1. Tell me about your book, Everybody has a story...these are ours, and where you got your inspiration for it?
Everybody has a story…these are ours is a collection of short stories that focus mostly on women at different stages of life, motherhood, adult siblings, daughters, seniors, not necessarily from an easy fun, feel good perspective but rather challenges, emotions that might exist in relationships and experiences. Outcomes that might not always be what one might think or that we might all wish for. They are stories that I hope will open dialogue when readers ask themselves “what if?”. I am not so sure that I can say I was inspired as much as I watched those around me, I played back my own emotions, I imagined what if it was me, how would I feel and I wrote.
2. Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so what was it?
I definitely learned that taking risks and not following rules has its downside. I was not aware of all the work that would be needed to market and sell, really of how hard it would be for me to put myself out there and promote me, still working on that. I think that is the most difficult part for me, believing in myself enough. I think as I write more and read more, listen more to readers I am growing as a writer and perhaps that will help with my self confidence.
3. What are the top three books in you TBR pile?
1)A girl is a half formed thing - Eimear McBride
2)The heart is a shifting sea - Elizabeth Flock
3)House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski
4. Have you ever danced in the rain?
This question made me laugh, I was wondering who hasn’t danced in the rain.
5. Mountains or the beach?
Such a hard question, I suppose it would be both, Big Bear Mountain Lake area can most definitely meet that need.
6. What feels like love to you?
My children, my son and daughter definitely are what love feels like.
7. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
I thought about this question and first thought it I’d like to go back in time because I wouldn’t want to go the future I might miss something along the way. But the truth is I wouldn’t want to time travel, today is who I am and what I know without my yesterdays who knows what might be different, I’m up for whatever struggles and roadblocks I might encounter right where I am.
8. What motivates you to succeed as a writer?
I have so many stories in my head that need to get out. And in some way I suppose it is the need to say to my family and friends, I can!
9. What makes you cry?
I hate when people forget how to be kind. And when my children are hurt or sick. Both of these things make me cry.
10. If you could have an answer to any question, what would that question be?
Is this all there is?
11. Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
I didn’t use to think that the cover was so important until I realized it was. I think it plays a huge role in readers choosing.
12. Do you think giving away books for free works and why?
I think it is helpful for new authors in getting reviews and that perhaps that free book will be shared and recommended.
13. Have you written any other books that are not published? Do you intend to publish them?
I just recently finished my first low fantasy novel and have three more novels that I have started. I go back and forth between them depending on my mood, since they are all different genres. What has your experience been like as a new Indie Author? Bruises, Highlights, and lessons? It has definitely had its highs and lows. It is an amazing feeling when a total stranger reads your words and finds them engaging and reading worthy. Yet my heart becomes a weight when attending signings and no one shows. I have learned that one cannot allow their emotions to get in their way and how important it is to be able to self promote.
Family relationships. Friendships. Finding our Place. This collection is a series of narratives exploring events, experiences and memories. Each short work, while unique, brings the reader in touch with the inner monologue of the characters bringing their reality to life. Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Daughter, Son, Wife, and Husband – this book pulls together seven independent stories into a compelling, and thought-provoking anthology. While the focus is on the women – the men in these stories provide an interesting counterpoint. Readers meet: Lexi’s mom, as she struggles to understand her daughter; Abigail, now grown, remembering her nanny Chamele and the life lessons she shared; a sister trying to forge an adult relationship with a once-adored older sibling; a woman finding beauty in a place others have forgotten; another woman finding a true understanding of what holds meaning to her; Claire, the empty-nester and her “girls night out” group with an unusual twist, and Megan – lost but not forgotten. But don’t judge a book by its cover, in each story nothing is exactly as it seems.
Audrey Lewis enjoys spending her free time with her family, working on creative projects such as furniture restoration, finding vintage treasures or a good game of scrabble. Nature tends to dictate some of her interests. She always enjoy connecting with nature in a variety of ways, beekeeping, growing vegetables in her garden, and capturing the world through a lens. When the day finally winds down, she enjoys turning on her laptop and getting down to work. Writing has provided her an additional creative outlet which she now is able to further explore after 25 years of running an International non-for-profit. Now as a published author she is able to finally give her writing the attention it has been longing.