Marc Lacy

Viral Xgressions (Transgressions) by Marc Lacy




Viral Xgressions (pronounced “transgressions”) is the second book of the Whiskey House Trilogy whose first book, Curse of the Whiskey House set the tone of the trilogy with a thunderous boom. Viral Xgressions picks right up where its predecessor left off with non- stop action, front to back drama, and “edge of your seat” anticipation of what’s taking place on the next page.


It is no mystery that Lazarus, Alabama truly needs Jesus. But with what went down at the whiskey house last spring, one would never hesitate to ask the question, “Why would Jesus even consider coming to Lazarus…period?” Lazarus Police Department and Hawthorne County Sheriff’s Office had their hands full with the cataclysm at the Hawthorne County Whiskey House. After having to deal with false prophets and violent death, a serious toll was taken on the Lazarus authorities and leadership. So by now all citizens of Lazarus and Hawthorne County definitely know, it’s not just an urban legend. “If you choose to enter the whiskey house, if you should ever come out, then your life will go south.” It doesn’t matter if a person is good natured, has good intentions, or is drama free. Passage through the whiskey house produced a magnitude of tainting in the life of every bold soul who braved its interior.

So welcome to present day Lazarus, Alabama. Back in the spring, if a person did not get murdered, violated, or incarcerated, they were immensely mentally impacted. Or in some regards, they may have been stricken with some sort of physical ailment. Either way, Lazarus and Hawthorne County have limped into the fall. And with severe budget issues, lack of leadership, and open wounds, one would have to assume that there would be many challenging days ahead for the area.

Apparently, most people don’t seem to get it. When things happen in Lazarus, they occur at cataclysmic levels. If it seems like a curse, feels like a curse, and impacts like a curse, it’s probably a curse. However, in this day and age of “viral” occurrences, the last thing Lazarus needs is more transgressions running rampant through the city bearing semblance to that of an incurable virus.


Purchase Viral Xgressions (Fiction Thriller)




Book Reviews for Marc Lacy


Welcome back to Hawthorne County!

“Viral Xgressions is an intense, action-packed thriller which should serve as a warning to society about the aftermath of the willful ignorance of rampant sexual misconduct behavior. Lacy paints a vivid picture of this epidemic, stimulating a rapid turning of the pages.”
~ Travis Hunter, National Bestselling Author/Filmmaker

“Marc Lacy delivers a powerful story that is executed with finesse andmastery of the written word.”
~ Elissa Gabrielle, USA Today recommended, National Best Selling Author and Publisher

“Marc Lacy’s style of writing is exciting and Viral Xgressions is just another example of his wild imagination mixed with dirty south shenanigans. I love it!”
~ Shani Greene-Dowdell, Author of Secrets of a Kept Woman and Never Get Enough

“Viral Xgressions is a gripping good vs evil, supernatural vs reality tale that forces the reader to ask ‘What would I do?’ In this sequel to The Curse of The Whiskey House, Lacy not only illustrates how years of wrongdoing can have dangerous consequences for generations, but he is able to tell the story in such a way that captures today’s issues that are dominating our society.”
~ Michele Thomas, Out On A Limb Bookclub



Intimate Conversation with Author and Poet Marc Lacy

Viral Xgressions (Transgressions) by Marc Lacy


Huntsville’s own Marc Lacy, is a nationally renowned, award winning poet/author/lecturer, and CEO of AVO Publishing, LLC. He has performed all over the country at many national literary events and spoken word venues. Marc is also a reputable fiction writer (Whiskey House Trilogy) as well as a blogger for Marc Lacy Spoken Word, Music, & Writing Fan Page on Facebook. Additionally, Lacy is a columnist for Along with writing and performance, Marc utilizes his wordsmith talent and poetic flair as he facilitates lectures, conducts workshops, and delivers motivational speeches concerning writing, communication, and self-development.

BPM: What made you want to become a writer? How long have you been writing?
I realized I had the knack for it back in grade school and really wanted to explore creative writing. I have been writing on and off for about 20 years.

BPM: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I humbly feel that my evolution in becoming naturally more mature as a person has seeped into my writing. In essence, I now can do a better job seeing and accepting things for what they are, therefore it can reflected in how my characters view things as well.

BPM: Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
In some respects, yes. When you’re able to write testimonials based on how God has moved something within your life, it is easy and natural to write in that manner.

BPM: How has writing impacted your life?
Writing has introduced me to some great people and has afforded me the opportunity to travel abroad.

BPM: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I learned that people tend to categorize you based on what your initial works entailed. In essence, how you’re introduced to them, is how they’re going to remember you.

BPM: How do you find or make time to write?
In working a full time job and being involved in various activities, I simply have to make time. On many occasions, I’d slide out of town to get away from everyone and everything, and just concentrate on writing. Are you a plotter or a pantster? If I have to choose between the two, I’d say that I am a plotter.

BPM: How did you choose the genre you write in?
I believe in being as versatile as possible as a writer. I’ve always been into creative writing and I knew it was a matter of time before I delved into full-fledged fiction. Have you considered writing in another genre? Well, I began my literary career in publishing poetry, but gradually segued to fiction.

BPM: Tell us about your most recent work, Viral Xgressions.
Viral Xgressions, the follow-up to Curse of the Whiskey House is fresh out of the oven. And yes, the Lazarus, Alabama shenanigans continue as mayhem and treachery dominate everything in close proximity to that cursed whiskey house. Available on Nook and Kindle? Right now, it’s available on Kindle…soon to be Nook.

BPM: Give us some insight into your main characters or the speakers.
For my latest publication, the main characters are Rufus, Pierre, Destiny, Bo, and of course Ace. What makes each one so special? In my opinion, the fact that they’re all heavily flawed adds that element of “unexpectedness” to the reader.

