It would be easy to say that Ted Lazaris has led a charmed life; but the fact is that, along with some amazing bits of luck, Ted's considerable success is due to a lot of plain, hard work.
"I've worn a lot of different hats," says Ted when asked about his experiences. "I've worked in retail sales, the medical field as an anaesthesia technician, in the printing industry, and I have even owned my own business, among other things."
But the "hat" that Ted enjoys best is that of a novelist. "I like to think of my books as modern day fables for the young and the young at heart", he says about "Dragon Man, The Adventures of Luke Starr" and "Dragon Man and the Poseidon Encounter", his two published novels.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ted grew up playing in the woods near his home. By his own admission, he wasn't too interested in reading when he was a boy. "I was the kind of kid that spent as much time as I could outside," he explains. "Nevertheless, I did enjoy reading Dickens and Twain," he adds.
When asked about the source of inspiration for his books and about his fertile imagination, Lazaris responds that both his writing and his ideas probably had their roots in an event that happened during his early childhood.
"I was 8 years old," he recounted, "and, being a boy that loved to play in the woods, I climbed a very tall tree. Somehow I lost my grip and I fell. During the fall, it seemed to me that time was suddenly suspended—as if it had come to halt. I saw a bright light and a voice that seemed to emanate from it that assured me I was not going to die."
That singular experience imbued in him wonderment at the unseen and undiscovered mysteries of life.
Ted's life again gave signs of apparently being charmed when at 17, while disposing of cardboard in an incinerator, shotgun shells that had been inadvertently thrown into the fire went off with a terrific blast, spraying pellets and shrapnel in every direction.
"They told me I should have been killed in the blast," Ted remembered. Yet, it was evident that something or someone was working overtime to protect him and inform him of important happenings in his life because some years later another incident signalled that another important event was going to happen.
His life had followed an apparently normal course for Ted: he got a job, he married and had children; but then, one day, when he was 27, he suddenly woke in the middle of the night. Again he saw a blindingly bright light before him. "What's wrong," his wife asked, alarmed by the way he'd sat up.
"Someone in our family has just died," he responded. The next day, a phone call informed him of the very sad news: his aunt, with whom he had been very close, had died. But the most astounding part was that she had died on the night, and at the very same time that Ted had awaken to see the blinding shaft of light.
That wasn't the last time Ted had such an amazing experience. A couple of years later, as he was driving in downtown Milwaukee accompanied by his wife, the image of his wife's younger brother suddenly appeared before him. Shaken by the sight, Ted had to pull over to the curb.
"What's wrong, Ted?" his wife asked.
"We'd better go to your mother's house," he answered quietly.
Upon arrival at his mother-in-law's home, Ted and his wife were informed that her younger brother had died of a gunshot wound.
The years after that occurrence passed uneventfully. Ted worked at various jobs and he and his wife went about the chores of any normal family: raising kids, working diligently, buying a home.
Yet, once in a while, strange things would happen. "One day," Ted remembers, "I saw a white feather falling from the sky. It fell right in front of me. My mother had recently had surgery; I suddenly had the intuition that something had happened to her." He said to his wife, "I think my mother has just died." And, in fact, it was true: his mother had just passed away.
Ted's incredible luck and extraordinary intuitions might have remained just a curiosity in his life but for the fact that one day, while out shopping, he was drawn to a book he saw on the shelf of a store. It was L. Ron Hubbard's "Scientology: A New Slant on Life".
Giving in to a compulsion to buy it, he took it home and placed it on his nightstand; "But," he recalls, "I did not open it or attempt to read it."
Then, during the nights of the following days, he began to experience unusual flows of perspiration, as if he were racked by anxiety. As if to relieve an unexplainable impulse he began to write. The result was the first of his two marvelous Dragon Man fables.
"The strange thing about this is," he says musingly, "I never aspired to become a novelist." Yet, as they say, the rest is history because Ted Lazaris is now the proud author of not only one, but two refreshingly entertaining books which have been not only well received but have been optioned by executive producer Mario Domina, President of Thunderball Films, who will develop screenplays from the published works as a Feature Franchise.
Ted Lazaris has promised his readers that he will continue to develop the series. He knows his public so there will be more "good fun" in future books which will feature, as he as said, fast-paced adventures in which his hero, Dragon Man, faces the malevolent forces in the eternal, epic struggle between right and wrong, good and evil.
Ted said that after he had finished his second novel, he had finally begun to read the L. Ron Hubbard book. It will be interesting to see what effect, if any, that has on Ted Lazaris' amazing and eventful life and writing career.
Short Video: DragonMan http://dragonman.tv/dragon.swf
Book 3 in the series coming soon.
The War to End All Wars Came Swiftly From East of the Dawn
A series of savage and brutal murders is taking place by a killer that might not be human. Where did it come from? How did it get here? And how can it be stopped?
The Order Of The Circle Of Light, a secret brotherhood first discovered this baffling mix of man and God, in 1970. Now this Son of God, or Satan is about to proclaim its divinity, through a ritualistic series of slayings. It’s goal; wage war one last time to determine who shall rule Heaven and Earth. To the victor goes the cherished prize … mankind.
In the bloody heroic days in the aftermath of the war to determine mankind’s fate, blood red flames, smoke and dust soar high into the grim night sky above two armies as they engage in mortal combat.
One hopes and prays they will survive the night, retaining dominion over their own world. While the other will wage war in ways mankind can scarcely imagine, in a gruesome fight to end all life on Earth.
Not only weaponry and blind fear will march into battle on December 24TH. There will be hope and faith. There will be friendships. There will be undying love. But far more than our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters will fall on the bitter cold December battlegrounds to determine mankind’s destiny; shattered dreams, innocence lost, and the very essence of the human spirit will also become casualties of war, the war to end all wars.
Can DragonMan figure out whom this mysterious being really is and stop this relentless threat to mankind? Only time will tell.
Page One News
The Adventures of Luke Starr
DragonMan Chased, Caught
FWO-Int'l member goes to Hollywood
By IN House Staff
On with the chase!
Freelance Writing Organization International (FWO-Int'l) member Ted Lazaris, with the help of InkTip, has had his DragonMan series picked up for the big screen.
The published novels and screenplays were exclusively optioned by executive producer Mario Domina and his company, ThunderBall Films, through a co-production agreement with creator/writer/author Lazaris and his production start-up, DragonMan Productions.
ThunderBall, as a company, continues to actively seek additional co-production, co-financing and distribution partners for this project. Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can visit Ted at www.dragonman.tv