1. I would like to welcome you to my blog and my readers, and congratulate you on the fantastic work I have just read. How do you feel?
Thank you, Reshov, not only for allowing me to participate in this interview, but for your kind words regarding To Dream: Anatomy of a Humachine. It’s always a wonderful feeling to complete a work and have it accepted for publication. Of course, the biggest thrill is to have readers enjoy it.
2. What is your inspiration behind such a vividly descriptive and intriguing story? What is the amount of research put in?
My inspiration was a three-page story I had written nearly two decades ago and had forgotten about. While going through my (virtual) files I re-discovered it, read it and realized I had the basics for an intriguing story. I took the key elements—an AI named J-17 (which I changed to J-1) who lived in the future, though he was created on earth he worked on a distant planet, and a miracle drug named Genimetrothiasine and formed my story from there.
Regarding research, it was massive. First off, before I could solidify my plot, I had to answer nine key questions, such as why was J-1 in the future? How did this miracle drug come about? What planet was he on and how and why did he get there? What was happening on Earth and who was responsible for the creation of J-1? I posted the nine questions on a poster board and for the next 2-3 months figured out plausible answers to each one. Once that was done, I was ready to begin writing. It was a lot of work up front, but saved me much, much more time in the long run.
As you know, the book shifts between the future and the present. Researching present-day facts has to do with accuracy; future research has to do with logical speculation, which allows for some leeway, which can be fun. For instance, I used the phrase “Michael Jackson” as a future term for “Awesome.” Honestly, though, I’m not as much into the techie sci-fi aspect as I am into the emotional aspect. I’m a huge fan of Ray Bradbury’s writing because, I believe, he approached it the same way.
3. Tell me about your main character. What about him intrigues you the most?
What intrigued me the most about J-1 is his fight to cope with human emotions. I see him as an innocent entity—a newborn that is built in the image of a young adult. Emotions are thrust upon this innocent soul, and because of his lack of experience with them he is overwhelmed and unprepared to handle them. Also, though he is acquiring human feelings, he isn’t human and he has to deal with the prejudice against him. Furthermore, visions lurk inside of J-1 that plays heavily upon his awakened being. It’s his very human struggle to overcome that I love about him.
4. I would like to hear about your journey as a writer so far?
I’ve always done some sort of writing. I played bass guitar in original music bands for years and was always the go-to guy for lyrics. As I grew out of music, I decided to take film classes and realized that I liked writing scripts better than I liked filmmaking. That inspired me to apply for Florida International University’s Creative Writing Program. I was fortunate enough to be accepted and from there began writing full time. I’ve had numerous short stories published and three novels—the latest being this one.
5. What is your next writing endeavour?
Right now I’m working on a crime novel.
6. What is your message to all budding authors out there?
Believe it or not, by best advice comes from a fortune cookie. I have the message taped to my computer keyboard so I can see it every time I write. It’s probably the best advice I’ve come across: Don’t give up; the beginning is always the hardest.
I wish you all the best for all your future endeavours and may you continue writing such good tales forever.
Thank you, Reshov, not only for your review of To Dream: Anatomy of a Humachine, but for the wonderful questions.
Read the review of Anatomy of a Humach
About the Author:
A former firefighter, Louis sometimes feels as if he jumped from the fire into the frying pan when he decided to take up writing as a means to fulfill his passion to create characters and worlds that he longed to inhabit or longed to avoid.
He is an alumnus of Florida International Universitys Creative Writing program and the recipient of a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship.
His first novel, Die Laughing, is a humorously dark sci-fi adventure that takes place in the 1950s. It speaks of his love for science fiction B movies, particularly low budget black and whites with outlandish titles like I Married A Monster From Outer Space, Invasion of the Saucer-Men, Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers, and Robot Monster.
His second novel, Pedal, is a contemporary womens lit story of a 49 year old elementary school music teacher who is fired and struggles to reclaim her life back through bicycle racing.
One of Louis close friends lost his job and had to deal with the self-doubt that comes from forced unemployment. How everyday people face turning points in their lives was a compelling issue that Louis knew he had to explore.
He wrote Pedal with the belief that it will appeal to anyone interested in how ordinary people struggle against adversity. He hopes it will inspire readers of all ages to rise above it.
In third novel, Anatomy of a Humachine is a science fiction epic spanning two centuries and crossing two planets. Book I: To Dream centers on J-1, an artificial intelligence struggling to find his humanity; the grieving scientist who created him; the ruthless head of the corporation who owns him; and the iron-willed leader of a rebel force seeking revenge for the death of her family and the destruction of her planet. Lowy wanted to explore human emotions and how they affect those who are lucky, or unfortunate, enough to have them.
Louis was born in Pittsburgh, but moved to South Florida with his parents at a young age. He lives in Miami Lakes, FL with his wife, daughter, and a terrier named KC. They have a son in Seattle who is studying Asian Literature.
Non-fiction short story “A Bazaar Afternoon” April/May 2008, Coral Living Magazine
Poem “The Proposal” Summer 09, Merge: A Journal of Convergent Ideas
Poem “Poetry Workshop (Mary had a little lamb)” April, 09 second prize winner of Winning Writers Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
Short story “The Guiding Light” Fall 09, New Plains Review
Short Story “Of Toil and Trouble” Oct. 2010, Ethereal Tales #9
Short Story “Morrison’s Last Autograph” Jan. 2011, Bete Noire #2
Flash Fiction “Fight the Future or Why My Wife Left Me” Feb. 2011, The Toucan Magazine #10
Short Story “The Lord Was My Shepherd” May 2011, Pushing Out the Boat #10
Short Story “The One Cupper” May 2011, The MacGuffin Magazine
Short Story “Mr. Mechanic” Summer 2011, The Chaffey Review
Short Story “Joy Ride” July, 2011 Enizagam
Novel Die Laughing August, 2011 IFWG Publications
Short Story “An Inconsequential Matter Part 1” Jan. 2014, Anterior Review
Short Story “A Hole in the Night” Jan. 2014, Everything Is Broken Stories Edited By John Dufresne
Novel Die Laughing re-release March, 2015 IFWG Publications
Novel Pedal January, 2015 Assent Publishing/Panoptic Books
Novel To Dream: Anatomy of a Humachine Jan., 2017 IFWG Publishing