IRWYW- Which book are we talking about today?
Michael Byars Lewis- The Pilate Scroll…it’s an action/adventure thrill-ride that you won’t be able to put down. It has a Christian theme to the book with a positive message, but it’s not ‘preachy.’ It’s gotten some excellent reviews for non-Christians. I think it’s a book for everyone. There’s not another book out there like it that I know of.
IRWYW- What inspired the idea for your book?
Michael Byars Lewis- The idea to write this type of book came after a conversation with a friend, who complained that there were no good books out there that parents could read and discuss with their pre-teens/teenagers. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a book reflecting Christian values that was entertaining and exciting as well? The story for this novel came after my wife and I were on a tour in Israel. I knew there was a story there, I just didn’t know where. It eventually came to me, fast and furious. I wrote the first draft in only 3 months. The book was finished in a year.
IRWYW- What was the most surprising thing you learned in writing this book?
Michael Byars Lewis- That you can tell a story that could be a Hollywood blockbuster and still reflect Christian values.
IRWYW- How do you define success as an author?
Michael Byars Lewis- I’ve changed over the years. Success has been measured by sales, awards, and reviews…all of which are nice. I think now, I measure success based on if I’m pleased with the work. If I’ve made the best story I can, then that’s a success.
IRWYW- Do you have any quirky writing rituals?
Michael Byars Lewis- Not really. I’ve become accustomed to writing just about anywhere if conditions are right. That means a laptop on hand, a comfortable chair, and an idea of where I’m at in the story.
IRWYW- As an author what do you think makes a good story?
Michael Byars Lewis- I think a good story has engaging characters put in unusual and high-tension circumstances. It’s possible to have good characters in a boring story, and it’s possible to have a good plot with characters with no depth. But in either case, it won’t last. The reader won’t want to continue reading. As far as how a writer gets to that point, it’s a ‘Chicken vs. the egg’ argument…which comes first, good characters or a good plot? I think a good plot will reveal good characters as it is developed. But that’s me, other authors work differently. That’s why I tell new authors not to box themselves into any rigid rules. Give yourself the flexibility to learn and grow.
IRWYW- What has been your favorite reader feedback?
Michael Byars Lewis- I don’t make my living writing books. I wish I did, but I don’t. So, when a person who is a professional writer contacts you and tells you what they thought of the book, it means a lot. And that happened to me with The Pilate Scroll. Someone reached out and said, “I just wanted you to know how masterful I think this is.” Wow.
IRWYW- How do you interact with your readers?
Michael Byars Lewis- Social media, public events, and email. Believe it or not, I do answer emails!
IRWYW- What is your all-time favorite book or author?
Michael Byars Lewis- It has to be The Firm by John Grisham. His early work was nothing short of amazing. How can someone take a career of a lawyer and turn it into such fascinating stories? Grisham is a master of tension. He has the reader turning page after page after page. It’s something I’ve tried to do as well.
IRWYW- What is the first book that you remember reading?
Michael Byars Lewis- I’ll go with the first novel, since that seems to be more interesting. The first novel I remember reading, was The Phantom by Lee Falk. It was a novel based off the comic strip character. I doubt it was written by Falk, most likely a ghost-writer, but you never know. Anyway, it was a great story, and I was sucked in by the action and intrigue. I was in the 5th grade at the time. I still have that book, so I guess it made an impact on me.
IRWYW- What is an underrated book that you think everyone should read at least once?
Michael Byars Lewis- The Holy Bible. It’s a shame more folks in America haven’t read it. Sadly, it seems like more atheists read it instead of the ‘Casual Christians’ I mention in The Pilate Scroll. Unfortunately, their motives aren’t why people should read the Bible. They read it to pull out information that the casual Christian doesn’t have the background or basic knowledge to defend, because they haven’t read the Bible.
IRWYW- What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?
Michael Byars Lewis- Honestly, I think it depends on where they are in the process/journey. But my generic advice for all stages is, “Don’t quit. Go to writers’ conferences and start networking.”
IRWYW- What are you working on in the near future?
Michael Byars Lewis- I’m working on a sequel to The Pilate Scroll, and I’ve got the final book in the Jason Conrad thriller series fully outlined and ready to go…
IRWYW- What are you reading now?
Michael Byars Lewis- During the outlining and research for The Pilate Scroll, I really became interested in Christian Apologetics, which is the defending of the faith (see above). So, I’ve been reading many books on the subject for the last couple of years. Currently, I’m reading Atheism on Trial: Refuting the Modern Arguments Against God by Louis Markos.
