Johnnie W. Lewis

Biography

Johnnie W. Lewis was born on an Army base in Kentucky, to a Naval Chief Petty Officer and his telephone operator wife. That incongruous beginning was only a portent of the chaotic things to come to the little girl who was named for her father (instead of him giving his name to one of her four younger brothers!). Seventeen different school registrations before high school graduation gave her a rather "well-rounded" background from which to draw her continual string of stories, always told with her tongue planted firmly "in her cheek."

Johnnie and her husband (always called "Better Half" in her writings) have been married more than 40 years and live in suburban Atlanta in Marietta, Georgia, near their daughter (always referred to as "Baby Girl"), son-in-law and PERFECT grandchildren (one of each), and their son (Little Fella) and his fiancee. "Critters" of every species live inside and outside their home and serve as a well-spring of inspiration for the fun, love and laughter in Johnnie's writings, whether those writings take an educational or tongue-in-cheek or romantic or whimiscal direction.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I have four younger brothers and, until the end of my 4th grade year, my father was a career Navy man. Multiple moves and even after he retired, we moved just about every time the rent came due! 19 different moves before I married at 19, only one of those in the same house for 6 years. Acres of cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents told oceans full of tales -- some tall, some true -- and I remembered them all! So when I started writing, it wasn't hard for me to SEE what my characters could see, because I had already been there and done that!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Finding out that (1)it takes .5 to 1.5 YEARS for a book, once accepted by a brick-and-mortar publisher for publication (IF that happens!), to become published and find it in a book store and (2)only IF the B&M Publisher can "feel" the book's "worth," financially to him/herself will the book be published.

Even with those factors satisfied to suit everyone involved in the "pipeline" process, the author is STILL the only one who can make the book sell!

If ALL of the work is going to fall back on me, after the publisher has waved that magic "publish" wand, why should that company retain 90% of the proceeds of the book? Better to get 60% to 70% myself, if I'm going to be doing 90% of the work!
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Where to find Johnnie W. Lewis online


Where to buy in print


Books

Don't Tarry, Terri, GET BACK HOME!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40. Language: American English. Published: March 16, 2017 and represented by Johnnie W. Lewis. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner
Everyone rushes Terri as she makes her way around town, running errands for Mama. But why?
King Rosie and the Truant Twins
Series: "The Babs Books". Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,380. Language: American English. Published: October 28, 2015 and represented by Johnnie W. Lewis. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Babs runs into one mystery after another. Even though she's a smart cookie for a sixth grader, she always uses the help of Rosie, her pet King Snake, her friend, Richard, and her grandmother, Mammy. Babs and Rosie solve one mystery after another, as her parents and other adults, like her friend, the Sheriff, laugh on! Here she runs into a dead body, abandoned children, and Rosie's eggs!
King Rosie Hacks the Hacker!
Series: "The Babs Books". Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,900. Language: American English. Published: October 15, 2015 and represented by Johnnie W. Lewis. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
(5.00)
Babs runs into one mystery after another. Even though she's a smart cookie for an 11-year-old, she can always use the help of other to solve her cases. In this book, her helper, and the one who points Babs in the right directions, is her pet, a King Snake, named Rosie! Babs and Rosie solve one mystery after another, as her parents and other adults, like her friend, the Sheriff, laugh on!
King Rosie's Jewels
Series: "The Babs Books". Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,360. Language: American English. Published: July 10, 2015 and represented by Johnnie W. Lewis. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(5.00)
Babs runs into one mystery after another. Even though she's a smart cookie for a sixth grader, she can always use the help of others to solve her cases. In this book, her helper, and the one who points Babs in the right directions, is her pet. A King Snake, named Rosie! Babs and Rosie solve one mystery after another, as her parents and other adults, like her friend, the Sheriff laugh on!
The Five Finger Essay
Price: $13.50 USD. Words: 26,860. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2012 and represented by Johnnie W. Lewis. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Essays, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Secondary
(5.00)
"The Five Finger Essay©" teaches students to write paragraphs and essays without all the hassles they've been used to, while it helps them write essays in the 25-minute time limit imposed by the SAT/ACT exams. The methods used are highly visual, kinesthetic, and color-coded, addressing the Linguistic and Logical/Mathematical Learning Styles very well. Excellent for timed-testing preparation!
The Writing Police and The Point of the Perplexing Periods
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2012 and represented by Johnnie W. Lewis. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
The “Writing Police” characters, Woodruff B. Papier, The Writing Police Officer, and his assistant, Lt. Penn, have adventures, in the town of Paperville, while helping people (students AND adults!) write and speak their language correctly.  

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