My name is Carrie L. Lewis and I am a writer.
Sounds like the beginning of a seven-step program, doesn’t it?
I suppose, in a way, it is. I’ve been writing for almost as long as I’ve been an artist. I’ve been painting portraits of horses and other pets for over thirty years, but have been drawing since I was old enough to hold a crayon.
Writing took longer to take hold, but Mom tells me I’ve been an avid looker-at of books since I was old enough to sit on her lap and listen to a Golden Shape Book (anyone else remember those?).
I don’t know for sure when the notion that I could write my own stories first occurred to me, but it has been a long time. I know that because the oldest complete manuscript I have was written when I was in the eighth grade. Written and illustrated entirely in #2 pencil on three-hole punch loose leaf paper bound together with twist ties, it is a twenty-three-page, seven-chapter marvel about wild horses. I still have it, twist ties and all!
Throughout grade school and high school, I read every horse story I could get my hands on. Walter Farley was a huge favorite and I still enjoy reading the adventures of the Black Stallion and Flame and all the rest. But Marguerite Henry, C. W. Anderson, Thomas Hinkle and anyone else who wrote a story about a horse was on my to-read list. I couldn’t get enough of them.
Then I found Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and discovered another world; the world of mysteries!
More recently Dick Francis has combined my love of horse stories with my love of mysteries with his series of books.
In the early part of this century, I was introduced to the world of Christian fiction and in July of 2008, I took my first ever writing workshop. The workshop covered several aspects of writing from a Christian worldview and an entirely new vista opened before me.
In December, 2008, I was further led to the point at which I realized that I needed to be giving the God given talents for writing the same respect and diligence I’ve been giving the God given talents for painting. And that has brought me to this point.
I am, as yet, unpublished, but have had one novel reach the agenting stage and another has entered the submission phase.
I write every day, maintain painting and writing blogs, painting journals, writing journals and a number of other writing endeavors. Along with other members of my church family, I’ve written devotions for Advent and Lenten devotional booklets, which I assemble and publish each year. For a time, I wrote a monthly column for the Newton Kansan newspaper. The subject? Art. What else!
Novels currently in the works include a couple of speculative fiction/suspense stories, a cozy mystery, a regular mystery and a suspense mystery.
I still enjoy a good horse story and one of the three finished manuscripts does prominently feature a horse. But I also enjoy a good mystery or cozy mystery, suspense and a little bit of action here and there, as well as literary works. I hope, Lord willing, to try my hand at each of those genres.