Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers

Q1: Thanks for participating in our Spotlight Interview series, Garry! Please introduce yourself and your book to help our readers get to know you.


A: My name is Garry E. Lewis. I am a fiction Author. I write Mystery/Suspense and fictional Horror books. I have seven published at this time on


Q2: Please explain how you came to be a writer, what inspired you to write your book(s) and how long it took. 


A: I guess my writing actually started back when my kids were small. I began writing short stories to share with my kids. As I got older I started writing fictional stories as a hobby, then I decided to look into having them published.


Q3: What did you enjoy most about creating this book? 

A. The Rileyville Mystery was my first, a labor of love you might say. Living in small towns most of my life, I came upon the idea to write a mystery taking place in a small town. It took off from there. The characters I wanted to bring to life regarding their personalities, quirks etc. From there the story was born.


Q4: What facets of your life, both personal and professional, are woven into your book, if any?  


A. You meet a lot of different people throughout your life. I reflected on many of those people I’d known through the years, their personalities, quirks, etc., as well as some of my own. The characters have to be realistic to, I feel, make the story enjoyable.


Q5. How did you get published?


A. I first got involved with a shady publisher; learned my lesson quickly from that, had my rights reverted back, self published from there on. Having attempted to draw the interest of different agents, I quickly found being a new author your chances are not good. So I looked into self publishing and found some great ones out there.



Q6: Did you have any surprises or hiccups along the way during the book writing and/or publishing process?


A. Once I got connected with Createspace and Lulu publishing, the hiccups soon disappeared. They make the process very easy and affordable, and in today’s economy that is a big plus!


Q7: What one thing did you wish you'd known before you started this project? 


A.  To avoid the first Publisher I’d hooked up with from the start. I’m sure most authors out there know the one I’m referring to, without mentioning their name.

Q8: You're a fly on the wall when readers are discussing your book.  What would you hope to hear them say about it?

A. It was very enjoyable, they loved the characters, and they would most certainly tell a friend about me and to check out my fictional books.


Q9: Tell us one thing about you that most people don't know or would surprise them. 

A. I’d like to think I’m just your average guy, nothing special about me. I’ve always had a vivid imagination growing up as a child. I now put that to good use in my writing.


Q10: What single piece of advice would you give new authors?

A. Never give up your dream, if you believe in yourself. And when you are dedicated to those beliefs, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.



Q11: Share a short summary of a typical day in your life with us please. 

A. Well I sleep during the day, as I have a night shift at a local hospital. So I primarily work on my manuscripts in the evening hours before going to work. Otherwise I’m married to the love of my life, Sandra, who helps me with editing and designing my book covers. I have five wonderful grown children and eight grandchildren. More on the way I’m sure.


Q12:  Describe where you do most of your writing. What would I see if I was sitting beside you?


A. Probably me sitting with my laptop typing away at my desk, or in my easy chair, while my wife reads or makes baby blankets for the grandchildren.


Q13: What's your motto or favorite quote you like to live by?


A. Believe in yourself, and anything is possible.

Q14: Is there anything else you'd like to share with us in closing such as your website, an imminent book launch or what you're working on presently? 


A. I’ve just completed my eighth book entitled Father Patrick in When The Devil Comes knocking. It’s a new series I’ve started, mystery/suspense category, which is in the editing stages now. Hopefully to be released this Fall 2011.


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Comment by Stacy Eaton on September 4, 2011 at 1:23pm
Garry - Great interview!
Comment by Sean Noonan on September 8, 2011 at 11:57pm
Good luck with the new series Garry!
Comment by Garry Edward Lewis on September 9, 2011 at 8:49am
Thank you everyone! For your kind comments on my Spot Light review. My wife today arranged with our local librarian in Waverly, Illnois to check out my books, she liked what she saw, and plans to order some for the library the 20th of this month. She also invited me to have a book signing in the near future which I'm preparing to do, as soon as possible. The Librarian suggested around Halloween as the teens are really into the horror and mystery books at this time. So I'm hoping to be able to arrange a signing around that time. If everything comes together I'll post how things went here at
Comment by Garry Edward Lewis on September 9, 2011 at 8:55am
My newest release is now available on Amazon, Paperback is $7.99 Kindle edition is just $1.99 "Father Patrick In When The Devil Comes Knocking." Just in time for the halloween season!I'll probably have an October special 99cent Kindle's on Amazon that month to celebrate my eighth book.
Comment by Sean Noonan on September 9, 2011 at 9:49am
Its always good to hear o fellow Authors ploughing ahead. Power to your pen and don't forget to have fun.
Comment by Stacy Eaton on September 9, 2011 at 10:34am
Garry - How awesome about the library!!!!  And the book signing!!!  Halloween would be a great time to do one!!!  How cool!
Comment by SpotlightInterviews on September 10, 2011 at 12:25am
Many congratulations, Garry! Remember you can post details of it in the Events calendar here when you have your book signing arranged.
Comment by C.E. Hart on September 30, 2011 at 3:00am
I enjoyed your interview, and getting to know more about you and your writing. I wish you the best!
Comment by C.E. Hart on September 30, 2011 at 3:01am
Oh - and I forgot to mention... I love the cover to The Rileyville Mystery!
Comment by Catherine Green on September 30, 2011 at 8:52pm
I second that, the cover really makes me want to read the book! Great interview.


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