JULY 11, 2018
Here’s a great interview with a Book Reviewer – Vickie Drane March 21st. http://www.artistfirst2.com/ArtistFirst_Vicki_Drane_2017-03-22.mp3
Author Interview with Emily Lewis – Book Blogger: The following is an excerpt of an author interview I did with Emily Lewis, a top 1% Goodreads reviewer and Book Blogger. Read the full interview at http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.ca/
Q. What inspires your writing?
A. Hmm… Pent up energy. I know that this sounds cliché, but I love telling stories. I love a good movie or a great song with a hook or awesome chorus. When I feel the greatness in something, it inspires me and I will often sit down and write a really good scene or chapter. On the flip side, I love a good fire and a glass of red wine. When all of the above happen in the same evening, look out.
Q. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
A. You get to take yourself to places and I mean high stakes places that you hopefully will never get to, but can live through your characters. I like how people are interested in what you do. People like writers. You can write anywhere. South Pole, Mexico, Paris, bring it on.
Q. What is the toughest part of being a writer?
A. Not having enough time in the day to do what you love. But I believe that if you write a really great book, you will be successful…
Q. If you could not be writer, what would you do/be?
A. I would do what I am doing right now in my lifelong career. I am a real estate broker. I like what I do. Writing is my escape. I am both. Having my own fishing show would also be pretty cool, but folks wouldn’t pay to see me sitting lonely in my boat with no fish.
Q. What would the story of your life be entitled?
A. Blessed but restless
Q. What is your favorite book of all time?
A. The Hobbit. It was one of the first books I read as a kid and I read it every now and again. The Lord of the Rings is right there. I’ve read it 4 times.
Q. Which character from ANY book are you most like?
A. Bilbo Baggins – I am adventurous, but a bit of a dreamer.
Q. What character from all of your book are you most like?
A. Jackson Walker – As a writer, you can’t help but breathe a little of what you are into your main character.
Q. Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?
A. 50 Shades of Grey, but with my wife of course. Not Jurassic Park.
Q. What is your favorite season?
A. Summer, I just love it, especially in Florida – fall can be good as well, but winter follows…
Q. What inspired your book cover(s)?
Or what is your favorite book cover and why? A. My wife Carmen and I went diving through the Everglades one day and we took a bunch of pictures. One of Carmen’s pictures was used on the cover of Devil in the Grass. I don’t know how they did it, but I had a vision and I explained it to the Koehler graphic arts team and they got it first try. I would have to say they were awesome. I envisioned devil eyes in saw grass, a pond and bushes in the background. I saw big plain letters. Koehler was great. They also came up with a few other really cool covers options, but this one stuck from the start.
I liked Karin Slaughters cover on “Pretty Girls.” It’s simple and catchy. You have to wait to the end of the book to get it and I like that sort of thing.
Q. Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.
A. We were at Timbers raw bar on Sanibel after visiting some cool book stores. Carmen and I were there with my aunt and uncle sitting at the small bar, we arrived just as the place opened. I kept looking behind me and there was an old crotchety couple standing against the wall behind us, just staring at us with scowls on their faces.
Finally I said to the old lady staring at me- would you like to get to the bar so that you can order? She doesn’t crack a smile and says: “No, I’d like your seat.” I stared at the bartender and he smiled. “They come here every day. You have their seats. I say “What?” So I being the nice Canadian I am I say, “Sure.” They don’t even thank us immediately sit down to stuffing their faces with the bar specials.” Some people, but for some reason I will link the two events.
Q. Are you working on something new?
A. Three things – Doc Dom a medical thriller about the illegal organ trade. It’s a pretty cool but tragic topic. 2. A sequel to DITG, Jack runs for the Florida state senate and finds himself in another paranormal mess. 3- A true life story about three people who survive in the Gulf of Mexico for three days after their boat sinks. Friends of my parents. The real story is behind the scenes, the family and prayer groups etc.
Q. Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A. I had a blast writing Devil in the Grass. It has taken on a life of its own. It has made me want to continue writing books. I hope to write another that has the realism and edginess of this book. I hope that people appreciate the work that book bloggers do. Thank the bloggers that run these great sites. – See more at: http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.ca/search?q=Devil+in+the+Grass#sthash.KiMRS88a.dpuf