IRWYW- What would the title of your autobiography be?
Michael Byars Lewis- Not To Scale: A Casual Christian’s Search for Salvation…coming soon?
IRWYW- What would your dream library look like?
Michael Byars Lewis- I’m assuming you’re asking about one for my home, so I’ll go there. I like the classic look, floor-to-ceiling wooden shelves with ornate trim. The ladder on wheels that run the length of the shelving. It must have a large window that overlooks the garden or forest outside. A nice large desk that could be worked at and a very comfortable recliner where much reading would take place.
IRWYW- If your book were made into a movie, which actors would play your characters?
Michael Byars Lewis-
Kadie Jenkins – Naomi Scott – She has the range and athletic ability to do Kadie justice.
Duke Ellsworth – Lucas Till – You’ve seen him as an action hero on MacGyver, but he’s got serious talent, showcased on the film, Son of the South. He’s the real deal.
Brian Jenkins – This one would take some work. Brian is Down syndrome, so it would be a great opportunity for a young Down man to test his acting chops. If you’ve ever seen the film, The Peanut Butter Falcon, Zack Gottsagen, an actor who is Down syndrome, was fantastic. He’d be too old for this role, but I know there’s someone out there.
Curt Baxter – Garrett Hedlund – Has the essence to be the good/bad guy.
Samuel Jacobson – Stanley Tucci – he has the warm father-figure presence
Mac – Karl Urban – He’s the right age and toughness to be a senior mentor to Till’s Duke.
Isaac Abelman – Jon Voight – The wise man…how could we go wrong with Voight?
Patricia Hastings – Gillian Anderson – Agent Scully, no more. Gillian has a range unlike others (check out her work on The Fall and The Crown). Perfect for the twists at the end…or beginning.
IRWYW- If you went on a road trip with any author who would it be?
Michael Byars Lewis- What a great question! I think it would have to be Ernest Hemingway. We’d go everywhere possible. What an adventure that would be!
IRWYW- What does it mean to you to be called an author?
Michael Byars Lewis- It’s a nice identity. An author is someone who writes a work based on his/her originally drafted ideas and/or plot. A writer is someone who writes a work, but it is not based on his/her ideas.
The Pilate Scroll
by M.B. Lewis
March 14 – April 8, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
An artifact with untold power. An unlikely protector. Can she prevent the past from being used to destroy the future?
Kadie Jenkins lost her faith long ago. Traveling to Egypt as part of a research team battling a lethal virus, the talented scholar’s already weakened beliefs take a deadly dive when her colleague and mentor is murdered. With the man about to share a shocking finding before he met his demise, Kadie frantically gathers his papers… and barely escapes when the killer returns.
Fleeing by plane and forced into an emergency landing in Israel, Kadie questions who in her group she can actually trust. And as the murderers close in, she’s stunned to discover they’re all hunting for an ancient relic that could change the course of history…
Will this headstrong academic lean on powers from above to keep the wicked from wreaking havoc on Earth?
The Pilate Scroll is a pulse-pounding Christian thriller. If you like complicated heroines, stunning twists, and divine light shining through the darkness, then you’ll love M.B. Lewis’s breakneck page-turner.
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Genre: Christian Thriller / Action-Adventure
Published by: Satcom Publishing
Publication Date: April 27th 2021
Number of Pages: 346
ISBN: 1733098917 (ISBN13: 9781733098915)
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Michael Byars Lewis is an Amazon #1 International Bestselling Author, and his books have also been on the Bestseller lists on Barnes and Noble Nook and Kobo platforms. The author of the award-winning Jason Conrad Thriller series has been on numerous author panels at writer’s conferences such as Thrillerfest, The Louisiana Book Festival, The Pensacola Book and Writers Festival, and Killer Nashville. A 25-year Air Force pilot, he has flown special operations combat missions in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan in the AC-130U Spooky Gunship. Michael is currently a pilot for a major U.S. airline. A proud Christian active in his community, Michael has mentored college students on leadership development and team-building and is a facilitator for an international leadership training program. He has participated as a buddy for the Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine” and in his church’s Military Ministry program. Michael has also teamed with the Air Commando Foundation, which supports Air Commando’s and their families’ unmet needs during critical times. While his adventures have led to travels all around the world, Michael lives in Florida with his wife Kim.
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