Name: Mark Cobbs Lewis
Hometown: Duncan, Oklahoma
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
- Describe your book in 10 words or less. Allegory of the divisions among humans despite being overwhelmingly similar.
- What made you want to write your book? I have been very saddened by the current state of hatred and fear in our nation and world. Then it dawned on me that, in spite of what political or religious pundits may say, things are as they have always been.
- How long did it take you to write your book? Six years, off and on. I started and stopped many times.
- How do you choose the names of your characters? A few have names symbolic to their role in my book. Others I picked from signs as I drove down the road.
- What do you do when you have writer’s block? I garden or go for a walk. I do some of my best thinking when I am moving.
- What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? Part II–The Gates of Eden. I wrote it in a short time frame during a creative spurt. It helped me bring the book together.
- If you were stuck on an island and had to have one person from each category with you, who would they be and why?
- One character from your book: It would have to be Bob Jones. Who else would you want to have on a deserted island with you, but a pygmy who knew how to survive in the bush?
- One fictional character: Natty Bumppo “Hawkeye” from James Fenimore Cooper’s Deerslayer. He was my first real childhood hero.
- One famous person: I can’t give a straight answer on this one. Donald Trump, so at least the rest of the world would get a break for a while.
- Besides writing, what are your other interests? Gardening and hiking.
- Do you keep a journal? I do not keep a journal. I do write short snippets of thoughts I have from time to time and keep them in a file.
- How did you celebrate the publishing of your book? Just smiled a lot and sent the news to friends and family.
- If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main characters? Ishmael Moses (Jeff Goldblum). He has two of my favorite movie lines: “He went, out” (Powder) and “Life finds a way” (Jurassic Park).
- What did you enjoy most about working with Dorrance Publishing? You have been quick to respond to my questions, and I like the product.
- Five favorite books of all time? Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, The Social Conquest of Earth, by Edward O. Wilson, The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, and Moby Dick by Herman Melville (of course)
- One sentence of advice for other writers? Keep writing, even when you think no one will ever read it.
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