In 1965, an object fell from space, somewhere near Kecksburg, PA. This was the same year that Alan was born. To date, no connection has been made between the two events but that hasn’t stopped the conspiracy theorists from speculating.
D. Alan Lewis is an ‘alleged’ native of Chattanooga, Tennessee who now resides in Nashville with his children. In 2006, Alan took the reins of the NWMG’s Novelist Group where he works with new and aspiring writers, leads writing and publishing workshops, and has worked to publish their 4 anthologies.
Alan’s debut novel, a fantasy murder mystery, The Blood in Snowflake Garden was a finalist for the 2010 Claymore Award. Alan’s other books include, The Lightning Bolts of Zeus from Dark Oak and The Bishop of Port Victoria from Pro Se Press. He is also editing of 3 anthologies for Dark Oak Press, Luna’s Children: Full Moon Mayhem, Luna’s Children: Stranger Worlds, and Capes & Clockwork.
He also has short stories in a number of anthologies, including Dreams of Steam 4-Gizmos, Black Pulp, Nashville Noir, Beyond the Skyline, Comfort Foods, and Midnight Movie Creature Feature Vol.2.
Alan does freelance editing and book design for Dark Oak Press, Pro-Se Productions and Glasspage Books.
1) So, pirates in general, are they lovable rouges, just misunderstood, adventurers, romantic rebels, or are they just bandits on the sea, thieves, and murderers?
Both in reality and fiction, all of those labels could be applied. In fiction, they can be a perfect addition to a story since they can be the villains, or the lovable misfits helping the heroes along in their journey. I think that is one reason writers tend to use them as much as they do. They are versatile and easily adapted into whatever role the story needs.
2) Why did you decide to write about pirates?
Since I was a kid, I’ve always been fascinated by pirates, both as villains and heroes. As it turned out, I’d just finished a pirate short story for an upcoming anthology from Pro Se Press when the submission call came out for A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder. That story was a fictional but realistic version of the lady pirate, Anne Bonny’s last adventure. So, when I saw the call, it wasn’t a stretch to come up with something unique.
3) Do you have a favorite historical pirate, if so, who is it and why?
Anne Bonny has always been a favorite. In my steampunk novel, The Lightning Bolts of Zeus, one of the characters talks about Anne Bonny being her hero and tells a story about her. Afterward, I ended up writing Anne Bonny’s Revenge for Pro Se Press’s upcoming anthology, Tall Pulp. She has a unique history and life story that begs for someone to write about her.
My story, The Celeste Affair, is a steampunk adventure based on characters from my steampunk novel, The Lightning Bolts of Zeus. In that book, the heroes are a pair of sister named Jasmine and Thyme Hawke (aka The Hawke Girls). This story is set many years earlier when Jasmine is a little girl and Thyme hasn’t been born yet. Their mother, Anastasia Hawke is the central character. So we get to see who the Hawke Girls learned the tricks if the spy game from.
But in addition to that, I love linking my stories with my novels. So, in the second Hawke Girls’ novel, elements from this story will appear in the book.
5) What is the best constructive criticism you’ve ever received and who gave it to you?
Grow a thick skin. Some people are not going to like anything you do and will be vocal about it. Listen to the criticism, learn from it but don’t let it stop you from moving forward.
6) Is there a book you read again and again? Why?
Douglas Adams’ The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul. I just love it.
7) How much do you read?
Not as much as I’d like. 2 or 3 a month.
Do you like to read your own work out loud to an audience?
I’m not a great public speaker, so
I prefer not to read out loud. I have a few times, but it usually try to avoid
8) Is there an author you try to emulate? Why?
I try not to emulate anyone. But before writing certain stories, I’ll read something by a favorite author as a means of getting my head in that mindset.
Typically when writing my pulp stories, I tend to read some Ian Fleming beforehand. Just as a refresher on how a pro writes. When writing horror, I may read a short story by Stephen King.
Thank you, Mr. Lewis.
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