Sunday, January 24, 2016

Author Spotlight: Audrey N Lewis




Author Spotlight

In this weeks author spotlight, I meet up with award-winning author, Audrey N Lewis, to discuss her anthology, Everybody has a story... These are ours... a collection of short stories.


What is your anthology about?   
Family relationships. Friendships. Finding our Place. This collection is a series of narratives exploring events, experiences and memories. Each short work, while unique, brings the reader in touch with the inner monologue of the characters bringing their reality to life. Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Daughter, Son, Wife, and Husband – this book pulls together seven independent stories into a compelling, and thought-provoking anthology.  While the focus is on the women – the men in these stories provide an interesting counterpoint. Readers meet: Lexi’s mom, as she struggles to understand her daughter; Abigail, now grown, remembering her nanny Chamele and the life lessons she shared; a sister trying to forge an adult relationship with a once-adored older sibling; a woman finding beauty in a place others have forgotten; another woman finding a true understanding of what holds meaning to her; Claire, the empty-nester and her “girls night out” group with an unusual twist, and Megan – lost but not forgotten. But don’t judge a book by its cover, in each story nothing is exactly as it seems. 
 
What inspired you to write this book?So many stories, so many emotions, so many questions. I felt like the only way to get them out was to write.

Who is your favourite, and least favourite, character in the book?
My favorite character is probably Megan from Fading Frost and her ability to survive.  My least favorite is Jillian from Girls Night Out.

What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?
This is the first time I have written short stories. I am currently writing my first novel.

Is this a standalone book, or can we expect more?
This is a stand alone book but I am writing a novel.

Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember, however it wasn’t until this past year that I was able to do so as an adult.

Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?
I don’t have a favorite novel, it really depends on where I am at the time. I loved  Bees and Mist and was intrigued with The Righteous Men

If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?
Write, write, write. Believe in yourself and write for yourself. If you are true to your being, you will succeed.



Where can we find your anthology?
 Amazon

Where can we find out more about you?
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads




55 comments:

  1. Love this! Peaks my interest to read the book!

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    1. Thank you for your interest Ashley, I hope you will indeed have a chance to read it and that you will feel free to contact me with any thoughts or questions
      Audrey

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  2. It hasn't been true always, but I actually enjoy reading short stories. It takes a lot of discipline to write a concise story and that readers will care about.

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    1. Lydia,
      I so appreciate your comment about writing short stories, for me it was a bit easier as I just allowed it to flow before I would quit one and then ...I'd go on to the next. They seemed to be products of turing myself on and letting go.
      Audrey

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  3. This sounds like something I'd love to read. I wish it was available on Kindle!

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    1. Becca,
      This is something I might consider in the future, but the old school in me feels that there is still something very special about the printed page. Feel free to contact me through my goodreads author page. All the best, Audrey

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  4. I love anthologies. You really get a good look at a writer's mind.

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    1. Deb,
      Please feel free to contact me via my Goodreads Author page if you'd like to ask me any questions.
      Thanks,
      Audrey

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  5. I love reading short stories but haven't read any in a while. This book looks very intriguing!

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    1. Logan,
      Hope you'll have a chance to read it, and I'd love to hear from you with any input after.
      Thank you so much,
      Audrey

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  6. This makes me want to read this book. I love anthologies and need to pick up this one!

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    1. Kiersten,
      Thank you so much for your interest, I hope you will enjoy it and would love to hear from you via Goodreads or Facebook.
      thanks,
      Audrey

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  7. I really love reading short stories collections! I love that I can get through an entire one before I need to go to sleep and don't end up staying up all night!

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  8. When I have time, I like the short stories like this. It sounds pretty interesting as she writes about experiences rather than a story about a character

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    1. Laura,
      I hope you will enjoy this collection. I think that life is an experience filled with characters and have done my best to share their stories.
      Feel free to contact me after you've read them,
      Audrey

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  9. Believing in yourself is crucial no matter what you're trying to accomplish. Sounds like a great read.

