Richard Lewis

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Richard Lewis is the son of American missionary parents. Although he attended university in the United States, he was born, raised, and lives in Bali, Indonesia.  He is the author of four books for young adults, including Monster's Proof, The Demon Queen and The Killing Sea.

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Books by this Author

The Demon Queen
Monster's Proof
The Flame Tree
The Killing Sea

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. 1) Never leave good waves and 2) You have to leave good waves to find even better ones

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Air dryers in public rest rooms

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I don't brag, and when I'm surfing, I don't snake waves.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My mother, without question. 82 years old and still going strong, helping others.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness? I'd settle for approximate happinesses, one of which would be salt water running out of my nose from a fun surf as I drink cold beer and eat hot pizza with my family who tell me what a wonderful husband and father I am. Another would be mail from readers.

Author Voices

December 16, 2009

When I was a boy, this was my reading chair*. It was big enough and I was small enough for me to prop my legs up, feet on the edge of the seat and knees leaning against the arms, and get lost in a book. I read for hours and hours in this chair, ignoring the breeze calling me to play at the beach or the temple banyan, ignoring whatever my boring parents were doing, ignoring my brothers and sisters. This chair has survived the years, and is presently in our guest bedroom, where I am typing this because the weather has turned stinking hot and this bedroom has the only air conditioner (we value our guests' comforts more than we do our own). And as I write... see more

August 11, 2009

In which all the rules are broken. At the end I have appended a select list of the major rules broken While I wrote this for fun, agents unfortunately continue to receive queries like this all too often. Do NOT use this as your query model. THE QUERY FROM HELL Maximus Bonum Top o' the Line Literary Agency Avenue of the Universes New York Hi there Maxi, How would you like to represent a future Noble prize winner in literature? I am sure you would! Actually, I can't promise I would win that prize because of all the politicing involved, but I can promise you that anyone who represents my novels will make a bundle of money and become quite famous in his own... see more

May 05, 2009

Consider Shakespeare. His name seems immortal. As long as there exist human beings and words, it is almost certain that Shakespeare will remain the bane of every high school student who has to study "Hamlet" in Lit class. Consider, on the other hand, L. E. J. Brouwer. Who? What, you don't know? The Brouwer of the fixed point theorem? This is a very important mathematical theorem that basically says that one point of certain systems is going to stay right where it is regardless of how one transforms the system. James Bond prefers his martinis shaken, not stirred. He can rest assured that even if shaken, there is a tiny drop of martini that will... see more

April 24, 2009

As the son of American missionaries in the 1960s, who went to Christian boarding school, I grew up with devotions, church, Bible study, youth groups as a big part of my family and social life. I had a hard time with Bible studies because I a) I never really liked being told what to I had to believe and b) I was the type who could point out possible different interpretations and possibilities of logic and drive the study leader crazy. (Being polite I rarely did this). Lately, I've been trying something different. I'm a storyteller—don't necessarily want to be, but that's what I am—so I'm thinking through issues of faith through the lens of... see more