Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Candid Interview With Author Brittany Lewis




Tell us about who you are and where you’re from.
I’m a Marine wife and mother of two young children. We currently live in North Carolina, but my husband and I are both originally from Massachusetts.


 Did you always want to be an author and what inspired you?
 I’ve been writing since I was in Middle School. I wrote my first book, a collection of poetry entitled Shine Through the Darkness, when I was in 7th and 8th grade. I published that book last year. I have always had a difficult time talking about my feelings, and I express myself better through writing.


 Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. It depends on what I’m writing about. While I was writing Finding Freedom, the first novel in The Zion Series, writing usually exhausted me because I put so much emotion into that book.
Can you tell me a little about your writing process?
Sure! After I’ve thought of an idea for a novel I write out the general summary, usually only a paragraph. Then I expand it, making it three paragraphs. This gives me the summary of the entire plot, beginning, middle and end.
Since I write Young Adult, my books are usually between 40,000-60,000 words and normally have 20-25 chapters. I estimate that I want around 20 chapters in my book with each chapter being 2,000-3,000 words. After that, I break the chapter down into scenes. I only use a few words to summarize a scene and I do this in list format. This way if I know I’ll be somewhere where I’m waiting for something, I can jot down those few words on what the scene is about and write it while I’m out. I’ve actually written a lot of my work by texting it to myself while I’m out and then typing it later.
When I’ve gotten about half of my first draft done I send it out chapter by chapter to my first beta reader. She reads each chapter and makes corrections. After those corrections are made I send it to my editor. Then the third draft goes to another proofreader. I normally start writing another book the day after I finish my rough draft.


When do you write?
I’m a stay at home mom of two young kinds (seven and two) so right now I write whenever I have the time. I try to spend a total of 2-3 hours per week writing, sometimes more. Honestly, I spend the most of my time marketing.


Where do you write?
My desk is set up in the sitting area of our house, right next to the living room, so when I’m home I usually write there.


Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
Right now I am building connections. I’m currently working on a YA series and a children’s series.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes and I am very thankful for that. Many authors don’t have family support.

What is your latest book about and are you working on anything new?
I am currently writing the third book in The Zion Series, Reunited, and I am actively pitching my children’s series to agents and publishers. My children’s series was created to help teach self-help and daily living skills to children with special needs and to help promote Autism awareness and acceptance. You can keep up with new releases by following me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BLewis2008 and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BLewis2008

 Any advice for aspiring writers?
Learn to both accept and expect rejection. You will get a lot of rejections. Develop thick skin and keep going. Perseverance is the key to success.