Saturday, February 10, 2018

Savvy Saturday: An Interview with E. Jourdan Lewis

E. Jourdan Lewis is a new author with Champagne Book Group, and with her new book, Rush, out, we thought it would be fun to introduce her and learn a bit more about how she became a writer. Let's welcome, E. Jourdan Lewis!

1. When and why did you begin writing?

I wrote my first story in the 3rd grade. I loved to read and wanted to become an author. For career day that year I showed up dressed as myself. As an eight-year-old I believed I was already an author and didn’t need anything but a pencil.

2. Tell us your latest news.

I am currently writing two books at the same time. I don’t recommend it! However, it’s going fairly well and I hope to have one of them sent out into the world soon.

3. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

In one part of my mind I always considered my true self to be a writer. The world convinced me I had to be something else to make a living. Around the age of sixteen I thought well, I’m a writer but I’ll just keep that a secret. It wasn’t until I turned twenty-two that I began saying “I’m a writer but my day job…” Now, much later I just go ahead and proudly say: “I’m an author. Please buy my books.”

4. Do you have a specific writing style?

I would say my specific writing style would be to use as many of the six senses as possible in descriptions. I don’t want my main character to only see their surroundings but to be immersed in them. Smell is a big one for me. The smallest scent can bring forth a dream, memory, or an idea. I know I said six senses up there. Haha! However, I do consider emotions and the inner spirit to be the sixth sense I always include.

5. How did you come up with the title?

A little too easily. My title the name of my main character.

6. Is there a message in your novel you want readers to grasp?

The biggest message I would like for my readers to grasp is that family’s come in all shapes and sizes. We are all born into a one biologically but it’s the people we choose to hold onto who truly become our family.

7. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Action scenes! It’s like choreographing a violent dance. I’m a terrible choreographer. I always have a handful of people read over my action scenes to ensure the picture is clear and gripping.

8. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part of writing my book was discovering I may not always agree with what my characters want or believe. I had to allow them room to breathe and grow. For me, Noor had to endure the biggest transformation. I had to go through a similar one at his age. It was interesting to relive it through him.

9. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My interest in writing stemmed from my love of reading. The book series Amber Brown, sticks out to me as a book I felt I could have written. I was only nine when I read the series but I couldn’t help but believe I could do it. A little big for my britches, I know. Haha.

10. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

While writing this book I started to get in a hurry. When I hurry, the story suffers. It usually gets me stuck into a corner I can’t find my way out of and I start to panic. I learned a huge lesson about slowing down and allowing the story to flow out of me. Also, it’s okay to set the book down and walk away for a few days or even a week. Rest is important for the creative brain.

11. Do you have any advice for other writers?

The hardest part is to just sit down and do it. For real, “butt in chair” is where it all begins. If you have a story in your head just write it. Don’t worry if it’s good enough or if you’re good enough. If you want to be a writer and you have something written down, congratulations: You’re one of us.

12. Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers?

Thank you. Thank you for reading my words. I hope you enjoyed them.

13. What inspired you to write your first book?

I was obsessed with World War II when I was about twelve. I tried to write many books where young girls were hiding from Germans. I didn’t know what I was doing but I tried. I only ever got two or three pages in before I realized the book had to be more than just my characters huddled in attics with little food.

14. Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I’m working on two books at the same time right now. I wouldn’t recommend it. Haha. One of them is a fantasy middle grade about Peter Pan’s great granddaughter, Lucy. Neverland has called Lucy to restore the magic and become the next Pan. The story is a small step away from the original Peter Pan, but it’s equally magical and creative. I’m very excited about it.

15. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Both. I have a very strange habit of insetting my sister into each of my books. She’s a massive exclamation point. In Rush, Estelle, is a small representation of my sister. My sister struggled for years with an eating disorder. When she was sick she wasn’t always kind even when she loved a person.

I love to use daily conversations and moments that I have in my writing. A few key moments in the book are straight out of my own life or something I have said. I have a very long fuse when it comes to anger. When I get upset it’s a small explosion. I used this with Rush. He has a long fuse and it fizzles quickly.

About the Author:

E Jourdan Lewis was born in raised in Boerne, Texas. She loves the quiet life in her small town and enjoys spending time with her family and close friends. She is a serious Disney Fanatic and her entire life revolves around stories of all kinds. She is a part-time writer, part-time YouTuber, and full-time mother to her Malti-Poo Minnie. Rush is her first novel with many more to come.

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