Saturday, May 6, 2017

0 Stewart Lewis, author of STEALING CANDY, on family not always being blood

We are delighted to be joined by Stewart Lewis to chat with him about his latest novel STEALING CANDY.

Stewart, how long did you work on STEALING CANDY?

2 years. At first, her captor was an adult, but then I made him a teenager which changed everything and made it less taboo.

What do you hope readers will take away from STEALING CANDY?

The fact that family is not always blood. And that forgiveness is really hard, but sometimes the right thing.

How long or hard was your road to publication? How many books did you write before this one, and how many never got published?

I've written ten books, and this will be my 5th one published. It is not an easy road! But it is nice to go into a store and see my book, hold it in my hand, get letters from all over the world from people who love my work. so, in a way, it's worth it!

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

I work mostly in bed, and love to be by the ocean. Luckily, I had friends with beach houses, and now I have my own!

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Experience life to the fullest and notice everything.

What are you working on now?

A new YA mystery called LOOK CLOSER, where a girl in DC starts seeing names, and it means that person will die that day. With the help of a male friend, she starts to try and save the lives, and eventually the name she sees is her own.


Stealing Candy
by Stewart Lewis
Sourcebooks Fire
Released 5/1/2017

Candy hates boarding school. As a junior, graduation is still eons away, and making films is the only way to survive the boredom. Until she is kidnapped.

Candy panics. Along Came a Spider, Ransom, Taken, Cellular… Candy knows how these movies end. The only reason anyone would abduct her is to get a payout from her rock star father. Except Candy and her father are estranged. There’s no way he’s going to pay.

But with every hour that passes, Candy’s fear slowly recedes. Being on the road is freeing, not to mention great material for a new documentary. And the more time she spends with her handsome captor Levon, the more she learns the whole scheme is not just about ransom. It’s about revenge. What began as a kidnapping is spiraling into a crazy road trip adventure as Candy and Levon find a lot of wrong ways to do the right thing.

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bio-picStewart Lewis is a young adult author and singer-songwriter who is based out of Washington, DC and Nantucket, MA. His novels have been translated into five languages and his songs have been used in TV and film worldwide. His favorite things are his french bulldog Oliver, traveling, good food and good friends.


Have you had a chance to read STEALING CANDY yet? How do you think Candy's story would have changed if her captor had remained an adult? Does the ocean inspire you as well? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

Emily, Jocelyn, Anisaa, Sam, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, and Lori Ann

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