It's author's coffee time on my blog today. Grab a French Roast and meet Lew Serviss...

About Lew

Lew Serviss is a writer and editor who has observed the world from New York, Paris and Washington. He has worked as a senior editor at The New York Times during the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington and at New York Newsday during some of the city’s most tumultuous times. He was the editor-in-chief for the launch of  The American, an award-winning international newsweekly based in New York, printed in Europe and distributed around the world, Before returning to New York in 2010, Serviss taught editing and wrote about sustainability at the University of Arizona and launched a news website in Portland, Oregon.

He has written a novel, Spy Rules, and edits special reports for the Committee to Protect Journalists.

What's your coffee time pleasure today, Lew? Latte, cappuccino, regular? 

Regular. French roast, or Colombian. Anything strong. Black with sweetener.

Mmm hmmm...I can feel the caffeine kicking in from here! What flavour cookie would you like with that?

Pecan, almond – something nutty.

Being slightly nutty myself that sounds like a fab choice! What’s your greatest writing achievement to date? 

It’s got to be writing “Spy Rules,” a thriller about a smart-assed New York cop who becomes a bit of a spy. 

Sounds like an interesting read! Who is your hero and why?

Theodore Roosevelt. A prolific writer, an ardent environmentalist, among many, many other pursuits. And he stood up to the dangerous concentration of wealth in America. I think we need him back.

Which word best defines your writing?

Colorful. I like vivid, quirky characters and exciting locations. With so much to write about, why focus on the mundane? 

Very true, the quirkier the better! What’s the most recent thing that made you laugh?

A typo in a story I was editing. It said something along the lines of “He was encouraged by a friend to ... ” whatever it was. But it omitted the “r” in “friend.” 

Ooh, those pesky typos! Which book is on your coffee table right now?

“Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen. Actually, it’s on my night table.

What was the name of your first pet?

Pokey. He was a hamster. Like most serial killers, he was quiet and kept to himself. 

So Pokey was really the Jeffrey Dahmer of hamsters? Love it! Who is your favourite character and why?

In “Spy Rules,” it’s Sammy Napolitano, my protagonist’s childhood friend who’s a fringe mob member. He’s pretty outrageous and has the funniest lines. There were quite a few Sammys where I grew up.

What’s your most embarrassing moment?

I had just started a job at a large newspaper in New York and I was scheduled to have an introductory chat with an important boss. I’d come in to the office so early that I had time to kill, and so I wandered in Midtown Manhattan. On the way back, I managed to catch the pocket of my pants on a large bolt protruding from construction scaffolding and tear a gigantic rip from hip to mid-thigh. I had to use a few giant paper clips to hold things together.  

Big oops! Still, at least it proved you could be adaptable using office equipment!

You can find out more about Lew at his Facebook page or his Amazon Kindle page

Thanks for joining me, Lew.

Happy reading!

Sibel XX