Friday, November 19, 2021

Blaze In, Blaze Out by Joseph Lewis - Book Tour

 Book Blurb

Working with a joint multi-law enforcement task force, Detective Pat O'Connor infiltrated a Ukrainian crime family. Headed by Dmitry Andruko. O'Connor and his control, Detective Paul Eiselmann were the lynchpins in the guilty verdict

The two detectives thought it was over.

Eiselmann planned for a quiet weekend with his family at home. O'Connor planned on attending a high school soccer game and then head to Northern Wisconsin for a fishing trip with another cop, Detective Jamie Graff and four teenage, adopted brothers: George Tokay, Brian Evans, Brett McGovern, and Michael Two Feathers.

But Andruko is ruthless and vindictive. From his prison cell, he hires two contract killers to kill both O'Connor and Eiselmann and anyone else in the way. The killers can be anyone. The killers could be anywhere, and the killers could strike at any time.

The quiet weekend and the short vacation turn into a deadly nightmare as O'Connor's and Eiselmann's lives and the lives of the four boys are in peril.

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Author Q&A

1.     What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
- I love my characters, and I hate putting them in harm’s way. Yet, for a story to be told with heart and feeling, this is what I do. I don’t like it, but I do it. I’ve had readers “yell” at me through reviews and email. This tells me they love my characters, too.

2. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
          - Don’t take life so seriously. Don’t listen to critics, to those who don’t know you, who don’t want to get to know you. Keep reading, keep writing, and study harder and more effectively.

3. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
          - After school while I waited for my father to pick me up, I waited in the library. I’d sit on the floor between the stacks and read one book after another. One book I picked randomly became a favorite: Seminole. I can’t remember the author, but I loved the story and the adventure. I tried to look it up recently and sadly, couldn’t find it.

4. If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
          - I would love to sit at the dinner table with my characters in the Evans family. Each character is unique and each adds depth to my stories. I enjoy the way they tease one another and how they care and protect one another. I have a feeling we’d laugh quite a bit.

5. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
          - No, not really. It came to me. Growing up, I wanted to sing and be an actor. My parents urged me to select a major in college where “I would amount to something.” It bothers me that I caved in so easily, but my parents meant the best for me. I wrote a short story that was published in 1987, and it wasn’t until 2014 when Taking Lives, the Prequel to the Lives Trilogy was published. I would suggest that one should never give up on a dream. Life is too short to fill it with regrets.

6. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
          - Honest, sincere, caring.

7. What is your most unusual writing quirk?
          - I need to write with noise. After supper, I sit at the kitchen table. The TV is on. The dogs are playing. My wife talks to me (or falls asleep on the couch), and I write. I cannot write in isolation, unless I come to a particularly tough passage where I need to be separate. Sometimes, I will write with my headphones playing music (anything from modern country to sixties rock and roll).

8. What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
          - My all-time favorite is Stand By Me. It was after watching that movie the first time when I wrote the rough draft to the short story that was published. Since then, I must have watched it hundreds of times. It still moves me and I still get something from it.

9. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
          - I liken writing and publishing a book to giving birth. It takes me approximately nine months to a year from idea to publication. That includes the edits and rewrites.

10. How do you select the names of your characters?
          - Randomly, or in some cases, I use the names of friends of mine with their permission. They get a kick out of it. In the case of James “Skip” Dahlke and Jamie Graff, they were instrumental in supplying me information, correction and detail on Stolen Lives and the trilogy. Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann were childhood friends of mine. Mostly though, I randomly pick names I think might fit with the story and the character.

11. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
          - Three of my characters: Brett McGovern, who is a tough kid on the outside, but has a heart of gold; Brian Evans, who has been through a lot, but survived and has taken on the role of the protector; George Tokay, a full-blooded Navajo boy raised to be a spiritual leader among his people, but tragedy stepped in and prevented that from happening. At his core is a spirituality that pervades his being.

12. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
          - Keep writing! Read as much or more than you write. I believe that creativity can be strengthened, but you have to be determined and persistent. Set a routine and stick to it.

13. What book do you wish you had written?
          - Lord of the Flies. It is my all-time favorite book. The struggle between good and bad and evil. Kids having to fend for themselves, yet surviving somehow. I believe you will see bits and pieces of that book in my writing.

14. Tell us 5 fun facts about yourself!
          - I am the second youngest of a family of ten.

          - We grew up poor, yet we had it all, because we had each other.

          - As a principal, instead of giving a principal address at graduation, I picked a song that I felt fit the class, or a song I felt had a message I wanted to give them, and I sang it to them. It was a tradition for the 23 years I was an administrator. There are past grads who still contact me and tell me they heard “their song.”

          - I was on stage singing and acting ever since the fourth grade.

          - I appeared in a high school production of Bye, Bye Birdie with my brother Jack and my sister Kathy when I was in fifth grade. I was Randolph, and my brother was my dad, my sister was my sister.

15. What is your favorite genre to read?
          - I read thriller-crime-mystery, which is what I write. I seldom stray from that genre, though I read several different authors within that genre. My favorites are Baldacci, Patterson, and Sandford. I also read Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Peter Straub.


After having been in education for forty-five years as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator, Joseph Lewis has semi-retired and now works part-time as an online learning facilitator. He uses his psychology and counseling background in crafting psychological thriller/mysteries. He has taken creative writing and screen writing courses at UCLA and USC. 

 Lewis has published seven books, all available on Amazon and each to excellent reviews: Taking Lives (August 2014; May 2021) the prequel to the Lives Trilogy; Stolen Lives (November 2014; May 2021) Book One of the Lives Trilogy; Shattered Lives (March 2015; May 2021) Book Two of the Trilogy; and Splintered Lives (November 2015; May 2021) Book Three of the Trilogy each from True Visions Publications, and then re-issued by Black Rose Writing; Caught in a Web (April 2018) from Black Rose Writing, which was a PenCraft Literary Award Winner for Crime Fiction and named “One of the Best Crime Fiction Thrillers of 2018!” by Best Thrillers; Spiral Into Darkness (January 2019) from Black Rose Writing, which was named a Recommended Read by Author’s Favorites. His newest, Betrayed November 2020 is a Maxy Award Runner-Up for Mystery-Suspense, a Literary Titan Silver Book Award Winner, and a Reader’s Favorite 5 Star Rating Winner. Blaze In, Blaze Out is currently available for preorder and will be released January 6, 2022. Lewis is currently working on another thriller-crime-mystery.

 Born and raised in Wisconsin, Lewis has been happily married to his wife, Kim. Together they have three wonderful children: Wil (deceased July 2014), Hannah, and Emily. He and his wife now reside in Virginia.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this fab Q&A, loved it! Thank you for being a part of the tour!


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