
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I write and draw at my computer desk, which sits in the corner of our master bedroom. I prefer quiet when I work. Due to the fact that I contend with low vision, I use screen magnification software, which I usually set to 500% with inverted color contrast. I also use an adjustable desktop mount for my monitor, so that I can put it right up to my face.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
The extent to which I constantly question my choice of words.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I’d love to be a famous writer. or a famous musician. Quite honestly, I’d love to do anything that Laurie Anderson does, half as well as she does it!
12. Where do you live?
South Portland, Maine
Yes. We have a dog named Eliot and a Chinese dwarf hamster named Misako.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I love the idea of creating previously nonexistent worlds, and developing characters until they take on lives of their own.
15. What is coming next for you?
I’m not sure. I hope I haven’t exhausted all of my naughty scenarios just yet. 🙂 I do feel like I need to begin another recording project; perhaps something that incorporates electronic music and spoken word. However, my secret ambition is to stage a production of my play entitled “Nothing Between Sisters,” which appears in Trixie and June. Anyone who feels inclined to obtain my book should consider this an open casting call!
16. Please tell us a little about your book! We really want to know where the idea came from.
Since I don’t have any sisters, I’ve always regarded females as sensuous alien beings with a higher emotional intelligence than that of most males. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten past this preconceived notion, and so, I decided to begin a story about two adult sisters named Trixie and June. As a native New Englander, I set the story in Bangor, Maine, and since I’ve always been a bit nostalgic, I chose the early 1960’s as my timeframe. I began by drawing an illustration, entitled “Sans Culotte,” a version of which can be seen on the front cover of the book. This drawing led me to a write a short story entitled “Stocking Feet,” which begins with the two sisters flipping through an old scrapbook, and concludes with Trixie recalling a painfully memorable evening when their father reacquainted them both with the strap for breaking curfew. As I was writing the dialogue for this story, I tried to imagine what adult sisters might discuss in private, but since I have no actual frame of reference, my imagination ran wild! I liken the experience to that of a precocious younger sibling who eavesdrops on his older siblings’ conversations – alternately putting his ear to the door and peering through the keyhole. Upon finishing “Stocking Feet,” I shared the story with one of my cousins, who encouraged me to develop it further. Recognizing the emotional impact of Trixie and June’s dialogue, I decided to continue the story in the form of a script. I began writing the play, entitled “Nothing Between Sisters,” almost a year ago, and it ultimately became the centerpiece of the book. The play reflects my preconceived notions regarding sisters and the way in which they relate to one another. I imagined Trixie and June talking about scandalous romances, memorable spankings, cumbersome underwear, bouts of stomach flu, and any number of other indelicate topics. I imagined them engaging in emotional blackmail while remaining highly protective of one another. I imagined a time when some women believed that they were never too old to go over their parents’ knees, and older siblings functioned as surrogate disciplinarians; a time when the Catholic Church endorsed the use of corporal punishment, and people who chose to entertain alternative beliefs were subject to intense persecution. Some might argue that this historical context seems absurdly gratuitous, but it is my hope that Trixie and June resonates with those who seek to reconcile their gluttony for punishment with their faith-based upbringings.
Thank you very much for inviting me to share these thoughts, Becky!
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(a review of my first book, entitled Underneath, which appeared in Gold Dust Magazine)
Some of Lee Todd Lacks’ books: