Featured Interview With Author Joseph Lewis
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I am the second youngest of a family of ten, raised in Wisconsin in the country on a river. Loved that life. I began writing in sixth grade, though nothing was published until 1987 when I wrote a short story, Dusty and Me, that a magazine snatched up. My first book, Taking Lives, the prequel to the Lives Trilogy was published in 2014. I now live in Virginia with my wife of 31 years. We have three children, Wil (deceased in July 2014), Hannah, and Emily. We have one grandchild, Mason.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
In sixth grade I had a phenomenal teacher who gave of story starters. They consisted of three or four paragraphs on a notecard, and if we had time after a test or after seat work, we could take one the complete the story. There wasn't any credit involved, but she would give us feedback on them. I ate those up, and the writing bug bit me. As I said above, my first book was published in 2014, and I now have nine published and they have earned nearly twenty awards.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I like to read in the thriller-crime-mystery genre, which is the genre I write in. However, what sets me apart from others is that some of my characters are a patchwork family of seven adopted brothers, each with baggage, some big, some small. So my books have a coming-of-age theme to them embedded in a thriller-crime-mystery. My favorite authors are James Patterson, David Baldacci, John Sandford, and Michael Connelly. One reviewer stated, "If you like James Patterson, you'll love Joseph Lewis." To me, that was high and humbling praise.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Fan Mail is told through Brian's eyes. He questions his place and acceptance in his adoptive family, and he wrestles with his identity. Two of his brothers and a family friend receive fan mail from an unknown stalker that is threatening. When the letters are ignored, they become dark. There is so much stress and strain on the family, due to a car bombing and the letters, their father has a heart attack and the family is torn apart. Brian does all he can to keep his family together, and puts his life on the line to protect his brothers.
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