Luc Vors is a native Texan with education in Art, Psychology, Biology and Music, and with advanced education in Clinical and Industrial Psychology. He describes himself as “an artist, first, and a scientist, second,” and “obsessed with finding the truly unique.”
“I kind of never stood a chance at being normal,” said Luc, who champions his parents as creative and educated in multiple forms of science, computer engineering and art. “Growing up, I was constantly exposed to creative ways of thinking and seeing things. My father is a computer engineer, known for his inventiveness, and was instrumental in solving several computer programming problems that major industries are still using today. My mother, a potter and a nurse, comes from a long family history of artists and writers… and while they insist that they are boring and mundane, they are both quite weird.”
Growing up, Luc’s parents encouraged him to explore and experiment, whether in science, music, theater or art. As an artist, Luc has applied his talents to a multitude of media, including professional works in photography, graphic design, drawing and painting. And in science, he contributed to academic studies in human consciousness, free will, and creativity theory, furthering the understanding of such hot topics as synchronicity, ecological consciousness, aesthetics, existentialism and the fate versus freewill dichotomy.
Luc is currently working on his books, Tether, and The Prophet, and putting the finishing touches on two board games, Conspiracy and Quadrangles.
Please welcome Luc Vors to Roadie Notes……
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
Seventh or eighth grade, so around 12. It was about a kid who lost her legs in a car accident and a dolphin just died. They used the lower half of the dolphin to replace her legs and she became some kind of Frankensteinian mermaid.
2. How many books have you written?
Two down, ten to go. So far, that is.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
I doubt it. My goal is to do something incredible for each genre, as well as literary fiction and non-fiction. I’m in the pursuit of the truly unique, so my mind is open. At one point, I thought I’d never write a zombie novel, but all these zombie books that are coming out made my mind wonder. Now I have this badass idea. It’s still a zombie book, but with a major twist.
Twists are an absolute must.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
Not married, no kids. And, yeah, my age is somewhere between 32 and 56, depending on whether I’ve worked out in the last few days. My current job is complicated. I do a lot of consulting. Business, marketing, people, research. I really enjoy consumer psychology and how people relate to one another.
I’m still a kid, at heart. My indulgence is Legos, usually the Star Wars and Technic kind. I’m a popcorn moviegoer, and a Pitchman. Yes. I’m not ashamed. Anna Kendrick is as beautiful as she is smart and hilarious… and talented, and precious, and unique, and… Well, you get the picture. She’d be my dream date. I’d take her on a mission to have the goofiest date possible.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Lord! What a question! Where Sleeping Dogs Lie was really fun and complex. I got to put my creativity to the test. Hopefully, people will see it as unique within it’s genre, and qualify it as a piece of creative literary fiction. It has a lot of research in it about PTSD and the addictions.
Tether, however, was more fulfilling than fun. It was a lot of hard work, and took years just to research. I had to learn everything from Buddhism to quantum physics, to neurophysiology and artificial intelligence, to psychology and art history. Did you know Freud, Carl Jung, Einstein, Salvador Dali, and Picasso all hung out together? What a mix. Art, physics and psychology, all in the same room. When time travel gets invented, that’s where I’m going.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
This is going to sound really cocky and superficial, but bear in mind, I’m a popcorn moviegoer who can’t stop creating and gets bored really fast. The answer is no one inspired me to write, and, here we go, I have a confession to make. I’m not a reader. I don’t have the patience. So the ‘what’ part is really the creative process. I have a huge bucket list when it comes to creativity. I want to have a real art show one day, an album of my music, and write the great American novel. Writing was a strategic decision. I can sink my teeth into it, because of the creative process, and should I truly make it in the industry, it can afford me the time to fulfill the others.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I’m not kidding when I say I’m a kid. Legos are the shit; I love a good adventure; and finger painting on a big, fat canvas is straight-up cathartic. The big one is off-roading. My Jeep is a bad boy Transformer, on account of it’s rag top, removable doors, and the fact that it’s got the widest range of customizable features than any other vehicle, and goes anywhere. There is nothing like dominating a trail full of rocks and ridges, or going down a ravine with twenty other Jeeps, and of course, splashing around and doing donuts in the mud. See? Kid.
Aside from that, I’m a traveler and a cruiser. I love the beach and the water.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Yes! I do as little as possible for several days, vedge out in front of the TV, and return to my friends. And off-roading. I go off-roading.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I love going to La Madelaine with a pad of paper and my ear buds. When I wrote Tether, I got the opportunity to go to Hawaii for two weeks. Sitting on the beach or in a straw hut restaurant while writing, was a cliché dream come true.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Yes! I’d write faster, and have a larger toolbox of sentence structures. I still feel like I’m painting with only two colors right now, and I will take a creative writing course when things slow down a bit.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I really do have big dreams. If I had my druthers, I’d have the fame thing, but specifically as an artist of many disciplines.
12. Where do you live?
Not right now, but I’m looking.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Creativity, baby. New ideas.
15. What is coming next for you?
I’m hoping to publish the next two within this same year. Tether: On Fate vs. Freewill and The Prophet: On Love. Then it’s off to leaning more about the craft, and getting to know Logic Pro for mixing music.
16. Where do you get your ideas?
The treadmill, on my bike, hitting the pavement, and when I can’t sleep.
Anything else you would like me to include please feel free to tell me!
Yes. Should you decide to read Where Sleeping Dogs Lie, go back to the beginning and see if you don’t find yourself reading it again. I designed it with a very specific purpose in mind, both in terms of introducing a new style of creative writing, and raising awareness about an important topic.
The novel is a murder mystery, which by nature involves violence, but that’s on the surface. The original title was Where Sleeping Dogs Lie: On Addiction. It is actually a commentary on the psychological roots of violence, sex, substance abuse, and what I term, ‘dysfunctional habits of the mind’. How do you spread awareness about the psychological baseness of human nature? How do you get to the cause of what makes this world so fraught with hate? Answer: Find the angst, and create an artistic statement, one that makes sure the audience doesn’t go to sleep. Then, hit them with a deeply philosophical book on the solution. Tether and The Prophet are those next books, and they are decidedly not violent. Please keep that in mind when deciding to read Where Sleeping Dogs Lie. There’s a whole other story going on, both in the construction of the book and its twists, as well as the story’s undercurrent. People diagnosed with PTSD and any addiction will know what this undercurrent is. I’ve already been approached by several who have read it in it’s entirety, and they are either saying they identify with it, personally, or ask me if my intentions were to write such a deep novel. So, I know the message is being seen. It was, in fact, intentional.
There is a way for us to move to the next stage of human evolution. Mass demonstrations of kindness. Want to protest something? Get mass associations of groups to assemble and carry out what you long for, instead of focusing your energies on fighting. Achieving what you want covers both the desired goal and covers the thing you’re protesting against.
Protests are old school. Get that same crowd to make demonstrations of the desired hope. I think we’re on the cusp of that, because people are getting more and more used to charity and getting involved in a cause. We just need to take that next step.
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Here’s a quote:
“A strengths-based approach is not blind optimism or looking at the world through rose-coloured glasses. We don’t ignore problems, or pretend they don’t exist, but see them within a broader context.”
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