Laurie C. Lewis, what makes you passionate about writing?
Oohh, there I have so many triggers, Anna. Current events, a setting that fascinates me, or an interesting plot, idea can send me off daydreaming and plotting a new chapter or an entirely new book. Meeting an interesting person can do it too. Thatâ€™s why I love traveling and meeting people. My current book was actually born in a swimming pool one night. I love that scene in the book.
I can see you in the pool. 🙂 Do you have a writing routine?
During my â€œFree Men and Dreamersâ€ series days I blocked out the morning and the evening for writing, but that was hard on my family, and I burned out after eight years on that project. As a result, I let things swing the other way. I was only writing when no one else needed me. I missed the steady adrenaline of the creative process, so now, Iâ€™m writing, editing, or working on media and marketing for a portion of every day except Sunday. I protect those days.
Me too. What is the title of your book?
My current release is â€œThe Dragons of Alsace Farm.â€ â€œDragonsâ€ is the term the main characterâ€”a French WWII survivor named Agnesâ€”uses to refer to her fears. It ties back to the Nazis and the war. Agnes has dementia, so when she canâ€™t put her fears into words, she calls them dragons.
That is very interesting. What genre does your book fall under?â€¨
Itâ€™s Book Club Fiction or General Fiction. I have a list of book club questions in the back of the book, and Iâ€™m offering to video chat with books clubs because Iâ€™m anxious to hear the discussions they will launch.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
One screen writer has approached me about adapting the book into a screenplay. I donâ€™t think weâ€™re there yet, but it makes this question especially interesting. As I write, I do â€œcastâ€ my characters. Iâ€™d love to cast Elyes Gabel and Katharine McPhee of Scorpion fame as Noah and Tayte, and Faye Dunaway or Blythe Danner as Agnes.
How fun… What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Circumstances bring a broken young man and a distrustful young artist together to help an eighty-year-old French farm woman suffering with dementia, who proves that despite all she has lost, she still knows volumes about what matters mostâ€”courage and love.
So powerful. Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
Iâ€™m self-publishing â€œThe Dragons of Alsace Farm,â€ but I contracted with my former Covenant editor, Angela Eschler, and publisher Beth Bentley, to make sure the quality of the book was on par. I hope to attract an agent, but right now, self-publishing allows me to control my writing schedule, and to get this book out more quickly to my readers.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft was completed in about a year, but I dragged the edits out two more years while I wrote a second novel. I plan to release them in quick succession.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I call it Dear John meets Still Alice. Noah Carter opens his wary heart to three people who each prove to be high risks for the previously abandoned loner. He learns that love leaves us vulnerable, and requires us to accept people as they are, which is a theme in Nicholas Sparksâ€™ novel, Dear John. For Noah, that means dealing with Tayteâ€™s inability to trust, Agnesâ€™s dementia, and Uncle Johnâ€™s cancer. We also get into Agnesâ€™s point of view as she deals with the dragon chewing away at her memories and cognitive function, much like Aliceâ€™s challenge in Still Alice.
Awesome… Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My mother was diagnosed with dementia about six years, ago. We excused her symptoms for years until it was impossible to ignore. She had a farm she adored, so Mom is the inspiration for â€œDragons.â€
What else about your book might pique the readerâ€™s interest?
Two delicious mysteries are subtly woven through the book, and readers say they never saw the resolutions coming. But for me, the greatest value in the book is the insight into Agnes, and recognizing that our loved ones with dementia are still in there.
Where can we find your book? (Please live links work best)
“The Dragons of Alsace Farm” wentÂ live as an e-book on July 1st.Â Pre-orders are available now.Upcoming release: The Dragons of Alsace Farm”
Archive for June, 2016
This book relates a Science Fiction tale that takes place in a world richly created by the author. As the best Sci-Fi stories go, this one also has intergalactic flight, space living, interplanetary discoveries, and extra terrestrials, or so they think. It is subtitled the second book of the Darktrench saga, but I see no evidence in this book of the previous tale. In this earth-based civilization, some children are taken from their parents and raised by a priest of A. At a certain age, all of them get a chip implanted in their head. It is set surgically there to make them comply with everything or receive a painful shock if they chose not to. Because of that, both men and women are bald-headed.
Girls in their sight have no rights. They are a piece of property to the human race and their life is forfeited if they show their faces in public. To make this point more potent, there are hundreds of girls who die in a fire because the robots that are supposed to save them don’t 19t let them come out without their face scarves. It would be a crime in the sight of A. Their world revolves about what the robots say, because they are A 19s (Their God 19s) messengers. The tale is well written and creative. The end of each chapter is left with a well-placed cliffhanger to keep us reading just to see what will happen next. I like the pace of the story and the depth of character developed for the principal female. Reading this book was time well spent. It will be a must have for any young adult or adult library.
Author: Tim Hemlin
Release Date: re-release 15 June 2016
Number of pages:
Genre – Mystery
CONTACT — [email protected]
Book 1 – If Wishes Were Horses . . .
” Neil Marshall is a graduate student in the University of Houstonâ€™s creative writing program and a promising young poet. However, facing a financially and emotionally draining divorce has him worried about more than paying tuition. So to make ends meet, Neil moonlights as a chef for a high society caterer.
Just when Neilâ€™s life seems bleakest, his oldest friend, racehorse breeder Jason Keys, is murdered. And Neil becomes the prime suspect.
