Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name.
Hi, Fiona! My name is Louis K. Lowy.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but moved to South Florida at a young age and have lived here every since.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m a formerfirefighter, an alumnus of Florida International University’s Creative Writing program and the recipient of a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship.
In addition tonumerous short stories, I’ve had three novels published.My latest,To Dream:Anatomy of a Humachine, isbook one of a two book series. It’s a science fiction drama spanning two centuries and crossing two planets.It revolves around an artificial intelligence struggling to find his humanity;the grieving scientist who created him in the image of her dead son; the ruthless head of the corporation who owns him; and the iron-willed leader of a rebel force seeking revenge for the death of her family and planet.
My two previous novelsare, Pedal, an inspirational tale of a 49-year-old music teacher who loses her job and struggles to reclaim her life back through bicycle racing, andDie Laughing, a humorously dark sci-fi adventure set in the 1950s.I also played bass guitar in many bands, mostly original music.
Ireside in South Florida with my wifeand our Yorkie, KC. Our daughterand our sonreside on the west coast.I’m currently working on a crime novel.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
IFWG Publishing International has scheduled my fourth novel, The Second Life of Eddie Coyne, for release in October of this year. It’s the story of a dying gambler who makes one final bet to save his soul. I’m very excited about it because the story takes the reader on a whirlwind ride with unexpected twists and turns.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing when I played music. In the different original music bands I was in, I usually wrote the lyrics. Though song lyrics and novels are different animals, they both require word manipulation, patience, and a strong sense of rhythm and flow.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Honesty, I don’t give thistoo much thought. From day one my main goal has been, and still is, to write the best stories that I could and hope that they find anaudience. Still, if you had to pin me down, I’d say I began to think of myself as a writer when my worksstarted to be published.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I initially wrote short stories. Somewhere along the way, they became longer and eventually approached novella territory. Around this time I was working on a sci-fi piece about a 1950s comedian who is forced to participate in a plan to rob the earth of it’s oil by shape-shifting aliens and their leader, a power-hungry mobster. About a quarter of the way through, I realized I had enough material to turn it into a novel, which I did. It became my first published book, Die Laughing.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
For my latest novel, To Dream: Anatomy of a Humachine, (book one of a two part series) I pretty much had the title from the get-go. I liked the Shakespeare reference of To Dream and the sound of Anatomy of a Humachine.Most importantly the titlecapturedthe essence of the story. It also is going to lead nicely into the title of book two. In general, I try to come up with titles that are compelling, have layered meanings in regard to the story and as I said, capture the essence of the tale.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Besides the rhythm and flow of my words and chapters, I really enjoy exploring the depths of my characters flaws and their struggles to overcome or fall prey to them. I also tend to experiment with the length of sentences, usually very short in action sequences and longer in narrative portions.
Writing in general is a challenge, no matter what genre I’m writing in. The biggest trial for me is to keep the reader interested enough to want to move on to the next page.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Though the book is science fiction, I strive to write realistic characters. These are people any of us would recognize or may be familiar with. Their circumstances may be different than yours or mine, but they react to them as any of us might. Their emotions are the same emotions we battle with. Time and place may be different, but people are people in my stories. I believehaving them face near-insurmountable dilemmas is what makes compelling drama.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Usually not literally, but I do have to do a lot of research and a ton of pre-planning. For my latest book, To Dream: Anatomy of a Humachine, I had a list of nine storyline questionsthat I had to answer before I could begin writing. That process took around three months before I could begin writing the book.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A wonderful artist by the name of Dean Samed. I was thrilled when the publisher hired him and even more so when I saw the results.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I wouldn’t call it a message. It’s more like a grasping of themes. In To Dream: Anatomy of a Humachinegreed is certainly one as is the pursuit of power, guilt is another, soare revenge and the battle of the human spirit to overcome adversity. Even if that human is made of cable and bio-core fluid.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I recently read Hunter’s Chase, the debut novel of Val Penny. It was an engaging mystery that takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland.
I have manyfavorites. I love James Joyce, Jane Austin, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Flannery O’Connor, Haruki Murakami, Eudora Welty, J.D. Salinger—the list goes on and on.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I’m fortunate in that I have many people I can mention, but the central figure is the man I consider my friend and mentor, the amazing writer, John Dufresne.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I’m devoting enough time to it, so I’d say yes.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, by the time my books are released, they’re pretty much where I want them to be.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I always learn something, whether it has to do with human emotion, the craft of writing, or from the research I had to do to get the book off the ground and to the finish line.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
There are four prominent characters in To Dream: Anatomy of a Humachine.
I’d love to cast themwith the following actors.
Dev Patel as J-1, theA.I. struggling to find his humanity.
Priyanka Chopra asNiyatiBopari, the grieving scientist.
CharlizeTheronas RebekaTakáts, the ruthless head of the corporation that owns J-1.
Scarlett Johansson as NormaMardeen, the iron-willed leader of the rebel force.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up; the beginning is always the hardest.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Enjoy the journey and thank you for choosing to read one of my stories.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Homer’s The Odyssey.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but it was probably a comic book. I was—and still am—a big fan of them.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A clever joke or off the cuff remark usually does the trick. Crying is a double-edge blade. There are tears of joy and tears of sorrow. A tear of joy occurs when I’m with my family. My son and daughter live on the other end of the continent and it’s difficult to get us all together, so I treasure the moments that we spend with each other. Tears of sorrow, like most of us, occur when there’s tragedy, either personal, or public. Sadly, public tragedies seem to occur more often these days. The loss of someone close is certainly heart breaking.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
It might be fun to meet Shakespeare and pick his brain for a while.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I’m a collector of 1950s horror and sci-fi movie posters. I also collect comic book related memorabilia. I have a vast collection of comic books that I saved from when I was growing up.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I like the crime shows: 48 Hours, Dateline, The First 48. I likeCatfish, Intervention, things that explore human behavior. I also like Stranger Things and a few innocuous shows like Carnival Eats and Flea Market Flip. I loved Mad Men and Breaking Bad. I recently saw Black Panther and The Shape of Color, which I thought were wonderful.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I’m a fan of Mexican food, ditto with Asian andseafood. I’ve always been a sucker fora roasted Turkey with all the fixin’s. I’m also a fan of a good, hearty breakfast; veggie omelette with hash browns or oatmeal, and if I’m lucky, pancakes.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Volunteer work, ideally helping others to develop their writing skills. Maybe I’d (as Rod Stewart sang) find myself a rock and roll band that needs a helping hand. I’d read more.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
First off, letting those close to me know how much I love them, maybe videotape a few messages about how grateful I am for my time on this planet, then maybe take my dog, KC, out for a final walk as we enjoy the world around us.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Louis K. Lowy – he may not have always succeeded, but he tried. He also loved his family.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
The best place for general information is my website. Feel free to contact mevia Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or email. I love talking to readers and those interested in writing. My links are below.
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