My first struggle started at my birth in 1939 I weighed twelve and a half pounds and they had to use forceps to deliver me. The birth put my mother in a coma for eleven days and the doctors gave me four months to live, I spent those four months in an isolation ward. So you could say that was my biggest struggle. My parents struggled through World War 2 just like everyone else, times were hard back then and my father was a hard working coalminer, the collieries were the biggest employer in the Rhondda Valley, so at the age of fifteen I followed my father down the pit. Couple of years later and I met my wife at the local dance hall, and we got married in 1961 we have a daughter and a son and two grandchildren.How passionate are you about writing?
I am a late starter and I find I am getting more passionate as the years go by and with every book I write. I have written my biography and I keep adding to it as time goes by, it is mainly about my mining experience and the nine years I worked as a part-time fire-fighter, where I saw some horrific accidents. The one that will always be with me was the Aberfan disaster of 1966 where a coal tip slid down the mountain and buried a school killing 116 children. I helped to dig out the bodies of four little girls and their teacher; writing about that brought it all back and I was very emotional more than passionate when I wrote about that day.How long have you been writing and what inspired you to become a writer?
As I said I was a late starter, I didn’t start writing until I was in my fifties and then more as a hobby. It took me a year to write the first book, (it is still in first draft waiting for me to go over it) I wrote four more thrillers and adventure books but done nothing about it until I wrote a psychological thriller called, “Get out Of My Dreams” and I thought it might be worth having it published. Publishers Cavern of Dreams read my manuscript and said it had potential and they published my first book in 2014 and since then my passion for writing has grown.How did you get the idea for your first book?
I love the “Alex Cross” series by James Patterson, and thought I would love to have a series with a character that could help police solve crimes, something like the Castle series someone who is not a cop but helps police. So I came up with the idea of having someone that could read minds, the more I thought about it the more excited I became with all the possibilities a person like that would have, and when I came up with the name of “Joe the Magic Man” the plot thickened and the more Joe used his gift. I realised if someone had those powers the USA Government would see him as a threat to National Security and would want him eliminated, so I have got Joe trying to keep his identity a secret. But there are those in the FBI that sees Joe’s gift of reading minds as a weapon to fight crime, and Joe works with the FBI finding out information for them by reading criminals minds. I came up with the title of Joe, because he also has an addiction of getting into young women’s dreams. Book two is out on Amazon. ‘Kill the President’s Women” and I am hoping I can turn Joe the Magic Man into a series.While choosing a name for your character, what aspects do you consider that determines what you finally call them?
As each new character comes into the story I get a picture in my mind what he or she looks like, and what part they will play in the story whether its, good, bad, sexy or a killer, with that in mind I go looking for a name that I think will fit the character. And when I am writing I become those characters. (Not that I have killed anyone)Do authors in general and you in particular plan series beforehand or do they just happen?
I have written a few books that are stand alone books, (they haven’t been published yet) but when I started writing about Joe the Magic Man, I knew it was the character I was looking for to turn into a series. I have got book three and book four in the series in the pipeline.How do you choose which stories to tell?
I have loads of stories running around in my head, and when one of them sparks what I think might make a good story I write the main plot in a notebook until a later date. I have about ten such stories written down so I will go over them and choose the next one.Do you ever get writer’s block?
No thank heavens.Do you have a “reader” in mind while writing?
Yes, especially when I am writing erotica. (I will say no more about that) In my thrillers I like to write a mystery, most thriller readers like a mystery and suspense to keep them guessing.Who is the first person to read the first draft of your books?
My wife and son, and then I send it off to a proof-reader.How do you get reviews? Which was the best review you ever got?
I ask at the end of my books if they would be so kind as to leave a review. I have only got five reviews for ‘Tale of the Inn Keeper’s Niece” but they are five 5* reviews. All 5* reviews are good so I guess this is one of the best. Fascinating, Erotic, highly enjoyable. By Icingdeathe on March 20, 2016 Verified Purchase The Magic Man is invading a dream again. And so, the first quarter of the book is a sweet, innocent, almost chaste tale of young love, with Jean and Steven discovering their feelings, a beautiful story full of romance. Hand holding, stolen kisses, a lovely innocence as their feelings deepen into a stronger love. We begin to see glimpses that Jean is a very lustful young lady and she hopes to have Stephen take her virginity, but circumstances keep them from consummating their love. A family crisis forces Jean into employment. Her options sadly lacking in that time period, she gains employment at her Uncle's Inn as a barmaid. So begins Jeans new life and her journey of self discovery. Her descent or rise, depending on your point of view, into a carnal, lustful world of debauchery and decadence. This is told in such a lovely narrative, that you feel what Jean is feeling. Each new experience seems natural, an almost inevitable progression. I actually read this at the request of a friend who highly recommended it. (Thank you, Burt) He was right; I enjoyed it so much, I just purchased the first book, Get Out of my Dreams. I look forward to reading it next. Thank you Mr Lewis, for a highly enjoyable and fascinating read. For “Get out Of My Dreams” I have forty-one reviews and one of the best is. starsImaginative Fascinating Paranormal Erotic Mystery Detective Novel By ROBERT L PENCE on June 14, 2015 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase Genre: Mystery, paranormal, erotic, gritty detective film noir. Plot: A hypnotist bonds with Alice Timberlake and they form an alliance to use his talents to solve major crime mysteries, while eluding powerful government agencies that see his gift as a threat to national security and want him dead. Review: A fascinating and very imaginative book about someone that can get in your dreams and guide them the way he wants. A hypnotist with telekinetic powers. The author will keep you guessing up until the very end as to whether this person has good intentions or bad. The powerful hypnotist can be compared to Sherlock Holmes, not as a super deductive sleuth, but as someone solving mysteries with an addiction, sort of like kryptonite is to Superman. The hypnotist can be viewed as a perverted sex addict or as someone that provides erotic dream escapades. The women that receive the benefit of his dream therapy, or are victimized by his dream invasion, seem to fall under his spell and end up bonding with him. This goes contrary from the title as I felt that most of the women in the book didn't really want him out of their dreams. Summary: This book will keep your interest all the way through. Good character development. Good plot development. Smooth writing. Maybe one grammatical error. Some British word references seem out of place for California, but do not deter from a good read. I could see this book easily made into a TV series.What does the word “story” signifies for you?
Children stories, love stories or ghost stories are the imagination of the author’s that takes the reader into their story world, whether it is to find love on a romantic holiday or have a spine thrilling chill in and haunted house.Do you think an author should be bound by Genre?
No, an author should write in as many genres as they are comfortable with.Are you currently working on anything?
I am finishing off book three in the “Joe the Magic Man” series and halfway through book four.Do you have a special time or place for writing?
We have a spare bedroom that I use as my writers den and the wife brings me a mug of tea every hour to keep my old grey-cells happy.How do you promote your work? How will QuotesRain help you in your book promotion and sales, would you like to refer this platform to your author friends?
Quotesrain is one of many sites I use to advertise my books, what I like about Quotesrain is they encourage authors to help fellow authors by re-tweeting each other’s books. Quotesrain are very professional in everything they do, check out what they done for me at – quotesrain.com/book/1169/ and on Featured Authors. That’s all I can say to them is, keep up the good work.Would you like to share something with your readers and fans?
Yes, I would like to thank the readers that left a review and the one that sent me messages on FacecBook, Twitter and Pinterest (Where I have 15.000+ followers on my “Bookstore Allan J Lewis.”