Interview with David R Lewis

Published 2013-09-15.
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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