Today I have a thriller to share with you that’s available for pre-order and will be released January 2022. Find out why his family refuses to watch movies with him and how he may have proof the figures in his peripheral vision exist. Welcome Joseph Lewis!
Would you rather dunk for apples or carve a Jack-o’-lantern?
Definitely, without any doubt or hesitation at all, I would carve a Jack-o’-lantern. The thought of sticking my head in a barrel where others had their drool and slobber and their mouths on the apples truly gags me. There is absolutely no way. Nope. Nada.
If you watch horror movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, covers your eyes, or falls asleep?
My wife and kids refuse to watch scary movies with me. In fact, they don’t enjoy watching movies with me. I ask too many questions. I talk. Every bad habit you can think of while watching movies- that’s me. It was only after my wife and I were married that I found out Kim would shut her eyes at scary parts. I never knew because I was glued to the screen. I’ve screamed. I dumped popcorn on the people sitting next to me. I seldom shut my eyes because I want to see what is happening and what is coming next. But, I’m noisy.
Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?
Absolutely. I consider myself a spiritual person. I believe in good, therefore, I believe in evil. I believe in angels and in helpful, caring spirits who guide us. I’ve written them into my novels- George’s grandfather; Brian’s twin brother. They are there to help, counsel, guide, and many times, to give comfort and serve as a sounding board. So, yes, I believe in ghosts or spirits and I believe I’ve seen or at least witnessed them in my life or around me. We’ve had lights suddenly turn on. We’ve had the faucet in the kitchen sink turn on. Our dog has barked at a “spot” in the living room. It makes life interesting.
Would you and your main character get along?
Absolutely! I like my characters. I have more in common, I think, with the adolescent boys in my stories. At first glance, you would see the boys as athletes, but you’d be missing significant character traits. They are sensitive, loving, caring, loyal to a fault, and, in Brian’s and George’s case, willing to sacrifice their lives if it meant their brothers could live. They laugh easily. They love one another. They are beyond tough. Several have a tough shell but are marshmallow on the inside. They have depth. They are fun. I think we’d be friends.
What do you do to get inside your characters’ heads?
I think it’s easy for me because of my background in psychology and counseling. This is my 46th year in education. I’ve been around kids all my like. I stand in the hallway and listen and watch them. I wander the cafeteria watching how they interact with each other, with adults. When I sit down to write, I use all of this information as I imagine my characters in various situations. Because I write thriller-crime-detective stories, I imagine one or more in situations that would stretch, pull, and test their mind, heart, and soul. As I said, it is easier for me than perhaps other writers.
Which book have you read more than once?
There are several. Lord of the Flies jumped to mind because the plot fascinated me. It pitted kids against one another, forcing them to choose sides. It created situations where good was challenged by evil. It gave us a scenario of what life might be like without rules. Ghost Story by Peter Straub and The Stand by Stephen King were two others. In Ghost Story, the real/imagined Fenny Bate scared the heck out of me. I couldn’t read it at night. The Stand is like Lord of the Flies in that there was the struggle between good and evil, the light and the dark. Characters had to rise to a different level, often challenging their own beliefs and abilities. Great books! I think I want to pick up one or more again!
If you could spend the day with another popular author, who would you choose?
I’ve learned so much by reading David Baldacci- action, mystery, and intrigue from the opening page with twists at the end; by reading John Sandford- his ability to describe action without clichés, and I love his characters- they are real to me; by reading Stephen King- his ability to make me laugh right along with sit on the edge of my seat; by reading Tony Hillerman- his ability to create a story with so very few characters in a setting (the Navajo Nation Reservation) I love and use in my writing. These are the authors I would love to spend an evening with. Talking, story-telling, laughing, learning from. And of course, I’d invite Robin Williams and Billy Crystal because I wouldn’t want it to get too serious. We all need to laugh.
Working with a joint multi-law enforcement task force, Detective Pat O’Connor infiltrated a Ukrainian crime family headed by Dmitry Andruko. O’Connor and his control, Detective Paul Eiselmann were the linchpins in the guilty verdict.
The two detectives thought it was over.
Eiselmann planned for a quiet weekend with his family at home. O’Connor planned on attending a high school soccer game and then head to Northern Wisconsin for a fishing trip with another cop, Detective Jamie Graff and four teenage, adopted brothers: George Tokay, Brian Evans, Brett McGovern, and Michael Two Feathers.
But Andruko is ruthless and vindictive. From his prison cell, he hires two contract killers to kill both O’Connor and Eiselmann and anyone else in the way. The killers can be anyone. The killers could be anywhere, and the killers could strike at any time.
The quiet weekend and the short vacation turn into a deadly nightmare as O’Connor’s and Eiselmann’s lives and the lives of the four boys are in peril.
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After having been in education for forty-six years as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator, Joseph Lewis has semi-retired and now works part-time as an online learning facilitator. He uses his psychology and counseling background in crafting thriller/crime/detective mysteries. He has taken creative writing and screen writing courses at UCLA and USC.
Lewis has published seven books, all available on Amazon and each to excellent reviews: Taking Lives (August 2014; May 2021) the prequel to the Lives Trilogy; Stolen Lives (November 2014; May 2021) Book One of the Lives Trilogy; Shattered Lives (March 2015; May 2021) Book Two of the Trilogy; and Splintered Lives (November 2015; May 2021) Book Three of the Trilogy each from True Visions Publications, and then re-issued by Black Rose Writing; Caught in a Web (April 2018) from Black Rose Writing, which was a PenCraft Literary Award Winner for Crime Fiction and named “One of the Best Crime Fiction Thrillers of 2018!” by Best Thrillers; Spiral Into Darkness (January 2019) from Black Rose Writing, which was named a Recommended Read by Author’s Favorites. His newest, Betrayed November 2020 is a Maxy Award Runner-Up for Mystery-Suspense, a Literary Titan Silver Book Award Winner, and a Reader’s Favorite 5 Star Rating Winner. Blaze In, Blaze Out is currently available for preorder and will be released January 6, 2022. Lewis is currently working on another thriller-crime-mystery.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Lewis has been happily married to his wife, Kim. Together they have three wonderful children: Wil (deceased July 2014), Hannah, and Emily. He and his wife now reside in Virginia.
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