BPM: What was your hardest scene to write, the opening or the close?
I’d say the opening because it sets the tone/pace for the remainder of the novel. The reader has to be grabbed initially in order for their attention to be gained.

BPM: Share one specific point in your book that resonated with your present situation or journey.
There is a scene in which very intense protests are going on…which is exactly what many of us see in real life during these very divisive political times.

BPM: Is there a specific place/space/state that you find inspiration in?
I consider myself a “cold” writer meaning I do not necessarily have to be in a certain environment to be inspired. However, if I must pick a space, it would have to be where there’s plenty of culture or just a cultural vibe.

BPM: Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
Being that this is a trilogy (Whiskey House Trilogy), several characters are getting a lot of extended “playing time.” If I engage in writing another trilogy, I think I’d like to focus or contrition or retribution of characters for acts that happened way in the past.

BPM: Do you want each book to stand on its own or do you prefer to write series?

Right now, I am really feeling the “series” vibe.

BPM: Does writing energize you?
Actually sometimes, it does. I honestly cannot state exactly why.

BPM: Do you believe in writer’s block?
I believe in it; but I don’t necessarily get it. I’m a firm believer of “sometimes you’ve got the juice, and sometimes you do not.” That just comes with life. Every day/night of writing will not be exactly the same.

BPM: Do you try to deliver to readers what they want or let the characters guide your writing?
I honestly try to integrate a little bit of both, but mostly the latter.

BPM: Is there one subject you would never write about as an author?
When it comes to my writing, as far as where I am with it now, I will probably never say never. What is it?

BPM: Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others?
I think they are all equally challenging. If it’s a mystery-thriller type book, it’s challenging incorporating love scenes…to me.

BPM: Have you written any other books that are not published?
All of my completed works have been published. However, I do have a couple that are incomplete. Hopefully in the future, I can reveal what they are.

BPM: What projects are you working on at the present?
First priority is to complete the third book of the current trilogy (Whiskey House Trilogy), The Ghost of Ace Honeycutt. Outside of that, I will continue blogging, writing articles for online publications, and occasionally performing spoken word.

BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
IG: marc_lacy
Twitter: marc_lacy
Linkedin: (search) Marc Lacy

Facebook fan page: Marc Lacy Spoken Word, Music, and Writing



Purchase Viral Xgressions (Transgressions Fiction Thriller) by Marc Lacy
Fiction Thriller filled with Tainted Souls, Hacked Spirits, Wretched Deals, and Flatlines



Purchase Curse of the Whiskey House (Whiskey House Trilogy)




Intimate Conversation about Book 1: Curse of the Whiskey House


BPM: Could you tell us something about your most recent work? Is this book available on Nook and Kindle?
Curse of the Whiskey House is my latest and greatest work. It is action-packed, suspenseful, and intense, with a twist of paranormal added to it. Curse of the Whiskey House is available on Kindle now. It will be available on Nook in the very near future.


BPM: Give us some insight into your main characters or speakers. What makes each one so special?

I actually have a second narrator who is part omniscient and part character.  However he has no interaction with the other characters. His name is Rufus McClendon. He is an old Buffalo Soldier reject still roaming around  the woods of Hawthorne County. What makes him unique is that he is a drunkard; but he actually knows what he is talking about. Another main character is the Reverend Jackson R. Jones. He pastors the biggest black church in Central, AL;  but he is also the owner of The Hawthorne County Whiskey House. Many citizens of  Lazarus, Alabama are uncomfortable with that combination.


BPM: What inspired you to sit down and actually start writing this book? Why now?

Some years ago, I began doing daily flash fiction stories in one of my Facebook groups. Once I got into a good groove, my supporters encouraged me to convert the stories into a full-fledged fiction novel. So, from concept to actual birth, the entire span of time was four years. That is how long it took.

BPM: Where do your book ideas come from? Are your books plot-driven or character-driven? Why?

I do not have one particular source of inspiration when writing fiction. However I do like to take societal issues, flip them, and turn them into a colorful piece of literature. Although my characters tend to have a very heavy influence on the plot, I’d like to say that I am an author who thinks “plot first.”  Reason being, in writing a trilogy, you’ve got to make sure that you have a common denominator within all three publications. So for the Whiskey House Trilogy, the plot is the tie that binds the books together.

BPM: Are there under-represented groups or ideas featured in your book? If so, discuss them.

Curse of the Whiskey House covers a lot of things; of which, one of them is the gun law debate. Various characters in different scenarios have a licensed weapon; but bring to the reader’s attention, the fact that the way of life in Lazarus can and will be affected by gun laws. They also go on to imply, that if the issue does not get regulated, there will be hell to pay.

BPM: How does your book relate to your present situation, education, spiritual practice or journey?

The book actually does not relate to my situation, education, or spiritual practice. But it does paint a picture of how challenging things can be if people let controllable problems fester into impossible hurdles.


BPM: Did you learn anything personal from writing your book?

My knowledge came from indirect research for my book. Through various forums, I met several people who experienced what many characters experienced (at one point or another in their life). Their actions now, and the manner in which they carry themselves (per what they experienced), helped me to assign various traits to certain characters.

BPM: What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

My main goal was to show how jacked up people will let situations get, then play the blame game for an escape instead of addressing the real problems. I feel Curse of the Whiskey House accomplishes this goal in a thunderous fashion.

BPM: What projects are you working on at the present?

One project I am working on is Viral Xgressions, the second book of the trilogy.  Other than that, I am back in the studio writing and recording more spoken word tracks.

BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work? Share all of your social media links.

Curse of the Whiskey House: When Life is the Principle and Death is the Practice 


Whiskey House Trilogy Book 1  by Marc Lacy
Download Link:






Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *