Interview with David R Lewis

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My cattledog, Jethro, and my wife, the coveted Laura. I can resist either one of them separately, but together I have no chance at all.
Describe your desk
I can't. I haven't seen the thing in years. I believe it's someplace in my office, I think. I hope.
What is your writing process?
Coffee, a completely dark room, a lighted keyboard, and no distractions.
When did you first start writing?
I really can't remember. I was first published when I was in high school.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sure. I was in forth grade and set out to write the Great American Novel. After a couple of pages, I became distracted by a young lovely named Dianne Drake. Another epic lost.
Why did you become a novelist?
I don't consider myself a novelist. I am a story-teller.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Couple of things. First is the fun of creating characters and following them through the story as I watch their lives and situations grow. Second is receiving the indirect compliment. Kind and appreciative words from someone I never met and will never know mean a great deal to me.
What do you consider your greatest writing strength?
My characters. Life has dozens of plots that go rocketing by all the time. The characters in our lives, those memorable people, stay with us through the years. My books, as is life, are character driven.
What are your five favorite books and why?
Horn of the Hunter by Robert Ruark. Even though it is not fiction, the story is full of action, drama, intrigue, fear, and joy. Marvelous book.
Flight of the Intruder by Stephen Coonts. An A-6 pilot in the Vietnam War, Coonts takes the reader into the cockpit and through the ridiculous policies of that time and place.
Semi-Tough by Dan Jenkins. An insightful and very funny look at professional football through the eyes of "them good ol' boys from Texas A&M."
Shogun by James Clavell. A true epic of a very different time in a very different place. Massive and Marvelous.
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. A sweeping story of the old west with some of the most wonderful characters ever put to page.
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Published 2013-09-15.
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Books by This Author

Dakota Trail
Series: The Trail Westerns. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,590. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Marion, Homer, and Ruben are on the trail in search of Federal Marshal James Jacklin, who has disappeared without a trace. Unexpectedly, the men come face to face with a situation that might be related…the kidnapping and selling of young Chinese girls. With the support of a determined woman, the boys set out to solve two crimes. Saddle up and join the marshals as they take to the Dakota Trail.
Six Cut Kill
Series: The Crockett Stories. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,880. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A series of vicious killing lead Crockett to investigate a wealthy businessman and his deeply twisted bodyguard. The discovery of a cache of illegal weapons bring in the FBI and the Missouri State Police, and lives are on the line. Things are touch and go, and no one is safe from the threat of the Six Cut Kill.
Behind the Badge: Small Town Troublemakers
Series: The Crockett Stories, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,560. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Adventure » General
Crockett takes a part time job as a small-town cop and becomes suspicious of a local nightclub. With the help of the Missouri State Police, a cute undercover operative, and the ever-present Stitch, Crockett begins an investigation that leads to murder, mayhem, and more when he goes BEHIND THE BADGE.
Glory Trail
Series: The Trail Westerns. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,490. Language: American English. Published: December 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
It was a chance for a new beginning and a better life for a wagon train of hopefuls leaving the war torn South to relocate in Kansas. Unfortunately, new enemies and old habits die hard, and the truth can come to mean very little. Out-manned and out-gunned, Ruben, Marion, and Homer put their lives on the line as they saddle up and fight for what is right on the GLORY TRAIL.
Series: The Crockett Stories, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,910. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A three-year-old who communicates with her deceased great-grandmother sets Crockett on a course seeking justice for the wife and family of a murdered cop. Crockett, Stitch, and Clete, with help from Satin’s daughter, Danni and her friend, Whisper, infiltrate a drug business with ties to Italy and Afghanistan as Crockett goes UNDERCOVER.
Cutthroat Trail
Series: The Trail Westerns. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,970. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Ruben Beeler finds a friend shot to death then mutilated, so he calls on Marion Daniels and Homer Poteet for help. The chase takes the men from St. Joe into Kansas and down to Hell on the Border and The Nations as they follow a path of bloodlust that began before the killing of Arkansas Bill Cole. Serial killers are nothing new…as the marshals find out on the Cutthroat Trail.
Witness Rejection
Series: The Crockett Stories, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 127,950. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00 from 1 review)
Crockett is rebuilding his life once again when he is contacted by Carson Bailey. Carson confesses to Crockett that she is in the Witness Protection Program but feels her cover has been blown. From a vicious attack near Chicago to a rogue FBI agent, to hired killers, to the wilds of the Black Hills, Crockett and Cletus fight for their lives while trying to help a woman on the run.
Series: The Crockett Stories, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,470. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Crockett is enjoying a new life at Watkins Marina on Truman Lake when a call from Cletus shatters his reverie. Ruby has been abducted. Pulled back into what he'd left behind, Crockett is plunged into a terrible reality. He and Clete are on the hunt in the wilds of northern Arkansas, time is running out, and Ruby is in chains.
Killdeer Trail
Series: The Trail Westerns. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,930. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Thirteen people are dead from the savage poisoning of a church well at the hands of a vengeful elderly woman. Ruben, Homer Poteet, and Marion Daniels take to the trail of Blanche Boggs. She has crossed the Mississippi River into the wilds of southern Illinois to return to her old home place. Back among friends and family, Blanche knows she is safe. She isn't. Nobody is on the Killdeer Trail.
Ogallala Trail
Series: The Trail Westerns. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,630. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Marion Daniels asks Ruben for help. Marion’s friend, Cecil Man-Bear, has been crippled, his wife killed, and his daughter kidnapped. Marion and Ruben ride into the Sioux reservation, pursuing a man called Kills-Many. With the help of Homer and an old Indian fighter, Owney Furnish, they attempt to rescue the daughter and make sure justice is served. It's a hazardous ride on the Ogallala Trail.
Incidents Among the Savages
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 111,860. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Holiday » Adventure
The year was 1803. It was a time when the West was not only frontier; it was the undiscovered country. It was the time of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark before the trains of Prairie Schooners and settlers, before cowboys or cattle drives, before Colonel Colt’s six-shooter, and nearly three-quarters of a century before George Armstrong Custer and his men were killed at Little Big Horn. It was a
Situational Flexibility
Series: The Crockett Stories, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 114,520. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Crockett and Ruby’s luxury camping trip is interrupted by the discovery of a runaway girl. When the kidnapping of a brother is brought to light, Crockett, Clete, and Stitch are supplied with the talent and tools to challenge a group of white separatists and bring the boy home. It’s Crockett and company against a racist militia and the trick to survival is Situational Flexibility.
Payback Trail
Series: The Trail Westerns, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,490. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Ruben, Marion, and Marshal Addriss TIppideaux head into the hills of northern Arkansas to investigate theft and murder, and are plunged into a world of dark deeds and black hearts. Suspicion of outsiders and hate for the government abounds, as they take on an entire clan to see that justice is done. Revenge is the order of the day and life is cheap on the PAYBACK TRAIL.
Calico Trail
Series: The Trail Westerns, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,180. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
When entitlement invades Missouri, Ruben Beeler is dispatched to investigate complaints of a wealthy Englishman taking over an entire county. Sir Merrit Treadstone is prepared to do whatever is necessary to establish the Calico Cattle Company and his new American kingdom. Ruben, Marion Daniels, and Homer Poteet, face poison, arson, and murder as they struggle to stay alive on THE CALICO TRAIL.
The Endless Journey Toward an Unknown Destination
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,920. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Self-realization, Nonfiction » New Age » Spiritualism
(5.00 from 1 review)
A teacher, healer, and reader, David has spent his life moving from dogma to karma and farther in the search for answers to the questions so many of us have. He offers some of his experiences and the wisdom of his mentor, Dr.Henry Rucker. In a refreshing look at life, he claims no truths but his own with no desire to convert or convince, but to share and support. Join him on the Endless Journey.
Cowboys and Indians
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,010. Language: American English. Published: May 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(5.00 from 1 review)
The year is 1971. Gary Frost and Roger Dix are partners on the police department. Because of a dumb cop and a stupid accident, racial tensions are running high. This book is a work of fiction largely based in fact. It is not politically correct. It is honest, accurate, and raw. Hit the street with Frost and Dix, but keep your head on a swivel. It's time to play Cowboys and Indians.
The Nodaway Trail
Series: The Trail Westerns, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,670. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
(5.00 from 1 review)
The vicious murder of one woman and the dreadful mutilation of another pits Ruben Beeler against a crime dynasty of hired killers and a bitter father bent on revenge in action that is fast, furious, and ofter fatal. With the help of an unlikely ally, once again it is time to kill or be killed when Rube and Marion Daniels saddle up to ride the NODAWAY TRAIL.
Grave Promise
Series: The Crockett Stories, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,440. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
After trying to help a friend with bad dreams, Crockett and Ruby are visited by a beautiful woman who was the victim of murder over fifty years ago. She sets them on a course to save her great grand daughter from repeating the mistakes of three generations. Crockett and Ruby attempt to rectify a past, save a future, and keep a Grave Promise.
Series: The Nosferati Novels, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,890. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
The sequel to Bloodtrail, BLOODLINE follows Casey and company into the depths of Africa in search of the Nosferati virus, and into central Mexico in search of his son, who is lost to the Nosferati bloodlust. A novel of brutality, love, need, and humanity among the un-human, Bloodtrail continues the series believable approach to the vampire myth.
Fear of the Father
Series: The Crockett Stories, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 100,480. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
It started when a friend asked an ex-cop a simple question. “Got a gun?” Unfortunately almost nothing is ever as simple as it may seem. Soon, David Allen Crockett found himself in a world he thought he’d left behind...a world of murder, deceit, treachery, shameless evil, and the possibility of the finest love he would ever know. All he had to do was survive.
Once Upon Again
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 125,550. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Disillusioned with her life and her marriage, Lucin Montgomery begins a seductive journey of self-awareness that leads from visions of the Willow World of an ancient Japanese courtesan, to the sensual appreciation of her own female essence, to the liberating reminder from a long-dead grandmother that femininity and the ways it may be exploited are without limit, and love has a life of its own.
The Deer Run Trail
Series: The Trail Westerns, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 73,470. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
When Ruben Beeler found Arliss Hyatt near shot to death, he didn’t know his life was fixin’ to change. Green as grass, Rube was a long way from bein’ any kind of pistoleer or shootist, but Marshal Marion Daniels needed help with that Duncan bunch an’ growed Rube up right quick. Then a town in trouble put him behind a badge of his own, an’ it come time to root hog or die, on the DEER RUN TRAIL.
Series: The Nosferati Novels, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 145,570. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.40 from 5 reviews)
Tired of his life and weary of his sins, Joseph Casey places himself and his fate in the hands of medical researchers as an object of study. A 400 year old Nosferati now in the power of mere humans, he asks for only one thing in return: help in finding his 14 year old daughter, who he has not seen in over 150 years and who is the most bloodthirsty serial killer ever to walk the earth.