Interview with A D Lewellen

What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind True Hearts is simple, it's about a traditional, midwestern family that always has each other's backs. They love to laugh and play. They share traditional values and work hard to provide life that shows how much love that they have for each other.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always been a writer, but one day I just decided that it was time to start putting my ideas down on paper. It was scary at first, because I didn't know if anyone would even want to read my story, but when I shared the first couple of chapters with my husband. He encouraged me to finish it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think the greatest joy is actually watching my characters come to life. I know that in a way every person that I have ever met in my life has played a part in the creation of them.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. It is because of their support of my writing that I have even been able to finish my first novel much less start the second one.
What are you working on next?
I am actually working on book 2, which will be Nick and Kylie's story. Well, we hope that they will have a story. The first story left off with Kylie's kidnapping, so I hope that Nick and Kylie's brother's can rescue her from the Italian mob and Mexican cartel.
Who are your favorite authors?
That is a hard one, I have so many. I love anything from John Grisham to Maria Force to Bernadette Marie. Like all women, I love a good romance, but I'll also love a good suspense read, too.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family is my inspiration to get up of a morning. I have a wonderful husband of 15 years and a son that is a freshman in college. We also have a second son, Bob, who is our 8 year old pug and my baby.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My first love is photography. I have been a photographer for 20 years, well actually since I was in grade school and my brother gave me my first camera. I have always loved to try and capture those once in a lifetime special moments.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have my favorite writers that search for, but I also like to look for the free novels, because that is how you can discover the unknown writers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do, the first story that I ever wrote was while I was in college. I was going through the whole "Steele Magnolias and North and South" phase. Where I loved everything about the south, I remember taking the first few chapters to the creative writing center on campus to let one of the student writer's take a look at it. After reading the first chapter, the guy looked at me and asked if I was an English major. I told him, no that I was actually a Journalism major. He suggested that I go check out the student newspaper for a job, because if I could do this with fiction that I would kill with the everyday news.
What is your writing process?
I really don't have a writing process that I go through. I usually have chats with myself as I am driving, thinking over things that have happened are things that people have done. I try and figure out what will work with the characters and if it is the direction that I want the story to go, then I wait til late at night when my family is asleep to start writing.
How do you approach cover design?
I try and design a cover that shows what the book is about, I want the cover to draw the reader in so that they will want to sit down and read it. They say a picture is with a thousand words and in this case it's worth about 75,000 words.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's a hard question! To list five favorite books is almost impossible for the simple reason that right now, I am hooked on two different series by Marie Force, the Fatal Jeopardy series and the McCarthys of Gansett Island. I also am hooked the Keller Family series by Bernadette Marie, just to name a few so there's no way that I can name just five favorite books. Both of these writers have a style that make you a part of the plot, you actually feel like you are apart of the story.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to cook, besides reading. For me, cooking is something let's me put everything out of my mind and focus on what is important my family. I learned to cook from my mom and grandma, my speciality is my "Death by Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake". It's rich and gooey and yummy!!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My one and only e-reading device is my I-phone. I have asked Santa for a Kindle or an Ipad for Christmas. I just hope that I am on his nice list!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook has been the most effective at the moment. I have group page that is open to the public, The Taylor Family Reading Group, anyone can join. We have group events that are posted as well as discussions, etc. So make sure and find us on Facebook!!
Describe your desk
My desk is full of craziness!! I have my reading lamp, pictures of my family, bills, Oreos, candle, and 3 rolls of duct tape. We just moved into our new home, so we have been living out of boxes for several weeks. My office was the second room that I put together, just behind the kitchen.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Southwest Missouri. Hartville has a population of roughly 500 people inside the city limits. It is the county seat for Wright county and I am related to over half of the population of the county in some shape or form. My mom is the elementary secretary at the local school and has been for 45 years. My dad hauled propane for my uncle and cousin before he retired and eventually past away. My step-dad was the local locksmith and real estate broker. In my graduating class, we had 49 seniors. Our school has had multiple trips to the state final four in basketball and baseball. At one time, our high school band had over 125 members and brought home multiple first place trophies for marching performances. This town is the town behind Conner's Crossing, Missouri. It is a town that is rich in the things that are important in life, family, love and laughter.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was in high school, but I didn't really get started until I was in college.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to put my writing out there in a mass form, so that more people have an opportunity to read my work.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think the first story that I ever read that had a major impact on me, would have been North and South. I loved the since of family that was intertwined with the raw feelings the war left behind and to know that was our history, that our ancestor's went through what the characters went through to just survive.
Published 2014-11-13.
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Books by This Author

True Hearts
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 74,350. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
True Hearts is the first in the Taylor Family Series. This book depicts a whole family that is loyal, sexy, and wickedly naughty. They share a deep faith and trust in each other that is shared by all of their friends.