Today I have the privilege of interviewing author Gay Lewis.
Welcome, Gay, to The Write Power. We are delighted to have you with us today.
Thank you MaryAnn for having me as a guest. I love your title, The Write Power.
Thank you, Gay. It’s the Lord’s doing. 🙂 He wanted a blog that would exalt Him as our only Source of writing power. Gay, please tell us a little about yourself and your writing.
I probably seem boring to people around me. Like Ben Franklin, I go to bed early and rise early. The worst thirty minutes of my day is that two mile walk thing. The best part of my day is when I finish the dreaded event. Using writing deadlines is a good excuse to forget exercise, don’t you think?
I’m a pastor’s wife in a bi-vocational church and live west of Houston in Fulshear, TX. When I was eight years old, I knew God wanted me in special service. As I child, I thought assisting the Lord meant years as a missionary in an exotic country. Ten years after my decision to make this sacrifice of home and country, I married a Baptist minister. My husband felt called to ministry, but not to missions. Except for our first year in Oklahoma, we’ve served in Texas.
For ages, my husband provided leadership as Senior Pastor in large churches, but by his choice, we now serve in a lovely, smaller one. Three languages are spoken in our pocket-sized congregation—English, Spanish, and Chinese. I teach adult Bible study during the first hour, lead music the second hour and direct Kid Jam Time when I’m finished. Sunday mornings exhaust me. I come home on Sunday and relax with a good book. I’ve always been an avid reader, and my favorite genre is inspirational fiction. Alas! Just not enough time to read all the wonderful books out there.
When did you become aware that God had called you to write for Him? Was it a single moment in time or a gradual realization?
When I accepted God’s early call, I knew I wanted to include all methods of service: speaking, teaching, writing, and music—probably in that order. Even at the age of six, I told Bible stories to the congregation. As a teenager, I wrote plays and produced them for the church. In later years, I produced two videos sold in the retail market. The Canadian Rockies is a movie featuring Banff and Lake Louise, and I included many Scripture references. A reviewer once asked me if I’d planned The Rockies for the secular or Christian market. I replied, “Both.” This video could be purchased in English or Japanese, NTSC or Pal. It traveled the world, and the response verified all types of people enjoyed it—the believer and the nonbeliever. Writing for the secular world and adding Christian principles is a way to reach the doubter.
Yes, that’s a very good point. What, in your opinion, is the purpose of Christian fiction?
My purpose is to share my faith in an entertaining, humorous and uplifting way. In my angel series, I show the need for forgiveness of sins and the way to salvation, but I don’t do it in a preachy way. Sarah, my little bumbling angel brings comedy with nuggets of spiritual wisdom. My goals are to disciple believers and reach unbelievers. As writers if we sermonize too much, people may skip those parts or close the book entirely.
Do you have a typical writing day? If so, would you describe it?
My day begins with me checking the weather for that dreaded work-out thing. If the news predicts rain or extreme temperature, my day includes a trip to the gym. After news and coffee, I’m off to the computer. Once finished with email and social media, I open my work in progress and edit the previous day’s work. Then it is time to put on the athletic shoes. While I’m out there pounding the streets or treadmill, I pray, listen to music and think about my next chapter. My mind jumps from one subject to another in a scatterbrained fashion. Sarah and I have much in common. Some of her bungles came from my personal experiences—I act without adequate thought, and so does she. As soon as I return home from the exercise excursion, I spend the rest of the day writing. I stop when my husband comes home.
If you could start over in your writing career, what would you do differently? What would you do the same?
If I could start over, I’d start sooner with Sarah, my bumbling angel. She has been well received and is an avenue to accomplish my goals. What would I do the same? I’d once more seek publishing with Prism Book Group. The owner, editors and authors in this company are supportive and we share the same aspirations.
What, in your opinion, is the most important quality a Christian writer must cultivate?
Faithfulness to our craft and to our Lord and His church. I know some authors who devotedly serve in their church, and I know others who write on Sunday and miss Bible study and sermons.The parishioner finds inspiration and the church also receives a blessing from the attendant.
What has been your most difficult challenge so far on your writing journey?
