We’ve got another treat today! Fran Lewis a real dynamo who seems to have done it all in writing (Eight Books!), publishing, and helping other authors get the exposure they need to make it through her radio show and book reviews!
Welcome to Literary Wealth, the blog to find those undiscovered jewels of literature! Would you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m Fran Lewis and I am educator by profession. I am a reading and writing specialist with four master’s degrees. At present I am a book reviewer, talk show host on Blog Talk Radio, online interviewer, Blog Tour Coordinator for Hillcrest Media Publishing and the author of eight titles.
A lot of people are on Twitter these days, so can you describe Faces Behind the Stones for us in 140 characters or less (which is the size of a tweet)?
My latest title is Faces Behind the Stones told from the point of view of the victim or person behind the stones.
When did you begin writing Faces Behind the Stones? What inspired this book and how much research was involved in writing it?
This particular book is based on real life events that happened in my life and to some people that were very close to me. I did research on Brain Traumatic Injury, Heart Disease, Suicide, Death and Palliative Care before completing the book.
What or who made the biggest influence on you wanting to become a writer?
When my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2002 I knew that she would need more care at home. When I decided to retire early from teaching my aunt challenged me to write my first children’s book about my experiences growing up in the Bronx. My Name is Bertha is my first book and the stories are funny, sad, comical and have a message at the end to all kids about bullying, teasing, kindness and understanding. Bertha is me. I was overweight as a kid and my sister, Marcia, who is Tillie was always the thin one who could dance, sing and entertain. She was my inspiration along with my aunt and she edited my work. I really miss her.
What was the first book you ever wrote about and was it ever published?
My Name is Bertha and it was self-published.
Do you have any writing habits that people might find unusual?
Not really except that I start writing at times at four or five in the morning. I was so used to getting up early to give my mom her meds I guess I cannot get out of the habit of getting up early and getting my day started.
Do you have a favorite character or one that is especially close to your heart?
My favorite character is Poirot. I love him because he is smart, a great detective and never gives up until he solves a case.
What is the best gift you have ever received, do you still have it and who gave it to you?
The most precious gift I ever received I have been wearing around my neck since I was 13 years old. My grandfather brought this back from Israel. It is a nameplate with my name in Jewish.
What is something that you have always wanted to do, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet?
I have always wanted to go to law school and become a criminal attorney.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you hope to find in your suitcase?
My cell phone with a long lasting charger and GPS, water to keep hydrated and clothes and of course my hair and makeup products and maybe a raft to get off the island in case no one knows where I am.
What is your all-time favorite book?
My favorite book is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Other than yourself, who is your favorite author?
I have so many favorite authors but the one that stands out the most and I have interviewed him twice is Steve Berry.
If a TV show was based on your life, what type of TV show would it be (i.e., comedy, drama, suspense, etc.) who would you choose to play the leading character (you), and what would the theme song be? Why?
It would be a comedy based on a total comedian, klutz almost like I love Lucy. The theme song would be written by Paul Anka and sung by Adam Lambert from American Idol. He is so great. The theme would definitely have the you can do it all and never give up flare. To play me it would have to be someone with a great sense of humor, blonde and totally great personality. Maybe: the younger me would be Debra Messing or Reese Witherspoon.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to take long walks in the morning, read of course and I love tag sales and antique shows.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A total early bird.
What is your favorite TV show and/or movie?
There are so few shows on television that I watch. I love shows that make you think and use your mind but there are so few these days. Some of the reality shows can help you relax so at times I might watch Tabitha’s Takeover because she has a strong personality like mine. I love watching the British Comedies and adore the show Keeping Up Appearances.
If you were throwing a dinner party and you could invite five people (fictional or real, dead or alive), other than family or friends, who would you invite and why?
I would invite Inspector Morse to learn how to conduct a real investigation and to understand the criminal mind. I would probably ask Perry Mason to learn the art of great questioning when in court. I would also invite Poirot to get a take on his technique. I might invite the guys from Criminal Minds to discuss the new technology used today.
If you had the opportunity to go anywhere you wanted, at anytime in history, where would you go and why?
I would love to go back to Colonial Times and meet the men who wrote the Constitution and maybe add some amendments of my own. I always wanted to meet Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
What are you currently working on?
Faces Behind the Stones: Book 3 no working title yet.
Where can people connect with you online?
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