Sunday, July 10, 2011

Edward Lewis' "Apostle"


Title: APOSTLE
Publisher: Cape Arago Press

Cover blurb: Rivkah and Shemu’el continue spreading the good news. Tensions surface when Barnabus brings Paul to Antioch and some oppose his new role. This saga of the Early Church takes a troubling turn when their youngest son adopts a pagan lifestyle. Meanwhile, the city trembles in the grip of a serial killer and Shemu’el fears who knows who it is. Though surrounded by chaos, the church in Antioch grows in size and influence.

1) How did this story come to you?
The series began with the Gospel account of the birth of Christ. Book Two, DISCIPLE, and now Book Three, APOSTLE, extend that by following the events of Acts. As usual, most Biblical events occur off stage. Through the lives of Rivkah, Shemu’el, their family and friends, the series chronicles the life and times of the Early Christians…their successes and failures, their trials and tribulations, their loves and losses.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Because it’s a series, my publisher, Cape Arago Press, has made a four-book commitment. My task now is to insure the Historic and Biblical accuracy of each book. This requires a tremendous amount of research not only into Early Church history, but also the life and times of the First Century Roman Empire. Whether it’s preparing a meal, firing a pot or building an aqueduct, I want to present the details to my readers in a factual manner.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I have a graduate degree in Economics and worked in Corporate Planning. Because of the Seeds series, people assume I trained in Ancient History or attended seminary. I also write Nonfiction. I have three eBooks dealing with specific topics I’ve encountered in my research. Despite my output — seven books in 18 months — I’m actually a rather slow writer.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
MARTYR, the fourth and final book of the series, is about 50% complete. I hope to have it finished by the end of this year. A commercial novel of mine, LOST, is with my editor. It should be out around August. I’m also developing a series of eBooks on the Roman World and expect to have the first one, The Art and Science of Rome, ready by fall. I’ve begun blocking out a new Christian novel, it’s too soon to say whether it will become a reality or not.

5) Parting comments?
I want to thank you for this opportunity to connect with your readers and tell them about APOSTLE and The Seeds of Christianity Series™. It’s been a pleasure to visit your a site again.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My blog, Sowing the Seeds – The Life and Times of the Early Christians, has loads of interesting articles about the Early Church, Judaism, the Roman Empire, etc. http://seedsofchristianity.com/wordpress/. All of my books are available in hard copy or as eBooks from Amazon and most other internet booksellers, or direct from the publisher, Cape Arago Press, http://www.capearagopress.com/

12 comments:

  1. I love that Biblical fiction is coming back!
    Thanks for the chance to win:)
    kristengjohnson (at) gmail (.) com

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  2. Good interview.This sounds like a great book.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com .

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  3. This will be my first read of a fiction book about the Bible !! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    Donna J
    djkrueger@wildblue.net

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  4. I loved "Witness"! I'll be reading "Apostle" for sure. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  5. I'm looking forward to Martyr. I really like this series. Nice to see your answers to the question Ed.

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  6. This sounds like a series that would be good to share. I read so many books that appeal only to a female audience. congratulations on the success of this series Ed.

    debraemarvin at yahoo

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  7. I'm not familiar with Mr. Lewis' books but I love Biblical fiction...would love an opportunity to win. Thanks! margie at mijares dot net

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  8. THanks for all the kind words. It's refreshing to see so much interest in the series. The books are somewhat unique in that even though Biblical events we're all familiar with take place, the focus remains on the life and trials of First Century Christians rather than the giants of the Church. Peace and Blessings to all.

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  9. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  10. I have enjoyed Biblical fiction books lately and would love to read one from this author as well.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

    Many Blessings and Smiles:)
    Charlotte Kay
    charlovesmark at gmail dot com

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  11. Sounds fascinating! I hope I win this book; I love historical fiction, plus I'd have more incentive to buy and read the entire series. :)

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