Magnificent Man by Randall Lang

About the Author:

Randall Lang grew up in the tough coalfields of southwestern Pennsylvania where nothing comes easy. It is a world of limited opportunity and few roles to follow. Dreams are quickly vanquished in the shadows of necessity and creativity is usually buried beneath an avalanche of cynicism. However, epiphanies come in all shapes, sizes, and in a wide range of locations. In the dark and quiet world of the underground worksite, the stories within him began to take form. Years later, Randall Lang is the author of eight books of erotic stories published by Renaissance E Books, has contributed to two erotic anthologies, and the recently released Magnificent Man, an erotic romance published by Midnight Showcase. Randall’s erotic works include the five volume Trailer Park Nights series and three books of erotic short stories. These are available at http://shop.renebooks.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=120. His newest release, Magnificent Man, is available from Midnight Showcase at http://www.midnightshowcase.com/MagniMan.htm.

Visit Randall’s website, The Worlds of Randall Lang, www.randalllang.com.
Or his blog, The Mind of Randall Lang, www.randalllang.blogspot.com. It’s a strange place to be.
Randall now lives historically on an historic island in Wheeling, West Virginia.


About the Book:

Life has not been easy for former beauty queen Cassandra Taylor. Abandoned by her worthless former husband, she is a single mother struggling to hold a home together for her teen-aged daughter and her mother with health problems. An ad in a Hollywood fan magazine offers her the hope of beginning anew with a more financially secure life and the glamour of Hollywood. She spends her meager savings chasing this dream only to have it dashed by an offer she must refuse. When her car breaks down on a desert highway, it leaves her alone, desperate, and at the mercy of strangers. She is rescued from a life or death encounter by a large, handsome man who rides the desert on a motorcycle. He agrees to take her home, but she is suspicious of him. To her surprise he calls her ‘my lady’ and treats her as if she were a queen and he, her knight escort. It is during this long and convoluted journey of adventure that she finds herself falling deeply in love with Coyote, the spirit rider. Although he resists, he also becomes helplessly in love with her. She quickly comes to realize that she could not survive in the harsh desert world where he is loved and respected, and he could not survive in the modern world that he does not understand and which will not accept his anachronistic ways. They seem doomed, as the sun and the moon, to always be apart even though their love bonds them helplessly to each other. Join Cassandra on the journey of a lifetime with her strange desert knight, her Magnificent Man.


I was lucky enough to get the author to agree to answer some questions. Here is what he had to say:

Could you please tell us a little about your book?


Firstly let me thank you for inviting me here today. Magnificent Man is the story of Cassandra, a desperate single Mother, who takes a chance to better her family’s future. On the way home she is rescued from dangerous thugs by a large, handsome man on a motorcycle. He agrees to take her home after he completes his work at reservations and small villages in the southwest. It is during this journey that she realizes what a special man Coyote is. Coyote and Cassandra resist the ever-growing attraction between them, but ultimately they surrender to their love.


Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?


I am anachronistic by nature. I believe in courtesy, civility, respect, and contributing to society. Many of those values seem to be passé in today’s world. I am a man clinging to what are probably considered outdated ideals. Sound familiar? One of my strongest influences is Don Quixote. That carries through in this book.


Who is your biggest supporter?


I have been blessed with several supporters during the writing of Magnificent Man. One of my strongest is Jane Carver, my editor at Midnight Showcase. Writers talk about editors like they are fire-breathing, gin-swilling monsters who chew up pristine manuscripts and generate vanilla. Jane is such a sweetheart and she greatly improved my work. I must credit Morgan Ashbury also. She has become a friend and she helped me transform Magnificent Man away from erotica and into romance.


What are you currently working on?


In early 2009 I finished two full-length novels and contributed to two erotic anthologies. The muse is tired, the imagination is exhausted, and the fingers are sore. At the moment, I am concentrating on promoting Magnificent Man before moving to another project. I have been asked about a sequel for Magnificent Man, and that is a possibility. There is a strong character named Frank Sancho who has been very well received by readers and may be worthy of his own novel.


Do you have any advice for writers or readers?


I believe that every reader is a potential writer. Readers know what they like and demand a quality product. That has been the inspiration for many readers to become writers. “If you want something done right...”. Well writing is not that easy. It interferes with life and leaves you in a perpetual tug of war between family time and writing time. Once you do generate a product, then you must locate someone to publish it. And finally you must convince someone to buy it. But if you have the drive to actually write something, then set your goal and pursue it.


Is there an author that inspired you to write?


My strongest influence was a man that most people have never heard of. Homer Hickam Jr. is the Author of Rocket Boys, the book that later became the movie October Sky. We share a coal mining heritage and I had occasion to meet his Father and to visit his home town, where the movie takes place. He writes of simple people and their daily lives, but he communicates in such a clear and basic way that reading one of his books creates a flow of images. I had assumed that a writer had to have a PhD in literature and speak five languages before being qualified to write a book. The required reading I had in school forced me to keep a dictionary nearby for the obscure ‘sixteen cylinder’ words that some of those authors used. Homer showed me that a writer could tell a story clearly and smoothly using ordinary language. I have seven of his books but he only has one of mine. I need to catch up.


What do you feel has been your greatest achievement as an author?


To date, Magnificent Man is my greatest accomplishment. I started out writing erotica and continued for about 10 years. I have some GOOD erotica out there. But when I joined the chat loops with other writers, I would remain in the shadows while they discussed writing romance, sci-fi, paranormal, mystery, etc. With the release of Magnificent Man I feel that I have more legitimately joined the community of writers.


What do you feel is your biggest strength?


An absolutely fierce dedication to proper language. Every day I see blatant misuses of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization by published authors. TOO is not the same as TO; DO is not the same as DUE and certainly not DEW; there are apostrophes in contractions and possessives; and, GOD is a proper name. Writers should be held to a higher standard, this is not YAHOO.


Biggest weakness?


A lack of imagination. I am a nuts and bolts guy by nature and I can make a Buick out of tin cans and duct tape. I just do not have the imagination and artistic ability of some of the amazing writers out there.


What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?


The male perspective. The vast majority or romance is written by women. Women like men in kilts, and ballrooms, and castles, and heather on the moor. Magnificent Man is different from that. It’s more rugged and straight forward. One of the lines I use is ,”This is my attempt to show that a straight man can write an emotionally charged romance story without turning it into a Chuck Norris movie.” If she reads this book, she will read romance. If HE picks up the book, he will read action and drama and never see the romance.


If you could go back and change one day, what would it be?


January 10, 1958, I would stop my Father from getting into his car.


What is your favorite past-time?


I have several. I enjoy bicycling, kayaking, and a few I will not discuss. My island allows me to park the car and travel by bicycle.


Is there anything else you would like to share with us?


Just my appreciation and gratitude for inviting me here today.

 

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