For author Lendy Demetrius, writing is a representation of life. His art truly imitates life, taking readers on a ride through the imagination without ever leaving the realm of possibility. And perhaps that explains why his novels so easily finds an audience: Lendy Demetrius writes life.
Short stories, though, didn’t seem to carry through Lendy Demetrius’ visionary thirsts. In addition to studying the works of his favorite authors and taking countless creative writing courses, he studied the world around him. “To look at it—it’s just a novel but that depends on who is doing the writing. Sometimes, life just doesn’t seem to make sense. Writing is a canvas like a painting, and it is made to inspire individuals,” Lendy recalls. “So to this day, I do my best work on the subway. Not only does the chaos bring me an immense amount of focus; the people are the best source of inspiration.”
Over the years, Lendy explored the themes manifested in the lives of others like him: young minorities evolving in the unique urban landscape that is New York City. Ultimately, he learned how to create lives, on paper, that mirrored their realities—how to make them full, explore their unique conflicts and bring resolution, albeit imperfect, to the lives he wrote. “A couple of years after college, I decided to take a chance and present myself to the world as a professional author. In life, you have to take chances. I also want to see how audiences respond to the stories I tell.”
His first novel, There Could Be Joy and Pain in the Long Run, was released in 2002 by Dorrance Publishing Company, Inc. It developed the multilayered tale of aspiring R&B diva Maxine, whose quest for success and stardom was threatened by an obsessive, violent ex-husband.
Lendy is making his return to the literary scene with the vivid tale of two dynamic women, one Latina and one African American, seeking to find balance between their personal and professional lives without having to sacrifice one for the other. “As minorities, our lives are so diverse,” Lendy says of his style of writing. “I love to bring to light the challenge in not only revealing that diversity, but also synergizing the layers that take us beyond the collective African American or Hispanic experience, to the unique individuality of each character.”
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