Interview with Sonja Lewis

Published 2013-10-02.
1) Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Yes, when I was a girl I loved nothing more than to make up stories for my youngest sister, though I didn’t write them down. I named the characters, described them and acted them out. When I think back, I absolutely loved the free thinking, no rules just creativity. My first real writing assignment came with a state-wide contest when I was a tween. What a tree means to me? I won and have been hooked since.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The anticipation of what the day will reveal not just in my writing but also in my personal life. Here lately, I have embarked upon a positive thinking campaign as a way of being rather than just something to do when the chips are down. Positive thinking is much harder than negative thinking but worth the practice.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love good food and have been restaurant hopping so to speak right here in London, a great place to do so. My husband and I also are big theatre fans, be it classic plays or modern musicals. We are always checking out what is on in London or wherever we travel.

On a deeply personal note, I love starting my day with a run, even if it is under three miles but that is only three times a week. Daily, I speak to my mom and dad in the US via FaceTime (I live in London). How cool is that? I love it!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
If I am interested in a subject, I will look for an e-book on the topic be it the subconscious mind or what it feels like to not have children, both topics I have explored through my work.

In addition, I love reading a book about anything that I am learning or becoming obsessed with such as running, eating properly, etc... As for fiction, I like mainstream books and I go for the ones with eye catching titles and covers.
Introduce us to your book and the main characters. What makes each one special? Do you have any favorites?
The Blindsided Prophet is the story of a modern day prophet who is caught unawares by a tragic event when he is a teenager. This alters his life forever. Fifteen years later, at God’s bidding Isaiah Brown returns to Coffee, GA, to unravel the tragedy, make reparation and prevent an even worse tragedy.

The main character, Isaiah Brown, is probably my favorite because he is original. I don’t know anyone like him. Naturally, he had to come from somewhere so I must have drawn on characteristics of some of the world’s great people, some perhaps renown. In any case, he is unique. He is a modern-day prophet.

Also, I favor Mae Cook as she is so very much like many people I know—well meaning, good to the core, but gets it wrong a lot of times. At middle age, she learns valuable life lessons. Through Mae, we see that it is never too late to grow-up.
What is your writing process?
I wish I had a more regimented process as I am sure I would be far more successful if I did, so working on it. But for now after I come up with an idea, I try to write about it, even before I do any research. The idea is to see whether I am committed or not. Once I am committed, I begin plotting and planning ( a while back I learned to use index cards successfully) and researching.

And once I have enough to go on, I announce to the world that I am writing, which means go away! This goes on daily for any period of time, often interrupted by more research or a kink that needs working out. I write several drafts before I share with anyone.

Each writing day is meant to begin with prayer and mediation. As I said, I am getting there.
How do you approach cover design?
I use a professional graphic designer but before I contact her, I have a sense of what I want, which is never quite the look I end up loving but the feel of elements drives me. I feel my way through the process and am able to quickly accept or reject ideas.
Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?
Firstly, a spell bounding read that stays with them for a very long time. But also I use themes in my novels and I always want readers to be able to explore the subject and take something positive away.

With The Barrenness, I wanted to start a worldwide conversation about being child-free and childless. With The Blindsided Prophet, I want to get people thinking and understanding their subconscious minds with a view to improve their circumstances.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Though I own an Ipad, Iphone and Kindle, I prefer to read on the Kindle hands down. I can't see how anyone can read on a phone but there you go, we are all different. I do use the Ipad a bit when I am travelling as I prefer it as an overall device to the Kindle but the glare on the screen is too glaring, if you will.

The Kindle is made for reading and it works!
Describe your desk
My desk is a beautiful white wood - I think it is pine but since pine is my least favourite wood, it doesn't matter. But it is L-shaped and from it I can see the river Thames. I have style books at my fingertips as well as massive files of whatever I am working on. And my Macbook Air, of course.

Recently, I added an artistic pencil holder, which I saw at the Royal Academy of Art. When I look at it, I always think how very creative. I like the space and I should, since recently I had the opportunity to design it.
What drew you to tackle the questions or topics in The Blindsided Prophet?
My faith, I suppose is the short answer. I remember being called arrogant once by a young preacher when I talked of my own personal relationship with God. I wanted to show that faith is not just about religion, it is about dwelling/residing within yourself if you will. Deep within you meet God as and when you please. You just have to focus. There, you find the answers.
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Books by This Author

The Blindsided Prophet
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 108,710. Language: American English. Published: May 25, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » African American fiction » General
Another riveting read by Sonja Lewis, The Blindsided Prophet examines beliefs and values at the deepest level, as well as how they shape our thoughts, ideas, and experiences. Teenage prophet Isaiah Brown fails to predict a tragic event that changes his life forever. Fifteen years later, he returns home to find the truth. Will he succeed or will he be blindsided by his love for one woman?
The Barrenness
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 111,980. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
This debut novel intrigues with an element of surprise that keeps the reader captivated until the very last page—a story about whether you can truly be fulfilled as a woman without being a mother. At 39, Lil Lee embarks upon a campaign to have a child and finds that her biological clock is a lenient opponent compared to various steely adversaries, including her own mind.