Interview with Pat Silver-Lasky, author of 'Ride the Tiger'


Pat LaskyABOUT PAT SILVER-LASKY

Pat Silver-Lasky wrote as a team with her late husband, the well known Hollywood screen writer and author, Jesse L. Lasky, Jr., son of the film pioneer. Jesse Lasky, Sr.’s company, Jesse Lasky Feature Play Company produced the first full length motion picture in Hollywood, The Squaw Man. Jesse, Jr. wrote 40 films, 8 for C.B. DeMille, including The Ten Commandments, and Samson And Delilah. With Jesse, Pat wrote 4 books (including the American best seller historical novel, The Offer), 8 produced films, nearly 100 produced TV scripts, (including the award winning 'Explorers' series ('Ten Who Dared' in U.S.A.). Their verse play, 'Ghost Town' won several awards in the States. In 1984/6 their TV series, 'Philip Marlowe' won three awards in the USA, and in Holland. Jesse Lasky Jr. died in 1988. Born in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., Pat attended the University of Washington as a Drama Major, Stanford University and Reed College, where she produced and directed their first play. She produced, wrote, directed, and acted (as Barbara Hayden) in the first live TV drama series from Hollywood: 'Mabel's Fables', for KTLA (Paramount), appeared in feature roles in films (Sammy Fuller's The Crimson Kimono) and played leading and co-starring roles on television, and directed for the theatre in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. As an A.S.C.A.P. writer, she wrote lyrics for 14 published and recorded songs, including "While You're Young" for Johnny Mathis's album, "Portrait of Johnny". She wrote the lyrics for two films at Columbia Studios. Pat has lived in London since the early 1960’s and has duel citizenship. In 1987 she and Jesse wrote the play, 'Vivien', based on their book, "Love Scene", the story of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Pat directed its highly acclaimed first production at the Melrose Theatre, Los Angeles, 1987 and directed the London Rehearsed Reading of 'VIVIEN' in 1992. Pat served as a Story Editor on the second MARLOWE series (see credits), has written articles and interviews, contributed to various British antique journals, written short stories for international magazines including a 1999 series of romantic short stories for the magazine, A World of Romance. She has lectured on script writing at several American Universities, was Script Consultant and guest lecturer at the London (International) Film School for eight years until 1999. Her book, SCREENWRITING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY was published for B.T. Batsford Books (Chrysalis Publishing) in March, 2004. To find out more visit her website at : www.Pat Silver-Lasky.com or her blog at: http://pat-silver.blogspot.com

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, (Pat).  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

A: : My life’s a triptych punctuated by celebrities. I’ve been married three times and it has brought me into three different worlds, but always in some area of the creative arts. It has introduced me to the domain of entertainers, entertainment­­­­ - and entertaining. My first husband was singer, Tony Romano. My second Jesse Lasky, Jr. was the son of a film pioneer, whose Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company produced the first full-length motion picture in Hollywood, in 1913. Jesse, Jr. had written 30 films including The Ten Commandments, and Samson And Delilah. As a team we wrote another 10 films, 4 books including American best seller historical novel, The Offer, 8 films, nearly 100 TV scripts, the award winning docudrama, Ten Who Dared, several of The Avengers series, and served as a writers and Story Editors on the Philip Marlowe series. Our verse play, Ghost Town won several awards in the States. In 1987 we wrote the play, Vivien, based on our book, Love Scene, the story of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. the most romantic film couple of the day (think  Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt).
I directed its highly acclaimed production at the Melrose Theatre, Los Angeles, 1987 and directed the London Rehearsed Reading before an audience in 1992.

Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

A: As a one-time actress and writer and part of the international film world, I wanted to tell the story of an actress who gets involved way over her head - with fame, money and sex. I've known many stars and directors personally: Orson Welles, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Sheridan, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and dozens more. I've spent time in Las Vegas with my first husband, singer Tony Romano, and knew Frank Sinatra. Jesse and I wrote a film on location in the Swiss Alps for Omar Sharif. I understand how the industry affects people who give their lives to it. Ride the Tiger was the result. The character, Madelaine Brent is a survivor in the film world, the Las Vegas show-time scene and in the art of love. She wants everything life can offer and doesn't foresee the consequences her actions will have on the men in her life and her beautiful daughter Cathy, who has taken a dangerous path. Maddie's agent once warned her with an ancient Chinese proverb: ‘She who rides the tiger better not dismount.’ Is Maddie about to fall off?  Maddie’s path leads her to a place she didn’t expect because sometimes, everything is too much and somebody gets murdered.

Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

A: After years of experience as a published writer with knowledge of the film world, I wanted Ride The Tiger to be exciting to entertainment insiders and as well as general readers. This is a story for film buffs, thriller fans, and maybe Freudian analysts – although, would it be the characters or me they would analyze? I wanted to test the newest market which is certainly ebooks. So far, reviewers have liked my book so I'm hoping the press will be on my side. That's the biggest challenge: finding a voice in the marketplace.

Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it?  Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

A:Yes. My press kit can be found and down-loaded from: http://patsilver-lasky.com/presskit.pdf
It includes an information about Ride The Tiger an excerpt from the book, my biography and my credits.

Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV?  What are your upcoming plans for doing so?

A: Jesse Lasky, Jr. and I toured and did many TV and radio shows in the States and the U.K. with The Offer (Doubleday, 1982) and also with our biography, Love Scene, for (Crown 1978).

Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

A: Jesse and I were with William Morris in the States many years ago for films and books. In the UK we had a series of excellent agents. I now have an agent in New York for one historical novel (as yet to be discussed) and another in California for a book of 460 letters from Jesse Lasky, Sr. to Jesse Jr., that explores the story of early Hollywood. I didn't submit Ride the Tiger to an agent I wrote it since I moved to Orange Country and wanted to test the new market for eBook readers - which so far, really doesn't interest agents. We're all on a learning curve. We are into the age of  readers on ebooks, Eventually, I would like the book to be filmed. I would happily write the script for a cup of coffee and a smile.

Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?

A: We are now on a virtual ebook tour with PumpUpYourBook to make readers aware that Ride The Tiger will to be available on all eBook formats: Sony Reader Store, Kobo, iPad, Nook, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie for only $2.99. but they can still order the trade paperback from Amazon or Barnes and Noble for $12.95.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

A: Do I stop? Hopefully, I'm going to have $cam$ $cheme$ $cumbag$ out for this Christmas, which I've created with Peter Betts. It’s a light-hearted look at conmen through the ages. I'm also working on a book called Hollywood Hotpot, Little Meals for Big Wheels - My days with the stars. It's a cook and tell story - about people like Jack Lemmon who used to come to our New York apartment to play our baby grand and eat, and Orson Welles who invited me to tea, and Marilyn Monroe for whom I shared a vocal coach - and Stan Laurel who lived next door and seemed to live out of tin cans. There are a few other books still in the brain wave stage.
  
Q: Thank you for your interview, pat silver-lasky. Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?

A: Wikipedia seems to have given me a bit of space. It can   now be ordered from all the ebook websites as well as Amazon.
        BLOG:  pat-silver.blogspot.com
        FACEBOOK; pat.silverlasky
        TWITTER: @PatSilverLasky

Thanks so much for investigating Ride The Tiger. I'll look forward to conversations with my readers. My long ago friend Barbara Taylor Bradford, a busy best seller, just wrote me on facebook that she is going to try to read the book. She felt let down by 50 Shades of Gray.


Ride the tigerABOUT RIDE THE TIGER

Fame, money and sex, that’s what tinsletown is all about. Madelaine Brent wanted them all and she always got everything she wanted. But sometimes everything is too much and somebody gets murdered. Maddie remembered an ancient Chinese proverb her agent told her as a warning, so long ago: ‘She who rides the tiger better not dismount.’ Was she about to fall off? This is the deeply penetrating story of a film star who puts her career and her erotic desires above all else. Madelaine Brent is willing to undergo the tortuous beauty treatments that will keep her on top - a survivor in the film world, the Las Vegas showtime scene and a survivor in the art of love. But Maddie does not foresee the consequences her actions will have on the men in her life: her British film director husband Charles who is devoted to her, the one-night stand she thought she could dismiss, the French film star who fathered her child, the young writer-director she seduced and the actor who holds her spellbound. Her beautiful daughter Cathy, alienated from her mother, has taken a dangerous path that leads to prison. Maddie’s path leads her to a place she didn’t expect - and a trail of murders.
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