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Lorna LA Lewis..... An Author with a Pen To Motivate
Lorna “L.A. Lewis” is an author, educator, and motivational speaker. L.A. was hit by the writing "bug" in the spring of 2009, she self-published her first novel Dirty Little Secrets and her daily devotional The Gift of An Abundant Life within weeks of each other. Both books received raved reviews. In March 2012, she published her second novel Dirty Little Secrets II: Expect the Unexpected. L.A. has also written a motivational book Why Not Me?!
She is a contributing author to a best-selling anthology Motherhood Diaries penned by ReShonda Tate Billingsley. L.A. Lewis landed a book deal with Brown Girls Publishing. A publishing company owned by two National Best Selling Authors. L.A.'s next novel Sex, Lies, and Secrets is expected to be released Summer 2015. She is currently working on her fourth novel, Wife Swap. L.A. Lewis is very passionate about teaching. Being a published author has opened the doors for many speaking engagements, where she’s able to motivate and encourage her audience to believe in themselves enough to know that they can do anything they desire to do. Her theme comes from her inspirational book, Why Not Me? Her goal is to inspire others to step out and live their lives with purpose. L.A. believes in being a living example of what happens when you decide to push fear aside and allow faith to dictate your moves.
Although L.A. loves the fact that she's an author, the titles that she's most proud of are wife and mother. Her husband Cornelius, and their two children are her biggest cheerleaders. "I work hard because I want to leave a legacy for my children and my grandchildren. I want their lives to be ten times better than mine, and my life is really good." L.A. Lewis says.
As you know the literacy industry is an easy network to enter, nowadays, with everyone either writing a book or publishing a book with the help of a ghostwriter. How has your journey been and what tactics do you use in order to make your writing stand out? My journey through this process has been very exciting and rewarding. I really don’t have to do much for my writing to stand out. I believe that we each have our own individual style and voice. I never try to mimic anyone when I’m writing. I use the imagination and creativity that God gave me.
What inspired you to write “Motherhood Diaries”? The opportunity to submit my story for the Motherhood Diaries Anthology actually came to me. It was a couple months after my 18 month old daughter passed away in her sleep. Though that was a tough pill to swallow, I allowed my faith to get me through. When I was asked to share my story I wasn’t sure if I was ready to open up because the womb was still so fresh, but I also knew that my story could possibly help another mother who’s experienced the same tragedy as I did. I needed others to see that there is life after the pain, and even though it’s tough we can get through it with prayer and faith. My section in the anthology is titled “Diary of a Grieving Mother.”
One thing I often hear from Mothers is the pain of traveling and being away from their kids to sell a book, sing a song, or act in the next movie, how do you balance your career as a writer, along with making sure your children and husband receive their time with you. I’m blessed to have a family that understands what I’m doing and are 100% supportive. Whenever I’m away my husband steps in and does whatever it takes to make sure the house still runs smoothly. My time with them is very precious, so when we are together we take advantage of it by eating together, going on walks, playing games, and of course our family movie night.
Now you have self-published books and published books through a publisher. If an aspiring author came to you trying to decide which publishing route to take, what would you tell them and why? I’ll advise an aspiring author to do their research, then determine which route works best for them. I believe there are pros and cons to each one. If an author is very business-minded and loves being in control, then self-publishing is definitely the way to go because it is a business. If an author is like me, and really doesn’t want to deal with the business side of it, but would rather spend their time writing and marketing, then the traditional publishing route would be best for them.
Your book “Dirty Little Secret” asks the question, “What happens when life as you know gets a little dirty”? A book of secrets and lessons learned, why do you think people keep secrets and what message does this book convey to the reader? I believe people keep secrets because their relationship is missing something that doesn’t allow them to feel comfortable enough to open up to their partner. This book shows what happens when there’s lack of communication within a marriage, and how secrets can not only destroy your life, but also the lives of those you love.
In 50 words or less, Why should our readers support your book and lesson can we expect to learn? Readers should support my books because I write about real life issues. With each book I write I always have two goals in mind: 1. Entertain my readers and 2. Leave them with a powerful message. Something that will have them thinking long after the book is finished.
So what can our readers expect from you, next? A group of very talented authors and I collaborated and wrote a nonfiction book titled, Baring it All: The Ins and Outs of Publishing. We wrote this book for anyone who’s new to publishing or thinking about publishing a book. It covers everything from marketing to submitting your work to an agent. It’s a book I wish I had five years ago when I first published. This book will be available July 30th. After that we have a romance anthology coming out in August. This book is title Signed, Sealed, Delivered…I’m Yours. We all selected a Motown song and wrote a romance short story around it. It’s different from anything else you may have read, and it’s guaranteed to be a page turner. In addition to writing with this group, I’m also still working on a couple titles on my own. My next novel Wife Swap is expected to be released February 2015, and I’m going to expand my romance short story into a full novel. I also have a motivational book, Why Not Me? This book is written to change the mindset of everyone who feels they’re not good enough to fulfill their dreams. It’s based on scripture and shows you that God intended for all of us to live a life of abundance. Why Not Me? Is the message I spread whenever I’m requested to speak at an event.
Keep up with L.A. Lewis at www.lalewisexpressions.com