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    1. Jill,
      You are so right. It is so important to believe in yourself.
      May you do just that and enjoy the journey as well.
      Best to you,
      Audrey

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  10. It is truly interesting to meet with books authors! Someday I also want to interview one

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    1. Veronica,
      Don't hesitate to reach out to authors for an interview. If you want to contact me feel free to reach out via my goodreads author page.
      all the best,
      Audrey

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  11. This sounds interesting. I always love reading and supporting new authors since I'm a writer as well. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Amber,
      Thanks for your interest and support.
      Keep writing.
      Wishing you the best,
      Audrey

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  12. This sounds really interesting! That would be so cool to talk with an author to get their take on everything! I'll check this book out!

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    1. Kaleigh,
      Feel free to contact me if you would like, I love to share.
      You can contact me through my Goodreads author page or my Facebook fan page, Everybody has a story these are ours.
      best to you,
      Audrey

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  13. I love reading about new authors! I plan to be one myself, seems like a great book!

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    1. Nate,
      Wishing you well on your writing endeavors.
      All my best,
      Audrey

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  14. Thanks for sharing this book. I liked reading the interview!

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    1. Thank you Mary.

      Wishing you a wonderful day,
      Audrey

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  15. This anthology sounds like it is right up my alley! I love stories of family, friendship, and finding our place in this world. I also like reading collections barbecue you can start and stop so much easier.

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    1. Stacey,
      Thank you so much for your interest, I hope you will have a chance to read this. We all need to find our place, even when sometimes it is not exactly where or what we think it should be.
      All my best,
      Audrey

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  16. I love reading interviews like this. It's interesting how an author can have a least favorite character in his or her own work. Thanks for the look into the creative process.

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    1. TP Keane, does a wonderful job of coming up with such great questions. It is so refreshing to see that the process is appreciated by more than just the author. Thank you and Thank You to TP Keane

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    2. You are very welcome. It's easy to cheer for others, especially with such a great read. :)

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  17. This hits a synchronous chord with me--I just heard on the radio today about a study and subsequent book about sibling relationships and how parents affect them by showing favorites or helping one more than the other. It was a really interesting talk and seems like it would pair well with some of the stories here.

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    1. What a great comment. I 'd be very interested what program you were listening to. Perhaps you could send me a note here or at my Goodreads author page.
      Thank you,
      Audrey

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  18. Sounds like a really nice collection of essays. I don't often read short stories. I like my books to last a long long time :-) But, this sounds intriguing with all the different relationships.

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    1. Heather,
      I understand your perspective on wanting to read a book that lasts a long time, but I hope you'll remember that even a simple sentence or quote can last a lifetime. :-)
      All the best,
      Audrey

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  19. What a great interview. I like reading anthologies from time to time. I will add this to my list.

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  20. I am always looking for a good read! You never disappoint!This one has really got me interested in reading!

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    1. Eileen,

      Thank you for your interest.

      Hope you'll enjoy and have a wonderful evening,
      Audrey

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  21. I enjoy more reading short story than a novel. This book sounds intriguing, because it brings together seven independent stories into an anthology. Very interesting!

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    1. Ochalina,

      Thank you for your comments.

      All my best,
      Audrey

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  22. I like that she's using family relationships as a theme...

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    1. Andi,

      I find that family relationships whether good or bad are what makes us who we are and how we discover survival. There is so much in family relationships that centers around love that sometimes I think we forget all the lessons that come with that.
      All my best,
      Audrey

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  23. I am looking forward to reading hr short stories.

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    1. Nicole,

      Than you so much, I hope you'll enjoy.

      All my best,
      Audrey

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  24. It sounds like a great book! I will definitely give a look into it!

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    1. Amy,

      Thank you for your interest.

      Hope you have a wonderful night,all my best,
      Audrey

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  25. Nice to see an author writing about relationships of any kind and not just the romantic ones. Thanks for sharing her insights! She's awesome.

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    1. Elizabeth,

      You are so right. There are so many relationships that often we don't really want to know about, sometimes these are the best ones to share.

      All my best,
      Audrey

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  26. Interesting. I'll put it in my Good Reads to read file.

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    1. Shana,
      Thank you for your interest.
      All my best,
      Audrey

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  27. I just love spending time in reading some interesting books during weekends. I would love to read this one as it sounds like something that deals with many of our personal real life stories.

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    1. Lisa,

      Thank you so much for your interest. Indeed these stories touch on a great many emotions and relationships, not always easy or pleasant. I guess just like life.

      All my best,
      Audrey

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