his new horror paranormal novel, The
Muse: A Novel of Unrelenting Terror.
Lewis (aka R.J. Lewis) is an award-winning author, entertainer and magician. He
has experienced every level of show business from street-performing to
Magazine of Horror, Weird Tales, and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine.
He also has been published in the anthology The Ultimate Halloween. His
novel Homes & Watkins, The Mystery of the Manacled Man, was a
finalist in the 2016 Murder & Mayhem Novel Competition for Chanticleer Book
collaborated on several films including: DOWN IN
FLAMES, The True Story of Tony ‘Volcano’ Valenci – which has won seven Film Festival awards. His screenplay
for DUMMY (co-written with Pamela Wess) is the winning screenplay for the 2017
Garden State Film Festival. It also won 4th place in the 2016 Writer’s Digest
to his wife, Debra, and has one daughter Rayna. He is currently performing on
the Princess Cruise Line as the ‘Magic
Maker’ in the hit show, MAGIC TO DO.
Arjay. Please tell us about your current release, The Muse.
his hobby as a brutal serial killer, he possesses a living creature within his
body that enables him to write brilliantly as well as avoid capture. On his
trail is Sheriff Neil Trajan, who is sure Court murdered his wife three years
and through a series of events finds its way to down-on-his-luck author Harry
Godwine, who begins to write on a much higher level.
changes, and he has become obsessed with recovering his lost companion.
a trail of destruction, while pursued by Trajan and his FBI associate, Bill
have to die so that he can retrieve it?
inspired you to write this book?
called The Dark. I had never written horror before
and the idea of a night guard who saw things in the dark—that were actually
there— was a leap for me. (That story eventually sold to H.P. Lovecraft
Magazine of Horror.)
King had been hit by a truck in Maine that I had the oddest feeling, and I
thought to myself, “It was as if something needed that story to be written and
since he couldn’t, it moved to me.” This, of course, was the height of ego. Mr.
King is an amazing wordsmith and teller of tall tales, and far more adept a
writer than I. But the thought stuck with me and I wondered what it would be
like if there was something— an actual physical entity that could help people
write— and not just write, but write best sellers.
Muse: A Novel of Unrelenting Terror:
She gave a nod to Franz and the image began to advance. Neil
could see the internal organs move slowly as Godwine drew breath.
Suddenly, the nautilus shape turned an even brighter shade
of yellow and quivered. It happened so quickly that Neil thought it was a trick
of the eye.
“What the hell—” was all Neil could say.
“What did we just see?” Morris asked, stunned as well.
Dr. Ross pulled the pencil eraser with her teeth as she
chose her words carefully. “Whatever it is, it’s alive.”
exciting story are you working on next?
THE MIND” series coming. It is a first-person Mystery series following a
psychic detective who works with the local police.
I call the “Ultimate Urban Fantasy” being released in 2018.
did you first consider yourself a writer?
stories are always coming to me. First, plays and scripts for live Murder
Mystery shows. (www.lethallaughs.com). Then I wrote short stories that were
published. I then starting to write novels in the 1990’s.
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 write?
cruise ship, and perform about 3 days a week. I write in the morning, every
morning. I achieve a minimum of 1,000 words a day.
would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
to write in the morning. I choose a comfortable chair near the door. So, people
think I am there to answer questions, which I try to do politely, and get back
a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?