Want to know a little bit more about this amazing Author Fran Lewis?! I was lucky enough to get some answers from questions I had floating around in my head!
Check it all out below:
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I have always loved to write even before becoming an author. But, professionally it took a dare from my sister to write my first book when I retired from my job with the NYC Public School System when my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Someone had to care for her full time. My sister dared to become a couch potato or review a book. I reviewed a cookbook and I don’t know one knob of a stove from another. The review was filled with humor, fun quotes and much more. The author is still laughing and made sure it was read all over the Internet. My sister dared to write a book and I chose to write about our antics growing up in the South Bronx creating my Bertha Series with the first book titled My Name is Bertha. I have not stopped writing, reviewing ever since. I even created a magazine, MJ magazine in my sister’s memory and would welcome more contributors.
-Where is your favorite place to write?
My favorite place to write is at my computer in my small room. I never write I only type.
Any advice for new writers out there?
Before deciding on what to write about in my first book I compiled a list of things that I was interested in writing about or I wanted to learn more about. I decided to begin with what I know and that’s growing up and dealing with bullying, being overweight, dancing lessons that I hated and my first attempt at going to dance with a friend from school. From there I decided to write more Bertha stories until I created my Faces Behind the Stone series which required researching on the many areas that the main characters were involved in: Sorority Parties that went south, Teen drinking, Bullying in school and other topics. New writers have to have faith in what they are writing about, make sure that your work is edited the right way even if you have more than one editor. Make sure your cover fits the title and when asking for reviews ask people that have been reviewing for a long time and don’t be discouraged when some write negative reviews.
12 Tips for Writers, from Fran Lewis
1. Make sure that your book is properly edited.
2. Make sure that your plot line is strong.
3. Make sure your main character’s voice is heard.
4. Make sure the scenery descriptions do not overshadow or bury the plot.
5. Make sure the title is catchy, short, and intriguing.
6. Make sure that the cover is eye-catching and genre appropriate.
7. Make sure the back cover copy is concise, to the point, and entices readers to read your book without giving away too much.
8. Find credible reviewers to review your title. (A great source is the Yellow Pages of Book Reviewers and Indie Book Reviewers.)
9. Include blurbs and praise for the book on the front and/or back covers.
10. Make sure the printed book’s design is easy to read.
11. Make sure your publisher understands your concerns and your editor works with you to create a polished book.
12. Be sure get everything you are promised if you self-publish.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what was they best way to fix it?
Writer’s Block does happen to everyone or most everyone. I take a walk, I step back from the book or whatever I am writing, I reread and then I have a cappuccino and then I move on to writing.
Besides writing, what else do you love to do on your free time?
I love to take long walks. I love reading the work of other authors. I love shopping for clothes, shoes or just browsing. I love watching positive programs on television that make me smile and I love helping my nieces and nephews with their schoolwork if they need my expertise.
Well there you have it! She is just as amazing as I thought she would be. Her advice is on point and I know I will absolutely be taking all of it into consideration!
Thank Fran Lewis for answering my questions! It meant a lot!
Click here to check out my latest blog post all about her new book:
A Daughters Promise
which is based on a true story!