Interview with Eiko La Boria, author The Fame Shame Game: The Debut


Publisher: Classified Imagination

Publish Date: February 1, 2012

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: “In the sex war, thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female” The Unquiet Grave, Palinurus (1944)

The restless spirits of Hollywood are creating their usual brand of mischief when they take special notice of new arrival, aspiring movie star, Lana De Luna, who has a face and body created for sex and an overpowering voice in her head that beckons her to take no prisoners–in vain, she tries to subdue the voice as it urges her to have but one goal, make it to the top of Hollywood by any means necessary–instead she falls in love with the callous and handsome rake, Morton Cay, who reduces her to shambles, thrusting Lana to finally heed the echoing almighty voice and transform into the most ruthless player in the game–looming souls laud her new ambition–bringing Morton Cay and all of her detractors to their grimy knees!


Interview: Q . Hi Eiko! Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

A: Hello! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your world and to Ann-Marie Nieves for facilitating this.

I think a fun fact about me is that I am a relative of Juan Boria. Juan Boria is not well-known in the U.S., but he is endearingly remembered by many in the Latin community. He was a popular Puerto Rican poet that traveled throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He was known as the Pharaoh of Black Verse in the Caribbean. He gave the Afro-Caribbean community on the islands of Puerto Rico, Cuba, and New York City a distinct voice, which was on the brink of liberation. Upon his death, Puerto Rico declared three days of mourning and all government agencies and most businesses were closed for subsequent days. What a nearly impossible feat, to be able to capture the hearts of a people, so as to give an appropriate period of mourning and reverence. I think I am a bit, just a bit, like him, in that, there is sense of poetry in all of my stories. In The Fame Shame Game: The Debut, Lana De Luna is plagued by an inner voice, Paolo, that haunts her and encourages her to become a callous unforgiving player. Paolo only speaks to her in a poetic rhyming verses and has a deep captive hold on Lana.

Q. Tell us a bit more about your book, The Fame Shame Game: The Debut.

A: The Fame Shame Game: The Debut is an illustrated erotic parody which was inspired by a plethora of characters that I encountered when I was doing the film festival circuit a few years ago.  After it was all said and done, at the end of the day, The Fame Shame Game is a love story...a very twisted, sex-drenched, ruthlessly funny...love story.

The restless spirits of Hollywood are creating their usual brand of mischief when they take special notice of the newly arrived Lana De Luna, an aspiring movie star. Lana has a face and body created for sex and an overpowering voice in her head that beckons her to take no prisoners–in vain, she tries to subdue the voice as it urges her to have but one goal, make it to the top of Hollywood by any means necessary–instead she falls in love with the callous and handsome rake, Morton Cay, who reduces her to shambles, thrusting Lana to finally heed the echoing almighty voice and transform into the most ruthless player in the game–looming souls laud her new ambition–bringing Morton Cay and all of her detractors to their grimy knees!

Q. Do you have any writing rituals?

A: There are some, I don’t like to share too much about my rituals, but I will say that I develop about 90% of my stories while I’m standing and walking. I have to feel the earth beneath my feet, I’m almost on guard, as a lot of the times I’m not prepared for what my mind may conjure and tend to be in a defensive mood. I can’t be on defense, as I sit. I also walk alongside water for hours, developing a story from beginning to end.

Q. Are you currently working on any new books/short stories – anything you can share with us?

A: Thank you for asking this question, because my second book is completely different than The Fame Shame Game. It’s an illustrated story that follows a group of children that survive the 2004 school siege in Beslan, Russia by Chechen rebels that left over 150 children dead. Although the story itself is fiction, it’s inspired by a true event.

Q. Who are some of your favorite authors?

A. For inspiration, I like to read more from my predecessors than I do my contemporaries, but that’s just because I can’t get enough of Greek and Roman writers, scholars, philosophers, and Cesars. I enjoy reading, Plutarch, Marcus Aurelius, and Aristotle. I’m fond of Ernest Hemingway, Stan Lee, and Jacqueline Susann, to name a few.

Q. Do you make a music playlist to listen to while writing a particular book/story?

A. I currently do not have a playlist to play, although I will note that-sounds like a cool thing to do. I do hear a beat or a rhythm to the story that propels it forward and keeps it moving. These beats did lead me to write and produce three original songs to the book. The Rodeo Show is available in many music havens, including iTunes and Amazon. The best part was envisioning legendary Old Hollywood Movie Stars singing these tunes, like they did back in the good old days. I then translated that imaginative visual magic unto the pages of The Fame Shame Game. You can always learn more at www.classifiedimagination.com. Let’s be friends and followers at: www.twitter.com/eikolaboria. If you like anything that you’ve read or seen then please “Like” me at: www.facebook.com/AuthorEikoLaBoria 

Author Bio: Eiko La Boria was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. She was named after the character, Eiko Tanaka in director Sydney Pollack's The Yakuza. She studied writing under the mentor-ship of Professor Jamal Joseph at Columbia University, New York City. She is a relative of the Puerto Rican poet, Juan Boria. The Fame Shame Game: The Debut is her debut novel. Her favorite quote is from Albert Einstein: "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

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