Interview with Lewis Dolan

Hello Everyone!

We are delighted to have author Lewis Dolan amongst us today at Musikdiv India Online Magazine at our Special ‘Authors Festival’ interview series to tell us about his new book The Hudson Note!
Please read on …

“The newspapers dubbed it ‘Mob City’. For generations, criminal organizations would rise to power, vying for complete control of the city. Most would fall amidst the power struggle, but there were always others to take their place. The harsh nature of the city created as many criminals as it swallowed.
The Gallio Group, the city’s largest and most powerful crime family. The EDC; a coalition of the warring eastern district’s gangs, brought together under the banner of a maniacal crime lord. Merv’s gang, ran by their ruthless and eponymous leader. Then there’s us… we don’t really have a catchy name to speak of. Most of the people outside of our outfit refer to us as Frank’s gang. Frank, you see, is the boss. He’s not cruel or violent like some of the others, but he’s not stupid either. He, like any keen businessman should, knows that things don’t last forever; especially when it comes to this place.
He has a plan to change that, though, and I factor heavily in to that plan. It’s going to be a long road, but that’s how it goes when you’re looking to head to the top” – The Kid.

So Lewis, we’ll start your Interview with the very first question

1.Please introduce and tell the readers something about yourself.

Hi, my name is Lewis Dolan. I’m a first-time author at the tender-ish age of 25, and I live in Manchester, England.

2.What brought you to writing?

As a kid I was always an avid reader, and I loved getting absorbed in a good book. After enough times of being sent out of class back in primary school, my headteacher decided to put the time to good use and teach me how to play chess. As well as this, upon learning of my love of books, they also suggested to start writing my own stories. It stuck!

3.How long have you been writing?

Since I was a kid. Roughly 17 years.

4.Which was your first literary project?Tell us something about it.

My first real attempt at a book was a -still unfinished- science fiction novel that I started 6 years ago. Before then it was mainly poetry and short stories. Having finally finished my first full-length novel, it’s given me the inspiration to go back and finish past projects; the aforementioned sci-fi novel included.

5.Is this your new/latest project?

Yes. The Hudson Note. It’s a crime thriller. There’s some action in there, twisted dreamscapes, and a noir tone.

6. Traditional books or e-books? How do you prefer to see your works published? Have you tried ever publishing the traditional way?

In all honesty, I’m just happy to have the material out there. I don’t think you can beat the feel of reading a physical book, but I’m seeing literature (as well as other artistic mediums) becoming very digital centric. As long as people enjoy what they’re reading, I think the format in which they read it isn’t a priority. Digital releases also makes it much easier for new writers, such as myself, to release works. I would like to see my work in print, though. It’s something I’ll aim for in the future.

7.Can you give a chapter sample preview of your book here for our readers to know more about it.

( Please look at the bottom of the interview for book excerpts )

8.What are your hobbies?Things that you enjoy doing besides books of course.

I’m a huge music listener, everything from metal to classical, hip hop to rock, and everything in between. I’m also an avid boxing and football (soccer) fan. When I’m not socialising with friends, I try to get to as many Manchester City football matches as I can. I’m also a fan of physics (astronomy and quantum), though I can’t pretend to understand it all.

9.Who is your favourite author?

I don’t really have an overall favourite. It’s mainly down to the genre. Robert Anton Wilson, Terry Pratchett, Phillip K Dick, Hunter S Thompson… Just to name a few!

10.What is your favourite genre to read and also to write?

Over the last several years, I’ve found myself drawn more toward non-fiction for my personal reading. Although, I’ll happily read a book of any genre if it appeals to me. As for my writing, I feel most comfortable writing in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Besides this latest novel, which is new ground for me in terms of genre, that’s what most of my previous work has edged toward.

11.Do you have a role model that you get inspiration from?

My parents have always been the people I look up to the most. They’ve always spurred me on in everything I’ve done, and never gave up on me when most people would have. They’re everything I look for in someone you’d consider a hero.

12.Where do get your ideas from?Do you take your story ideas from real life situations?

Very rarely. They usually just come to me in the form of very rough and basic ideas, and over the following weeks I refine them in my head. I do often use amalgamations of famous peoples’ names for characters. Sportsmen, actors, musicians. My new book has a lot of references to famous boxers, for example!

13. Do you have a pseudonym?

Nope. The thought had never crossed my mind. Although, I’m sure something like Max Powers would catch the eye much better.

14.Whats your experience been like in the publishing industry?Postive or negative? Please share your experience with our readers.

