Joseph Lewis interview
A little introduction:
After having been in education for forty-six years as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator, Joseph Lewis has semi-retired and now works part-time as an online learning facilitator. He uses his psychology and counseling background to craft thriller/crime/detective mysteries, and has taken creative writing and screen writing courses at UCLA and USC.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Lewis has been happily married to his wife, Kim. Together they have three wonderful children: Wil (deceased July 2014), Hannah, and Emily. He and his wife now reside in Virginia.
When did your love of books begin?
I’ve always been an avid reader, and I remember my father giving me a book shelf where I proudly housed my books. Earliest age I remember was seven or eight. The first book that captured me was Seminole. I can’t remember the author and I don’t even know if the book is in print any longer, but I was fascinated by that culture and the history, as well as the story. I poured through it.
When did you start to have the wish to become an author?
In sixth grade, my teacher would create story starters on a note card consisting of 3 or 4 paragraphs. The idea was that if we were done with a test or with our seat work, we could take a story starter from her desk and finish the story. No credit was involved, but she read them and gave us feedback. Every chance I could, I’d write a story. That was when the bug first bit me.
How have you found the process for becoming an author?
It can be a struggle. I have to balance the time for my part-time work, time with my wife, and time for writing. Generally, I give myself two hours each day for writing. Sometimes longer, sometimes shorter. But I write in the middle of chaos. I sit at the kitchen table with the TV going, the dogs playing, and my wife speaking to me. I cannot write in solitary confinement, unless I am working on a particularly tricky passage or intense editing. Then I wander off to be by myself. I just find this system works for me, but I realize it may not be for everyone.
What would you say to those wanting to become an author?
Keep at it! Do yourself a favor and do an Internet search for authors who have been rejected. You’d be amazed at the published authors and the celebrity of them who have been rejected multiple times. Don’t quit. If you want it bad enough, write. Lastly, read. Like Stephen King says, if you don’t read, you won’t have the tools to write.
Tell us about your book/books:
Lewis has published eight books, all available on Amazon and each to excellent reviews: Taking Lives (May 2021) the prequel to the Lives Trilogy; Stolen Lives (May 2021) Book One of the Lives Trilogy is a BestThrillers 1st Place Award Winner for Crime Fiction, and a Literary Titan Gold Book Award Winner; Shattered Lives (May 2021) Book Two of the Trilogy; and Splintered Lives (May 2021) Book Three of the Trilogy (May 2021); Caught in a Web (April 2018), which was a PenCraft Literary Award Winner for Crime Fiction and named “One of the Best Crime Fiction Thrillers of 2018!” by Best Thrillers; Spiral Into Darkness (January 2019), which was named a Recommended Read by Author’s Favorites; Betrayed November 2020 is a Top Shelf Award Winner: 1st Place Fiction-Mystery; Runner-Up Fiction-Crime; PenCraft Award 1st Place Winner, Maxy Award Runner-Up for Mystery-Suspense, a Literary Titan Silver Book Award Winner, and a Reader’s Favorite 5 Star Rating Winner; Blaze In, Blaze Out January 2022 has already won a Literary Titan Gold Book Award, A Reader’s Favorite Recommended Read, and was an Editor’s Pick by BestThrillers.com . Lewis has another thriller-crime-mystery, Fan Mail hitting the market March 30, 2023.
My books have a dual storyline traveling through them. One is a taut thriller-crime-mystery, and the other is the drama surrounding a patchwork group of adopted boys, each carrying heavy baggage that most might wilt under. If you like depth in a story rather than just bullets and car chases, check out my books.
What do you love about the writing/reading community?
The support, the camaraderie. Knowing that others are doing it too, and have the same success (by and large) and the same struggles as I have.
If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?
Authors, me included, appreciate reviews and ratings. It’s our feedback on what we wrote and how it set with you. Know that any book by any author took nine months to a year from idea conception to publication, and it is the author’s heart on his/her sleeve. While the book begins with the writer, it ends with the reader, because each reader has his or her own expectations and experiences they bring to the book.
Where can people connect with you?
Author Website at https://www.jrlewisauthor.blog
Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/jrlewisauthor
Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Joseph.Lewis.Author
Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Lewis/e/B01FWB9AOI /
Blog at: https://www.simplethoughtsfromacomplicatedmindsortof.com
Thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed. I hope folks enjoy it.ReplyDelete