Author Answer’s – Oliver Lafont

I am super excited and honored to have the very articulate, very kind and very handsome Oliver Lafont on my blog today. His thoughts and words just flow and if you find me blabbering, its because I am.

You see I am big fan! When I was asked to review his first book, I could not believe the text on my screen and promptly thought it to be a prank or hoax. It was after the second mail and actually reading up on Oliver I realized he was not only an actor but a writer for real as well!!

Warrior made me appreciate his writing but it was after reading Sweet Revenge that I truly realized the versatility and talent of Oliver’s writing. Without any more gushing, over to the man in question as he shares many wonderful insights about his writing and books.

 1. Diverse genres, many professions and one person but how do you bring it all together? 

        With focus and determination, but it all starts with passion. I feel passionately about all the things I do, so that certainly helps to sustain interest in a variety of pursuits.

2. All three books you have written; Warrior, Purgatory: Gun of God and Sweet Revenge are as different as can be but which is your most favourite book/genre? Why?

        I’m most attracted to fantasy, since it incorporates all the thematic and formal elements that excite me most. The premise of all fantasy is the theme of heroism — you pick up fantasy expecting a heroic quest. Granted, heroism is the premise of many other genres, so fantasy requires another essential component: magic, the idea that magic exists. There is also another formal element, tentatively, that has historically been associated with fantasy: a setting in the distinct past (often resembling medieval Europe). I say tentative because, for example, I’ve read a great fantasy series that has the heroism theme, a medieval-inspired setting, but no magic. For me, however, fantasy requires magic, that’s what I like to read and like to write.

3.How much of the book Sweet Revenge is influenced by your roots and multi cultural heritage?

        The hero Guy Leguerec is French, so that’s obviously a reflection of my own heritage. The settings are America and France, which are two of three cultures I grew up with. Since I grew up with several cultures and languages, I think I wrote from that view of the world, that people from different cultures mix very comfortably, and the relationships may be partially structured by culture but are fundamentally a meeting of two individuals. And that love is also the union of two human beings who reflect the best of themselves back to each other, culturally as well as  in terms of personality.

4. What inspires you to write and do you have a writing routine ?

        I believe that a balance of artistic input and artistic output is healthy. Whatever I experience, the books I read, the films I watch, the music I listen to, the conversations I have, all of that is artistic input. I think that gathers somewhere inside me, and is processed by who I am intrinsically. And then from that pool comes my artistic output. So my inspiration comes, ultimately, from my experience of life.
        Since I have several professions, my schedule doesn’t have a permanent structure. I can go long periods without writing, for example when I’m shooting. I tend to write in phases, therefore, when I’m on a particular project. When that’s the case I write as much as possible for as long as possible. Once again, due to my unpredictable schedule, that can be a couple of hours or it can be morning to night. What’s most important, I think, in terms of writing discipline/routine is to write in sequence as much as possible, and try not to break up the writing flow.

5. Give us three “”Good to Know”” facts about you. Be creative. “

1. I’m an information junkie, I love to research and find out things. History, geography, physics, people… And it all feeds back into my art.

2. I have a thing for patisserie. When people ask me if I have a sweet tooth I always have the thought that I have a full set of 32.

3. I’m a UFC fan, it’s one of my favourite sports today. Although it may seem extremely violent, I consider it one of the purest forms of competitive spirit there is.

Thank you so much for this candid conversation Oliver, I learnt so much about discipline, drive and determination. I wish you loads of success in all your future endeavors. Hope the next book is simmering – I am waiting eagerly for your books. 🙂 

Here are the book details ……

Sweet Revenge 
Olivier Lafont 



If revenge was a dish best served cold, then French Adonis Guy Leguerec knew exactly what to serve treacherous and desirable Eve Watson… 

Seven years after Louisiana, where Eve devastated his heart and ruthlessly wiped out his future, Guy finds her in Boston opening her first art showing. Now a wealthy and powerful shipping magnate, Guy lures Eve into his trap of seduction and opulence, intent on one thing only: getting revenge for her crimes. 

When American artist Eve Watson sees the only man she ever loved enter the art gallery, and re-enter her life, she feels helpless terror and frenzied desire. Seven years ago Guy Leguerec had seduced her heart, exploited her body, and then discarded her. Against her better judgment she accepts his invitation, and once again they spiral into a maelstrom of irresistible passion, divinely rampant sex, and the brutal politics of unknown intentions… 

Violently sundered by their volatile misconceptions, Eve flees Boston in emotional tatters, and Guy grudgingly lets her vanish, his revenge thwarted. 

But destiny has planned otherwise: Eve has taken an art job in Paris, ignorant of the fact that the company is one of many subsidiary businesses belonging to Guy. Flung together again in an even more precarious position, Eve and Guy must war with each other and themselves, and confront seven years of misapprehension and malign manipulation. Greed, family vendetta, and deception have eaten away at the intimacy they once shared — 

But is the truth enough to save their desperate, shipwrecked love? 

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About The Author 

Olivier Lafont is a French author, screenplay writer, and actor. His novel ‘Warrior’ was published by Penguin Random House, and was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize. He has just released his new contemporary romance novel ‘Sweet Revenge’ exclusively on Kindle. ‘Purgatory: The Gun of God’ is a fantasy novelette published in South Africa. 

Lafont has written a number of feature film scripts before. The first film he wrote opened at the Toronto Film Festival and went on to win seven awards at film festivals worldwide. 

As an actor Lafont has acted in Hollywood and Indian films, in TV serials, and in over 80 television commercials. He acted in ‘3 Idiots’, one of India’s all-time blockbuster hits, the critically-acclaimed ‘Guzaarish’, and the Lifetime film ‘Baby Sellers’, amongst other films. 

Lafont graduated with two degrees in acting and writing from Colgate University, USA, with academic distinction.

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