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Fog | Michael Lewis

Fog | Michael Lewis

 |  Author Life


We are honoured to work with as many authors as we do at Pegasus Publishers – each with their own stories to tell. Their worlds are singular, their characters are relatable and their creativity truly knows no bounds.


This is Author Life, a feature on the Pegasus Blog, that opens the door to each of our author’s creative process and previous literary experience, offering you – the reader – an opportunity to learn a little about the mind behind the novel.


Meet Michael Lewis author of the poetry book Fog.




Could you tell us three interesting facts about yourself?


- My memory or certain aspects of my memory are almost photographic. I can’t glance at a wall and tell you how many bricks are on it but I can tell you things like how much copper and silver my mam gave to me after my first day of nursery.


- When I was seventeen years old I went to work in Europe for Irish travellers. It was a very interesting time in my life and completely packed with stories and action.


- I am a direct descendant from a poet and novelist who’s pen name is L.E.L. Her name was Letitia Elizabeth Landon and she was dubbed as the female Byron at the beginning of the 19th century. In terms of how we write poetry we are very different as she uses rhyming couplets like the old masters. I tend to write with speed and honesty like a beatnick. We do however, share a romantic theme in a lot of our work. If I’m correct she died at thirty six which is my current age.   



In your own life, what influences and inspires you to write?


The things that influences me to write are predominantly people. Each person you meet is very different yet we all tend to share a common trait or two. The other thing I have found that helps is risk.


I love to wander alone and never provoke danger but certainly take risks in where I place myself. Specifically around people I have never met.


As for inspirations, it is all in front of you. The world and all of its components is one big creation. I love to write about a blossom tree or a certain skyline or a certain character that I find interesting or attractive. Anything that provokes me to express myself poetically.



Which book or author has had the biggest impact on you, and why?


I would say that there are three authors that stand out more than most. Bukowski, Kerouac and Ginsberg (high praise for the Americans). I don’t believe they are necessarily the best but I enjoy their work a great deal. More importantly I love anybody that has the courage to be outspoken and live their life the way they want to and not to live it how others wish them to live it.



Can you tell me about the book?

The book was written from a “foggy mind set.” I began to write it during lockdown with a new born son. I was a parent for the first time and so was my partner. We had very limited support so I would describe it as crawling through “fog” to make sense of a destination that wasn’t promised or mapped.


It is a complete love for language and in its purest form (before it was edited) was like vomit expressed. To explore what I’ve stated I would go on to say that throughout the day I would collect my ingredients in preparation for the evening solitude. That is when I would begin to pour out honest, beautiful and emotional literature at quick speed.



What were your first experiences with writing?

In the beginning I wrote poetry to help ease the shock of bereavement. I used to click away on an old phone using predictive text on the back of a bus or a break from my work shift. I was always brave enough to share what I had written. If I had to go back over the last three decades to reach the here and now again then I certainly would.



In your opinion, what are the key ingredients for a good story or novel?


I think a good story needs to be interesting. Nobody has ever finished a boring book. I think it needs to be real and relatable also. Every day that you leave your house if you open your eyes wide enough you will find the beginning of a handful of characters. How lucky we are to have the ingredients to literature put before us on a daily basis.



How long should an author spend on their craft each day?


For me, not necessarily every author… Twenty Four hours of each day. Even the sleeping moments our unconscious is weaving in and out of creativity. Though I only put pen to paper around thirty minutes per day I constantly put myself in to situations that provoke me to write.



What was the most challenging part of writing this book, and what did you learn from writing it?

The hardest part for me was the production process. I wanted quick results and quick correspondence. I don’t believe many writers enjoy editing but for me even working with an editor was tough. I guess I have learnt two things.


The first is to busy yourself with another project while an editor goes through your current manuscript. There is a good chance I have at least one more manuscript that I can begin to produce.


The second is something I still don’t believe I fully grasp… Patience.



What common pitfalls should aspiring writers avoid?

I believe we live and learn through our own mistakes as well as the mistakes of others. I wonder if one thing I would do differently is get any type of professional opinion earlier in my career. Ask for honest feedback and never give up.



What writing advice would you offer to your younger self?


I’m still fairly young at thirty six. However, I would stand by my decision to share my work as often as I could.


There has been some great artists and entrepreneurs that have suggested to never share your destiny because people can destroy it. This is certainly true but it is never a “one shoe fits all” theory.


Some people will be encouraged by criticism and some people will be encouraged by praise. Both are equally as important as long as you carry on writing and reading, like anything we will only become better with practice.



Fog is available now in paperback.




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