Happy Turkey Week Buzzers! Are you excited to stuff your bellies full of delicious food and then retire to the couch with a pile of books this week? While you're home and hanging out with friends in family, don't forget to stop by Random Buzzers because this week we have author (and singer/songwriter) Stewart Lewis joining us! He's here to chat with us about his new book YOU HAVE SEVEN MESSAGES. Join him on the buzz boards now and post your questions! In the meantime, check out the brief summary (provided below) of the book and the letter Stewart wrote to all of you!
About You Have Seven Messages: It's been a year since Luna's mother, the fashion-model wife of a successful film director, was hit and killed by a taxi in New York's East Village. Luna, her father, and her little brother, Tile, are still struggling with grief. When Luna goes to clean out her mother's old studio, she's stunned to find her mom's cell phone there—charged and holding seven unheard messages. As Luna begins to listen to them, she learns more about her mother's life than she ever wanted to know . . . and she comes to realize that the tidy tale she's been told about her mother's death may not be the whole truth.
A LETTER FROM STEWART LEWIS
Hey all you Random Buzzers!
How cool is this? When my book came out I felt like I had a baby that just walked out into the world…connecting with readers is a way to check in and see how the baby’s doing J So bring it on! Ask me about my book. Ask me about being an author. Ask me what I had for breakfast. Ask me anything at all.
The idea for the character of Luna came from hanging out with the niece of a friend of mine, Emma, who was thirteen at the time. One day when we were all driving in the car, my friend noticed Emma’s cell phone had nail polish on it. She said to her niece, “I did that to my phone too!”
Emma said, “I was eleven, what’s your excuse?”
We all laughed and continued on our journey, but in the back of my mind I was thinking, she is a character in a book. Luna is not a carbon copy of Emma, but she was definitely the spark that ignited the flame.
I wrote YOU HAVE SEVEN MESSAGES in my bed, on the couch, at the kitchen table, on the floor, on planes, by a pool, and mostly in a small cottage on the beach in the middle of winter. It was a lot of work, but I don’t really consider it work. Writing is just something I love to do.
P.S. I am a singer too and I wrote a song called Seven Messages that corresponds with the book – clever, huh? You can hear it (and read/see other stuff about me) at www.stewartlewis.com