Interview with Stephanie Lewis

photo1. First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am one of those people who can’t remember a time when I didn’t write or dream of being a writer. In preschool, when other kids were into staying in the lines in their coloring books, I used to cut up construction paper into little squares, staple it together to make my version of a paperback, and then print my toddler gibberish in them. I also made my own neighborhood newspaper out of wrapping paper and called it “The Stephanie Scribbler” which I left on the entire block’s front porch weekly. And then I went through a phase where I would cover up the famous author names on the classic novels I was assigned to read in English class, and substitute my own name instead. There I would be, walking around, proudly carrying a book that proclaimed, “Aesop’s Fables” or “Grimm’s Fairytales” by Stephanie Lewis. But now I’m (much) older and I haven’t plagiarized anyone else’s work recently! Oh and the other mundane details about myself – - I am divorced, a mother of six, and reside in San Diego, California where I work as a freelance writer. Continue reading

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Letting go vs. holding on

“Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage, against the dying of the light.”Dylan Thomas

The say there’s one lesson of importance that life keep trying to teach us: letting go. Accepting whatever happened and moving on. Understanding that it is futile to fight back fate, destiny, or the will of the gods.

That, I’m afraid, is a lesson in humility that I never learned. And I think that it’s a different lesson altogether. That of holding on. Of being brave in the face of adversity, of being bold and persistent. Of forging your own destiny. Continue reading

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Payments are secured via PayPal. Also, you can purchase as many options as you like, as available. After that we get in touch via e-mail and set everything up.

The funds raised through your purchases will be used to pay for the editing of my upcoming novel.

Against all odds

the unreal“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”Henry Ford

Do you ever feel helpless? Do you ever feel anger because of that? Do you ever feel as if the entire universe is conspiring against you? That no matter how hard you try, it’s as if you’re going to fail. Continue reading

A beautiful life

wanderer“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.” - Roman Payne

It seems to me that we spend most of our lives searching for beauty. We pursue happiness. We’re looking for that one person to cure us of the need for anyone else. To cure us of loneliness, self-doubt, or negative thoughts. We act as if we’re broken and someone or something is going to cure that.

But isn’t it true that we’re the ones who make life beautiful or not? Isn’t it true that only our thoughts can distinguish between happiness and suffering? That it’s all about us, about what we think and what we feel and what we see. Continue reading

Bundles

unnamed“Jazz is a remarkable story that will stay with you long after you read it.”Katie Jennings

Hi guys,

So I’ve decided to offer my stories and novels as part of two distinct bundles: e-book and paperback.

 

“I completely fell in love with Cristian Mihai’s beautiful way of writing.”Emma Snow

 

The e-book bundle contains 4 novelsone novella, 4 short stories, a compilation of essays on art and writing, and a compilation of short stories written with Anca Dunavete.

It costs only $4.99 (I know, a bargain) and can be purchased here. It’s available in Kindle, EPUB, and PDF formats, so you can read them with any e-reader or smart phone or even on your computer.

 

“Simply written, simply expressed, it is a gem of a book [...]“F.J. Schurr

Secondly, the paperback bundle. It contains my novels Jazz and The Writer, and also Strangers – a compilation of short stories written with Anca Dunavete. Signed, with a nice dedication just for you on each one of them. International shipping included in the price.

You can purchase the paperback bundle for only $40 here. 

Mihai’s writing style is very accessible and does not suffer from the didactic or dry tone that some non-fiction works display. Even if you do not agree with all of his insights, and he is clear (happy even) that you might not, the prose demonstrates that his approach has worked for him. - Dave Higgins

“For such a young writer, Cristian Mihai shows amazing promise with Jazz.” – Britt Skrabanek

“C’est beau; c’est tout simplement beau.”Daphnée Kwong Waye

Granite Nightmare

Originally posted on Random Acts...:

Granite memories spill

across vast valley’s

within the cracks of

my nightmares…

recalling the edge

of an afternoon

where we were stuck

in love…

a movie wept emotion

across your hardwood floors,

simmering at the foot

of your lines.

A solitude of comforts

between us…

the silky curves

of your body

illuminating the corner

of perception’s fancy…

constellations opened wide

for only you…

that song seemed stamped

with your name…

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