Editor’s Note: This exchange is part of a series of brief interviews with emerging writers of recent or forthcoming books. If you enjoyed it, please visit other interviews in the I’ve Got Questions feature.
- What’s the title of your book? Fiction? Nonfiction? Poetry? Who is the publisher and what’s the publication date?
Fight Like A Girl, is a nonfiction, historical compilation of 25 of the toughest female warriors in history. It’s published by Regal House and the official launch date is January 15th 2022.
- In a couple of sentences, what’s the book about?
Women have been successfully fighting in combat roles since the beginning of time. Their exploits are tragic, triumphant, awe-inspiring, and even humorous. But their stories are relatively unknown. These women warriors—these “Band of Sisters,” as it were—had far-reaching effects on the entire world, and their stories deserve to be told.
- What’s the book’s genre (for fiction and nonfiction) or primary style (for poetry)?
Fight Like A Girl is my foray out of children’s picture books and into the Middle-Grade historical nonfiction genre.
- What’s the nicest thing anyone has said about the book so far?
Boston Globe: “In lively prose, and beautifully illustrated by Hila Ronis, Lewis shows the courage, resourcefulness, and leadership of these remarkable women.”
Midwest Book Review: “Fight Like a Girl is inspiring nonfiction reading and a fine survey of relatively unknown women whose efforts changed their world. It deserves to be in any middle-grade collection seeking to put the roles and achievements of women in their proper place in history.”
- Why this book? Why now?
Any time should be a good time to recognize the kind of awe-inspiring achievements these women accomplished – and the impact they had on the world – but now, more than ever, it seems especially timely to have these amazing historical figures thrust into the spotlight.
- Other than writing this book, what’s the best job you’ve ever had?
Working as a production assistant for Warner Bros. and having the immense pleasure of working – albeit, far too infrequently – as an actor on television; most notably with Art Carney and Audrey Meadows of “The Honeymooners” fame.
- What do you want readers to take away from the book?
A large receipt showing the purchase of several copies.
- What food and/or music do you associate with the book?
Interesting question, as I’m a huge foodie. Given the diversity of the characters that are showcased in the book, I’m happy to report that perusing Fight Like A Girl will likely conjure up a wide range of international food delicacies and an equally satisfying catalogue of musical tastes and genres.
- What book(s) are you reading currently?
I’m a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual, and thoroughly enjoy reading about retirement planning, wealth creation, wealth protection, and estate planning. As a result, I’m usually leaving a trail of related reading material all over my house.
For pleasure, I’m just wrapping up The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson
Learn more about Michael at his website.
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