I’m so happy to be hosting this author interview with the author of Fusion World for Chandra Press. If you are interested in those survival and post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi stories I’d definitely recommend this. Thank you to Chandra Press for working with me in this post 🙂
Publishing Date: October 15 , 2018
Publisher: Chandra Press
Genre: Science Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 4.00
S Y N O P S I S
A small band of young people must find a way to come together as a team to stop a maniac bent on the destruction of the known universe. Through the course of the story the team grows tightly knit and is ultimately successful. Raven, an assassin for the enemy, has a change of heart and joins forces with the team. Her transformation from cold and ruthless killer to caring teammate is a focal point of the story. The metamorphic theme is one of the core components of the work. Vai, the snarky sarcastic kid, becomes a compassionate leader. Sajaler, finds that he can turn the tide in a battle without killing. Marissa learns she has what it takes to do what needs to be done. All the characters come away more mature and surer of themselves. When the dust settles after the crescendo, Cain has been stopped, but Vai and Adam are missing.
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A U T H O R I N T E R V I E W
Where were you born/grew up at?
Joseph Lewis: I was born and grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. It’s the largest city in Delaware, and is pretty much a suburb of Philadelphia. It’s only about 45 minutes away.
What was your inspiration for writing the book?
Joseph Lewis: Stephen King’s Dark Tower series of novels inspired the concept of a multiverse in the books, as well as a few settings. When Sajaelar shoots, he never misses. This is a tribute to The Dark Tower’s protagonist, the gunslinger Roland Deschain, who shoots and never misses. Vai and Sajaelar are overly snarky and sarcastic, which is a tribute to my favorite character from The Dark Tower, the former heroin addict turned gunslinger Eddie Dean.
I also based some of the science fiction elements of traveling between worlds on the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, which introduces a way to rip a hole in spacetime and travel to parallel worlds in the second book.
My wife wrote a good number of my characters as well, and her passion for my story really made me sit down and think, and plan everything out. My only goal in writing this was to write something that I thought she would like. She was the first one to read it, and she loved it so much that she made me publish it.
How did you choose the title?
Joseph Lewis: I had a lot of trouble choosing the title, so I just started writing, and about a quarter of the way through, I introduced the machine that would fuse the worlds together, and called it the Fusion World Machine, and I thought that sounded cool, so I named the book The Fusion World Project.
Which character do you relate to the most?
Joseph Lewis: I’ve been told that Vai and Sajaelar most closely resemble my personality, so I do relate to them. The three characters I’ve gone most in depth with so far are Marden Aswalde, Edam Lavinski, and Siren, so I feel like I can relate to them just a bit more than anybody else because I know them so well.
What are you passionate about these days?
Joseph Lewis: Reading and writing has always been my passion, as well as animals. I have five dogs, Nava, Ace, Pein, Mya, and Ramsay, three cats, Reese, Rorie, and Arashi, a conure named Rambo, a uromastyx named Bernard, a rat named Arya, and two hamsters, whose names I always forget.
I’m also a huge American History buff, and I’m a big fan of professional wrestling.
Where is your ideal place to write and/or read?
Joseph Lewis: I have a spot at my dining room table where I have my computer and notepads set up for writing. I can’t write if my wife is home though. It just breaks my focus. I usually read in that spot too.
What scene, in the book, are you most proud of?
Joseph Lewis: I worked a lot on the prologue, and I think it’s perfect. It’s short and to the point, and introduces Marden, Cein, and Jillian and the world of Vyndral. From the prologue, you’ll understand the dire situation that Vyndral is in, and the desperation from the people. You’ll understand the general motives of Cein, and the untrusting attitude of Jillian. The only one you don’t really understand quite yet is the one we follow throughout the prologue, Marden Aswalde, and that’s done on purpose. Marden Aswalde’s entire story throughout the first book is shrouded in mystery. He’s the key to everything, and from the prologue, you should have a feeling of everybody’s motivations except for his, and I think it does that perfectly.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Joseph Lewis: Hardest question yet. Had to ask my wife for help on this one.
Imaginative, creative, passionate, comical, witty.
If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
Joseph Lewis: Buying life insurance, writing a will, and signing over everything in my name to my wife. That sounds boring, but it’s the most logical thing I could think of. Funerals are expensive, and I have certain demands. If I don’t die in an explosion, and my body isn’t completely obliterated, then I want my organs harvested and I want a natural funeral. No preservatives, no embalming, and no headstone. Just bury me in the dirt. I don’t know how much that would cost, but if I have life insurance, my wife will get something.
It’s probably something I should do. Ever since I bought my house, I keep getting calls and email about signing up for life insurance, but I always ignore them because it just sounds like a threat to me.
What would you like to say to aspiring/beginning writers in the community?
Joseph Lewis: Nothing ever gets done without you taking risks and just going for it. Don’t second-guess yourself. I sat on Fusion World for about seven years thinking that it wasn’t good enough, and as soon as I looked into getting it published somewhere, Chandra Press picked it up. If you like what you’ve written and have passion for it, your readers are going to see that. Put yourself out there and let people see the world that you’ve created.