Interview with author Ian Lewis about his new thriller

Author Ian Lewis is helping me kick off the
new week. We’re chatting about his thriller, Godspeed, Carry My Bullet.
Ian Lewis prefers not to
be bound by a particular genre. Though the inspiration for his work varies, it
often finds roots in something he dreamt. He strives for a gritty realism and
maintains an interest in the humanity of his characters. His hope is that
readers find themselves haunted by his stories in the sense that the narrative
sticks with them long after they’ve finished reading, leaving them with a subtle
restlessness for more.
Mr. Lewis is the author of
The Camaro Murders, Lady in Flames, and Power in the Hands of One, all
novellas. His first full length novel, Godspeed,
Carry My Bullet
, was released in April of 2016. He has been writing since
Welcome, Ian. Please tell us about your current
The first of a two-part
series, Godspeed, Carry My Bullet is
a somewhat dystopian thriller that features an alternate history of the United
States. The recession of 2008 leads to full economic collapse. Fast forward to
2013 where the story begins, and the country has split into two governments:
the Directorate in the East and the United States Valiant in the West.
The story follows several
plot lines that tie together in unexpected ways: a would-be assassin, a nomadic
survivalist, a preacher turned vigilante, a rookie spy, and a single mother
trying to provide for her family.
What inspired you to write this book?
Many of the characters
were inspired by coworkers of mine because we had an inside joke where we were
characters in a dystopian version of the United States. I always told them I’d
write a book about it, just for fun. I didn’t initially intend to release it;
however, the story took on a life of its own. At its core, the book is meant to
serve as an allegory for failed partisan politics. The idea is that despite the
public animosity between our two parties, the representatives from either side
of the aisle are really the same people. They’re just as corrupt and
untrustworthy as the other.
Excerpt from Godspeed,
Carry My Bullet
Bobby halted and cringed
like he’d been caught. He felt as though he had an “I’m carrying a gun” sign
taped to his back. He turned to fully face the approaching MP.
The MP strode in short,
quick steps. His brow lined his face like the unbreakable edge of a knife. The
man’s eyes bulged with an accusatory glare. “Let’s see some ID,” he said.
Bobby considered running,
but only for a moment. He instead paused for a long exhale and reminded himself
that he wasn’t yet guilty. The MP had made no such proclamation. Bobby knew he
was only being stopped because that was what was promised by the flyers posted
the day before. “Sure, hang on a minute.”
“I need your labor card
and driver’s license.” The MP continued to glare, his eyes drilling imaginary
Bobby nodded, never taking
his eyes off of the other man’s MP5 which could pepper him full of 9mm bullets
before he could protest. He reached into his back pocket with his free hand and
then laid the duffel near his feet so he could fish out his IDs. Please don’t
ask about the bag, he thought as he handed over the plastic cards.
The MP breathed in heavy
rasps while sweat beaded at his hairline. He examined both IDs and looked at
Bobby’s face. Then he looked at the IDs again before handing them back to
Bobby. “You on your way to work?”
“Yes, sir.” Bobby didn’t
want to divulge any more information than required. He kept a straight face and
maintained eye contact.
“What’s in the bag?” The
man nodded to the duffel.
Bobby felt all the
confidence drain from him. He hoped his color had not followed. It was all he
could do to keep his eyes from wavering. Inside, he cursed himself for not
having a better plan. This would be his undoing. “Just some clothes. I’m
donating them to the poor.”
The MP narrowed his eyes
and shifted his weight to the other foot. His grim line of a mouth suggested he
wasn’t convinced. “Open the bag.”
Open the bag? Open the
bag!? Bobby couldn’t hesitate. To do so would appear suspicious. His only hope
now was that the man would fail to dig to the bottom. Fear and remorse mixed
into a nauseous swirl inside him. He felt sick and weak, flushed and wobbly. “Sure,
no problem.” He leaned over to unzip the bag.
What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m currently writing the
sequel to Godspeed, Carry My Bullet.
I hope to release it in 2018. In the meantime, I hope to release a completed
novel in 2017 that will stand as the third entry in a loose series featuring a
character known as the Driver, who appears in The Camaro Murders and Lady
in Flames.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself
a writer when I received a contract from Untreed Reads for The Camaro Murders. For me, that was validating. Despite the fact
that it was a novella in eBook form, I could honestly tell people that I was a
published author.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day
like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to
I don’t have the luxury of
writing full-time. So I have to make time to write, which means my lunch break
at work as well as at night after everyone goes to bed.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I get a lot of my ideas
from music. Many times a particular song will have the right vibe or the right
lyric to get the creative juices flowing. Often times it’s the theme or mood of
an entire album. I think the idea started out with wanting to attempt to write
a story based on a Pixies album. I wanted to take the lyrics and make up a
story where each song would be a chapter. I never actually did this, but I
still think it would be an interesting exercise.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A fighter pilot.
Anything additional you want to share with the
I love when readers
provide constructive reviews. If you read anything of mine, please take the
time to leave your thoughts. You can purchase Godspeed, Carry My Bullet from your favorite eBook retailer, for
only .99 cents during the month of August. Check out the landing page for
links. It also never hurts to check out my
back catalog with Untreed Reads
Thanks for being here today, Ian!

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