Lewis J. Beilman III comes from Hamden, Connecticut, USA
How long have you been writing? I have been writing on and off since I was a teenager, but I didn’t start writing seriously until I was in my late twenties. At that point, I was writing poetry mainly. I didn’t start writing fiction seriously until about twelve years ago.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? Currently, I think my greatest achievement is having my novella, Fourth of July, published. That happened last year, but, I hope that soon I will have a short story collection published. That would be an even greater accomplishment.
What projects of yours have been recently published? Since Scarlet Leaf Publishing House published Fourth of July last year, I have had two short stories–including “Conversion,” which appears in Ramingo’s Porch–and two flash fiction pieces published.
What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? I am working on a short story about a US Senate candidate who may or may not be a serial killer. I figure we almost had a pedophile elected in Alabama recently–so a serial killer wouldn’t be too far-fetched. Even Trump said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue in New York City and his supporters would still vote for him. Sadly, he’s probably correct.
Where can we find your work? Fourth of July is available on Amazon. And my short stories are available on my author’s website, http://www.lewisbeilman.com. If a story is not available online, I provide a link to the journal that published it so you can purchase a copy of the issue in which it appeared.
How do you react to rejections? I usually smash whatever inanimate objects are nearby. Alarm clocks, cell phones, and coffee cups have felt my righteous fury. (That is a joke.) Actually, I don’t really react at all. I think I’m so used to rejections at this point that they don’t faze me. My rejections must number in the hundreds by now.
How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? I forward the acceptance email to my girlfriend, Jenn, and say, “Look at this.” That’s about it. When I received my acceptance from Ramingo’s Porch, I actually just showed it to her on my phone. We were together in New York City on a trip at the time, so it was a nice surprise to learn I was going to have another story published. It made the trip even better.
What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? Have some hobbies. I like to play soccer, run, or do yoga. Maybe get a pet or two–or more. I have a dog and two cats. They keep me grounded. And don’t take yourself too seriously.
What is your favorite book? Slaughterhouse Five
Who is your favorite author? I don’t necessarily have a favorite. I’ve read a lot of Shakespeare, Kurt Vonnegut, and J.M. Coetzee. I also like Raymond Carver and John Cheever for short stories.
What makes you laugh? My jokes. I have many of them. If you ever watch Miami Vice, you will see that Tubbs is the same way. Whenever he tells a joke, he laughs at it, even if no one else does. That’s kind of like me. Tubbs was a misunderstood character. Much like I am.
What makes you cry? The disaster that is currently the United States of America.
What is your preferred drink while you write? Coffee or Gerolsteiner mineral water.
What is your favorite food? Pasta, generally. I’m vegan now, so my options are somewhat limited.
Shakespeare or Bukowski? Shakespeare.
Personal website/blog: www.lewisbeilman.com
Books for sale and/or press: https://www.amazon.com/Fourth-July-Lewis-Beilman-III/dp/1522029656/
The Ramingo’s Porch Issue #2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998847674/