To avenge his friend, clear his name, and rescue a missing championship thoroughbred, Neil infiltrates the dark underworld of horse theft and illegal breeding. Neilâ€™s friendsâ€”his attractive writing teacher, his cooking colleagues, and a freckle-faced teenage horsewomanâ€”offer their support. But their cheers quickly turn to gasps when Neil becomes the hunted.”
Book 2 – A Whisper of Rage
“Graduate student and part-time chef Neil Marshall only wants to go for an early morning run. Instead he witnesses the near-fatal shooting of legendary Houston private eye C.J. McDaniels, and he fears the gunmen can identify them.
Before long, Neil finds himself in the eye of a hurricane, his quiet academic life ripped apart as he rides a swath of violence that cuts across a mansion in River Oaks to an eerily silent suburban home, from a secret hospital room to the bed of a fascinating woman. In Houston’s sultry summer heat a deep-rooted rage is building from a whisper to a roar.”
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4 stars for Colin McCool and the Vampire Dwarf, a Â review for readersFavorite.com
The author uses a great beginning to start this outstanding story for older children. It will keep you glued to the pages and youâ€™ll forget to breathe a few times. If you like faery people and where they come fromâ€¦you are going to love this book. It is full of faery lore and information to delight lovers of this genre to no end.
The story is about Colin, who is a thirteen year old kid who lives in a small town name Farmersville.â€¨For the past few months all has appeared to be fabulous and he canâ€™t believe his luck. After all, the year before he had been made fun of, but now he is the star of his baseball team. His best friend, Jesse, is one of the best players there too. Colin is late for his game and crashes into an old man who doesnâ€™t move and who is holding a stone in his hands. With the crash Colin starts seeing some very interesting things. His town is not as others perceive it. It is dirty, and the people look to be in terrible disarray. Nothing seems like it was before the accident. There are many weird and interesting thing and animals all over he never saw before. Is he in a nightmare? What will Collin have to do to save his town, family and friends?
You will find magic, leprechauns, spells and regular folks in this entertaining tale that will be enjoyed by pre-teens and young adults alike. Any future books in this series should also be great feasts for the minds of the young and the young at heart. It is a clean and all-around good story.
The Seven: the first wave of humanity among the stars.
Theopolis James Logan is finally living his long-cherished dream. Whisked away from his mundane life on Earth – along with six other gifted teenagers – by an alliance of peaceful, alien civilisations known as The Affinity, he has forged a life of excitement and wonder on another world. To his friends, he is a technical specialist, adept in the use of super-advanced technology. However, in secret, he is a covert operative for The Star Agency: the Affinityâ€™s secret service, defending the galaxy against the shadowy forces of the Metah Dah, the Affinityâ€™s sworn enemy.
For centuries, the Star Agency has helped maintain a fragile peace, but when a devastatingly powerful secret weapon is lost, presumed stolen, it sets in motion a chain of events, pushing the Affinity towards the brink of war and plunging the seven human friends into a nerve-shredding battle for survival. Can they survive in a universe more dangerous and unpredictable than they can possibly imagine, or will the dark forces of the enemy triumph, tearing the Affinity apart?
Meanwhile, back on Earth, an old friend is looking for answers.
The Voyages Of The Seven is the second exciting adventure in the Star Agency Chronicles – an Interstellar secret agent adventure series suitable for young and old alike. If you think you know science fiction, think again.
Flash Bangs: A sparkling array of hundred-word short stories One Hundred Varieties To Amuse & InspireFriday, June 10th, 2016
With a short story in each page of this book, you will find many that you will like. Flash stories are very short tales and this ones are 100 word each. To be able to do this stories you need to be very good. Many authors will never write short stories because they can make them work. It takes a talented person to get them right. The author did a great job in this book. The writing is easy and you feel like you have accomplished a lot of reading in a short time.
In this potpourri of tales you will find from Si-Fi in one page to a contemporary in the next. Mystery in the right and murder in the left. Â Magic in the front YA tale in the back. All guided to be enjoy and a kid to an adult and includes all genres within. With all this fantasy in the mix you will be well entertain you, or you can have a new tale every day for one hundred days. Either way it is a great idea full of fun and imagination. Although necessary in this type of stories, the title gives you an insightful part of the tale. Â It is family friendly book that you will be able to share with your younger kids. It teaches in a very succinct form about family values, all kind of addictions, mature conservation, relationships, and life. Overall under supervision of an adult this great collection could be share by the whole family. I would say this is a great work for book clubs and the library.
Cassandra Jones is a twelve year old girl who is a bit selfish, much like many girls at that age. She wants to have friends and be liked by other girls her age. She has a normal family that loves her, but gets tired of the drama they don’t need while taking care of her and her siblings.
The series is composed of short stories divided into chapters. The reader walks in Cassandra’s shoes through different situations in her life.
Cassandra Jones is a twelve year old girl who is a bit selfish, much like many girls at that age. She wants to have friends and be liked by other girls her age, which is also pretty much like girls that age. She has a normal family, mom, dad, that loves her, but gets tired of the drama they don’t need while taking care of her and her siblings. Every day is a new adventure and a new page in her life.
The series is composed of short books divided into chapters. The reader walks in Cassandra’s shoes through different situations in her life. Is a great reading for girls ten to twelve.
Things like snakebite, school dealings, life at home, birthday, boys, etc. are present on the pages.
I believe many girls around ten to twelve years old will like this series. They will connect with Cassandra, the main character, and see themselves between the pages of her stories. It will bring many hours of reading and peace to parents during the summer. Great job.