Friday, April 22, 2016

INTERVIEW WITH S.R. LEWIS

I am pleased to introduce S.R. Lewis, an established author who has a passion for writing AND a passion for helping people find their faith.


1. Tell us a little about yourself.

     I was born and brought up in a New England seaside village. I now reside in Virginia in a country setting. I have been writing since I was a child...first poems...lyrics to songs...and then books. I have two grown daughters and three granddaughters and have been married for a great number of years to my best friend, Tom. 
    I am a Christian and rely on my faith to get me through the rough patches of life. I really enjoy giving retreats to teach others about forgiveness and faith...I am currently working on a third book...it is a fiction and should be out by the end of this year. More about it on my website: 

                                                                       www.srlewis.org 

                                                          www.facebook.com/srlewis1956/


2. What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    
     Actually when I was fifteen, I was given a teen Bible and I read it cover to cover. I did enjoy the Anne of Green Gables series.


3. Do you have any special memories attached to your reading when you were young?

    It took me into a different world much better than how I grew up.

4. Tell us about the first book you wrote. What inspired you? 

    My first published book was released in October 2012 titled "Falling into Place Touched by Diving Inspiration." The whole story of the inspiration is in there and how my life was saved many times over when I was a child by Angels and God.  I went through abuse...both emotional and physical and death of both parents in one weekend by natural causes...losing the ones I love to death...mysteries that happened to me that couldn't be explained until not. Mostly all before I was twelve....



5. If you could sit down for dinner with three authors, who would choose and why?

    I would love to have dinner with Mitch Albom. He inspires so many and I love books he writes. I am hoping someday to spend some time with James Patterson with his knowledge of book writing and also Dr. Ben Carson.

6. Do you have a favorite place to write?

   If the opportunity arises, in a cottage by the sea...but that's not always an option...so wherever the inspiration begins...I write.

7. In closing, is there any advice you would like give to other authors?

    My advice to other authors...research...there is a lot of marketing...a lot of writing...creativity and know how before you take the journey of being an author...I have self published and traditional published and I amy go back to self publishing for the next book because I pretty much do a lot of the marketing myself anyways. I already know what to do as far as a book tour...keep going and don't give up...Edit, Edit, Edit...and have a clear vision of the writing so that you can also create a fantastic book cover...Brand yourself...bookmarks, reviews...business cards...websites...there is no end to the possibilities of your book...Pray.

                                                                   www.facebook.com/srlewis1956/

                                                                 www.srlewis.org

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NOVY'S SON, THE SELFISH GENIUS




Novy's Son is my first novel to be published. The title is a curious one to most readers since they are not familiar with the name Novy.

It is a nickname that my great-grandfather gave to my grandfather when he was only about three years old. Exactly why that name and where it came from is a mystery.

My father is the main character and exemplifies what I consider the lost connection between a father and a son. Robert Bly named it the Iron John concept. Traditionally the man is to teach his son how to be a man: to hunt, provide, and protect. 

The men do not grow up with the Iron John connection often will turn to unacceptable social behaviors. In a twisted way they think their behaviors (womanizing, gambling, abuse, etc) will bring the love and acceptance from their fathers for which they so desperately seek.

Here is an excerpt from Novy's Son:

The month alone with Dad was an experience I will never forget. I wish I could have had more times like that. We spent the days working side by side helping Juan. In the evenings after


dinner, we would sit by the radio and listen to the news or music. We didn’t talk much as I found myself content just to be alone in Dad’s presence. Usually he would light one cigarette from the butt of another, then hang it loosely between his lips. When the ashes got too long, he’d hold the cigarette upside down and use his middle and fourth finger to flicker the ashes loose. I’d watch them fall into his brass ashtray.
I liked it best when he would pack one of his pipes with the aromatic Prince Albert tobacco, then take out his small box of wooden matches from his front pocket. There was magic as he puffed on the stem, and the flame of the lit match would dance with the movement of the air until soon the fragrant smoke filled the room. He would sit back in the chair, relaxing his back and shoulders, enjoying the smell and taste of his pipe. With his legs crossed at the knees, he slowly and rhythmically swung his top leg back and forth as if he were keeping time to music only he could hear.
During my last evening there, the silence was suddenly broken when Dad asked, “Murray, have you thought about where you would like to go to college?”
I had thought about college, but I hesitantly responded, “Well, I have thought about it some, but with the economy and all the changes with our family, I’m not sure I can go.”
“Don’t worry about the money. Your education is too important, and we will figure out a way to pay for it.” Finishing his pipe, he tapped it gently on the brass ashtray, took out his penknife, and became absorbed in cleaning out the bowl of his pipe. Every now and, he would tap the loosened ashes into his hand, then brush them into the ashtray.
After a few minutes, I said, “Dad, I would like to go to Stanford, but I’m not sure I have the grades to get in.” I expected to hear words of reprimand about my study habits and B and C grades.


Instead he just nodded his head. “It is pretty hard to be admitted into Stanford, isn’t it?”

Watching Dad again nod his head, I quietly said, “Yes, it is.” After an uncomfortable silence, I began explaining my grades. “You know, Dad, I study hard.” He just sat quietly, lighting a cigarette. “I went to school and did my homework. You know I was busy helping you with the farm, and helping Mother with Jack and Richard.”
“Don’t make excuses, Murray.” Getting up from his chair, he ended the conversation, saying, “I want you to go to college because an education is very important. I’m going out for a walk, then to bed.”
I felt anger and frustration rise in me as I said, “Good night, Dad.” As he shut the door behind him, I knew any further conversation with him about my education was over.
“He doesn’t understand me or what I am going through,” I thought to myself. “He has always favored my brothers and expects too much from me. He thinks I should be just like he was. Why can’t he just listen to me? Why is it so hard for me to talk to him?” These were some of my thoughts as I sat staring at the front door.
Once Dad had gone to bed, I sneaked a few shots of bourbon, which helped ease my pain, just as it had so many other times. I was confident my habit was a well-hidden secret, seeing I kept my own little bottle under the mattress. I sat on the edge of the bed, letting the smooth burn of the bourbon warm and relax me. “Somehow I must prove to Dad that he can be proud of me,” I thought. “I will go to college, even if it’s not Stanford.”

I loved and respected Dad. I knew he was disappointed in me, but our inability to talk to one another prevented real bonding.

Novy's Son was named Book of the Month for the month of March by Rave Reviews Book Club.
It is available atwww.amazon.com/novys-son-selfish-genius in ebook or paperback.