If stories don’t progress well, or books don’t get published fast enough, I battle disappointment. If sales aren’t enormous, I combat the fear of failure. I remind myself that God is in control, and His timing is perfect. Even though this kind of self-talk is true, I often find it difficult to accept.
What has been your greatest blessing so far on your writing journey?
To have products on the market that benefit the Lord. This includes the videos, periodicals and books. I’m amazed He allows me to serve Him, and I’m astonished at some of the comments that come my way. My heart is blessed when someone finds hope and comfort through something I’ve written. To be a tool in God’s hands is my greatest blessing.
What single piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Never, never, never give up. Didn’t Winston Churchill inspire with those words? I’d also suggest starting as soon as possible. Even if you can give only ten minutes a day toward your story, do it.
Thank you, Gay, for visiting us today. I invite our readers to check out Gay’s website at www.GayNLewis.com and her blog at http://www.gaynlewis.blogspot.com. You may also wish to check out Gay’s publisher at http:www.prismbookgroup.com.
27 thoughts on “Interview with Author Gay Lewis”
I love how humble Gay continues to be. A sentence that gave me thought was her comment about “…and the church also receives a blessing by the attendant.”
I love angel Sarah and her loveable bumbling ways!
Thanks Sheri! You are a talented story teller yourself. Get those stories down on paper and seek a publisher.
Nice blog and interview. Gay’s a great author.
Thanks Mary, and so are you. I love your book, Escape to Big Fork Lake.
Lovely interview with a lovely lady.
Awww! Thanks Georgina!
Thank you MaryAnn. You asked some really great questions!
You are most welcome, Gay. Thank YOU for your willingness to be interviewed.
What a great interview! Thanks for sharing with us Gay. I must admit I feel a little bit like Sarah from time to time. I have a tendency to “bumble” around as well!It’s nice not to be alone.
Thanks Lanissa. I think that’s why we all relate to Sarah. Many of us bumble, especially me!
Thanks Betsy. I need to hear those reminders about the workouts. LOL about the energy part. I think that’s a myth physical trainers give to us to keep us going. I appreicate your friendship from way back when.
Seven miles? And I complain about two? I started out withInspirational Women’s Fiction, but when the Lord gave me the idea about a goof-up angel, I switched to Romance/Inspirational/Fantasy. As you know from reading it, Sarah: Laney’s Angel has a bit of suspense in it. I’m combining several genres. Try it!
Gay is an awesome author. Can’t wait for Sarah’s next adventure.
I’m ready for the world to meet Sarah again. Laney doesn’t know how much Sarah helped as well as hindered her.
Gay Lewis, She’s an inspiration to her fans , friends and family. She’s an Agent of God, Author, Mother, and friend of mine.
Congratulations on the book and am looking forward to the next one.
Thank you MaryAnn for having her as a guest.
How nice of you to thank MaryAnn. Thoughtful. I”m also thankful to MaryAnn.
Wonderful interview, ladies! I, too, am amazed at all Gay manages to accomplish. I could never (physically) handle having so much on my plate all the time, but I greatly admire those who can. You’re an inspiration, Gay, and I’m so glad God saw fit to link our lives, at least in the cyber world. You’ve been a blessing!
Thanks Delia. There are many inspirational people out there, and I don’t consider me as one of them. I’m grateful we know each other through the cyber world. If we don’t actually meet this side of heaven, we will chat in person in the next!
Gay, I loved your interview and the blog itself. I can’t wait to read the new Sarah book.
Thanks KJ. I’m pleased you will read Sarah.
Thanks! I’m happy you want to read about Sarah’s goofy adventures. She never intends to misbehave. It just happens.
Great interview and Sarah sounds like such a delightful character who will carry a series well.
Maryann, thanks for introducing me to a new author!
Elaine, I welcome you as a new reader! I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!
You are most welcome, Betty. 🙂 Thank YOU for your comments.
MaryAnn and Gay, Gasp: what a spectacular, ebullient and incredible interview: You are both so extremely inspirational to me. Gay, you sound like someone I would love having as a best friend. Wonderful advice, and lovingly overflowing with the Lord’s blessed presence.
Gay, sure wish I could make you celebrate those two miles of walking.
Thanks Skye! I love your name, it’s perfect for a heroine. Thanks for the uplifting comment.