Laura Lascaro plays today!
- If you could become a full-time university student without worrying about future career prospects, what would you major in? Definitely film. I love books, but I love movies more. My dream is to one day have one of my books translated to film and hang out on set all throughout the filming.
- If one of your characters sent something in to PostSecret, what would it be? Berlin, a closeted high school football player, would probably come out as gay, and Hiro would probably admit that a part of him is still in love with his abusive ex.
- Who are your favorite visual artists and why? I have a lot of favorites, but I think my absolute favorite is Caravaggio because of his mastery of light and shadows and his ability to make truly grotesque scenes, beautiful.
- Say you met your all-time favorite celebrity, would you play it cool? Or would you utterly humiliate yourself? I’d probably play it cool. I’m kind of standoffish in general, so I’d probably just observe them in their natural habitat. You can tell a lot by a person by the way they act when they think no one is paying attention.
- Describe your dream house. A shack on the beach with running water and lightning fast internet.
- One of your characters buys flowers for another. What kind? Sunflowers, but Berlin would pick them, not buy them.
- You’re being transported to the Middle Ages and can take with you a single piece of modern technology. What do you choose? Birth control.
Book blurb: High school junior Berlin Webber is about to reap the fruits of his hard work and land a football scholarship—if he can keep his sexuality a secret from his best friend, Trent, and their homophobic coach. Then Hiroku Hayashi swerves into the high school parking lot on his tricked-out motorcycle like some sexy comic book villain, and Berlin knows he doesn’t stand a chance.
Hiroku is fleeing his sophisticated urban scene to recover from drug addiction and an abusive relationship when he arrives in Berlin’s small Texas ranch town. Initially sarcastic and aloof, Hiroku finds in Berlin a steady, supportive friend who soon becomes more. As Hiroku and Berlin’s romance blossoms, they take greater risks to be together. But when a horrific act of violence tears them apart, they both must look bigotry in the face. While Berlin has always turned to his faith for strength, Hiroku dives into increasingly dangerous ways of coping, pushing them in opposite directions just when they need each other most.
Two very different young men search for the bravery to be true to themselves, the courage to heal, and the strength to go on when things seem darkest. But is it enough to bring them back together?
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Author bio: Laura Lascarso wants you to stay up way past your bedtime reading her stories. She aims to inspire more questions than answers in her fiction and believes in the power of storytelling to heal and transform a society. When not writing, Laura can be found screaming “finish” on the soccer fields, re-watching Veronica Mars, and trying to convince politicians that climate change is real. She lives in North Florida with her darling husband and two kids. She loves hearing from readers, and she’d be delighted to hear from you.
- Website: lauralascarso.com
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