It’s Still too early to tell, in all honesty. My book has only been available for a few days. I have found the process of publishing in a digital format (such as Amazon’s Kindle service) much easier than I expected it to be. I’m not expecting to make any money off this first novel, and probably not for the ones to follow. I just want to build a platform in which the scenario of making money from my work is more possible. All I can do is try my best and keep my fingers crossed.

15.Where do you see yourself 10years from now?

I want to stay realistic, because making it ‘big’ in this industry isn’t easy. In 10 years time, I’ll be happy to be healthy and still have a love of writing. If I’m able to make enough money to sustain myself from being an author, then that would also be a good thing!

16. What motivates you to write?

To improve, mainly. I feel like this is only the start of what I’m capable of. I’ve got so many ideas floating around my head, I just need to get them on to paper. There’s also a distinct sense of satisfaction from finishing a book. As any writer will tell you, a lot of hard work goes in to this stuff. Seeing the finished article is gratifying.

17. How important is good cover art for your books?

I think the saying “Never judge a book by its cover” is a true one. That said, a cover is important when it comes to sales. You want a cover that not only looks professional, but also catches the eye. I intend on putting emphasis on this. At the moment I just have a place holder cover, because I didn’t want to hold off publishing it any longer. A redesign is high on the agenda.

18. Do you have a price strategy for your books?

As I’ve said already, the main purpose of my writing at this point is just to get my work out there; money is secondary. I’ve set the price of my book at the lowest possible (£0.75/$0.99), and might continue this for my next release. I don’t want people to think the price reflects the quality of the work, though. I just don’t think the consumers should have to spend full price for an untested writer’s work. I think I need to work to earn that right. Hopefully I’ll attain it down the line.

19. Have you read a book that you felt was not as good as yours?
After seeing first-hand the hard work that goes in to writing a book, I’d hate to disparage another author’s work. If they’ve reached bestselling status, they’ve obviously done something right. I’ll just have to work what that is for myself.

20.Why do you think readers should buy your book?What can you offer them through your book?

Well, for the price, I think it’s an absolute bargain. A lot of effort went in to its creation. The story, I feel, is a great one, and I think I’ve created an interesting protagonist for the reader to learn about. Hopefully the reader will see the potential in me as a writer, and will get them excited for my next release.

21.Where is your book available?Any Buy Link for our readers?

Amazon >>

22.Do you have a website or a blog that you’d like to share here.

I’ll follow back anyone who starts following me. In this blog I’ll be posting updates/excerpts from my book, short stories, and anything writing-orientated in my life.

23. What advice would you give to other writers?

Procrastination is the enemy. I like to reward myself for writing. Sometimes when you’re writing, you’ll wonder if the outcome will be worth it. A little treat for hard work keeps me stimulated at least. Other than that, just keep at it. The satisfaction of finishing it will be amazing.

24. Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Probably just one final stab at convincing you to purchase my book, and any other books belonging to indie writers. It’s a hard, and often mentally draining task. The work people put in to it is admirable, especially in the face of possible failure (from a commercial standpoint). As much as we’d love to release a book that becomes a best seller, we know how hard that is to achieve, Still, despite that fact, we still put our whole in to trying. Whether it’s writers, artists, musicians, developers, etc, I think that support for the indie scene is something to be encouraged.

  • Thank you Lewis Dolan for gracing us with your presence.It was a sheer pleasure.Good luck with your book.We conclude the interview here

    Thanks again from Team MusikDIV

    Book Exerpts – Sample Chapter

    The Hudson Note By Lewis Dolan

    As I stepped inside, the first thing that hit me wasn’t the fact that I was very soon to be shooting at people, but the smoke that hung in the air. I was still breathing in deeply, and the noxious smoke rushed in to my lungs, causing a slight cough. This caught the attention of several people stood by the bar drinking, and they looked at me in confusion, until their line of sight reached what was being held in my hands. In that second of realization, I had already brought the guns up in front of me, and taken aim. I fired the revolver in my right hand, and began shooting at the line of men stood drinking. The handgun in my left hand was pointed away to the other side of the bar, and I fired at everything that appeared human out of the corner of my eye. Complete and utter chaos took hold of the surroundings, as screams and gunfire filled the air. In movies, these kind of situations can drag on for the viewers’ amusement. In reality, eighteen bullets tend to disappear rapidly when you’re in a room full of people who want to kill you. As soon as I had pulled the trigger, the guns had already been emptied. By a rough count, most of the men stood by the bar, the barman included, had been shot. As soon as I was out of ammo, I dived across the counter, landing next to the body of the man who had been serving drinks. I couldn’t see an entry hole to determine where he had been shot, but his stillness showed he was already dead. Shouting continued to fill the air as I swiftly began putting bullets back in to the revolver. I was absent spare clips, making the pistol much more bothersome to reload.

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