Jeffrey Jay Levin, Author Spotlight

After watching a documentary about a 50-year-old unsolved crime, an otherwise ordinary guy finds himself both blessed and burdened by the ability to travel through time and space, but not in the physical sense, and only as it may relate to that unsolved crime.

Braving the debilitating physical effects of his space time continuum journeys, he faces 1970s Mob bosses and their cronies, and murder and deceit, from both sides of the law. Determined to solve the crime and find the long lost art, and buoyed by the still unclaimed $5,000,000 reward, he has to come up with a means of convincing the FBI that his information is valid, without being locked up himself.

Join him and his wife, Adrian, and FBI Special Agent Starling Hebert, who has her own personal reasons for helping, as they try to unravel the reasons behind this new-found ability and return the stolen masterpieces.

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about Jeffrey Jay Levin whose book Watching thrilled me from beginning to end! I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love science fiction but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Jeffrey Jay Levin will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Jeffrey Jay Levin!

Jeffrey Jay Levin grew up in Chicago, Illinois, where he went to school, got married to his high school sweetheart, had 2 daughters, and generally lived life. After a lifetime of grey skies, snow and cold, he convinced his wife that Northern Arizona was the place to be, finally making the move in 2012.  He exercised his creative side by getting into glass blowing.  Needing a more readily available creative outlet, he undertook a complete custom restomod of a 1976 Corvette, which continues to this day.  Much easier to access is writing, which now comprises the great majority of his thought processes. 

Now, how wonderful does Jeffrey Jay Levin  sound?! Jeffrey Jay Levin is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of the author’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and the author and I hope that you enjoy Jeffrey Jay Levin’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself.

Thank you for having me, Aimee.  I grew up in Chicago, Illinois and, after almost 25 years of pestering, convinced my wife to move to Northern Arizona, where we currently reside.  I make my living as a commercial real estate attorney, and was able to loose my inner creative by becoming a glass blower.  I truly surprised myself with how much I enjoyed doing that, since I had convinced myself for many years that “art” was not a calling I would be able to follow.  Like so many lawyers, I was also a frustrated writer.  Making stories up, and keeping them in my head, was something I’d always done.  So, I decided to combine that with my love of movies and wrote some screenplays.  Eventually, that morphed into writing novels.

Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?

Of course.  Watching, Volume 1: The Garden Museum Heist, is really a cross genres novel, combining crime, mystery, thriller and suspense, with a touch of fictional science.  For those of your audience that have read the book, it was actually inspired as I set it up:  my wife and I watched a documentary about an old art heist that had never been solved and it got my mind going.

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

Just do it!  Start writing.  The more you do it, the better you get.  And grow a thick skin!  The rejections will be fast and furious.  Don’t let it get to you.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book? 

The ability to take the reader away from his or her everyday life and lose themselves in the story.  I want the reader to think about the story and characters even after they’ve put the book down.

What is your writing process like?

Ha!  My wife will tell you that it’s just weird.  Once I get an idea, my mind doesn’t stop working through the possibilities.  I wake up in the middle of the night and take notes.  I’ll walk the dog and have to stop to dictate something into my phone.  Once I sit down to write, I just lose myself and let the characters take over.  My favorite thing is when the characters take me in a totally different direction to that which I was expecting to go.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

Since my books are fiction, I get to make up a lot of what I write.  That being said, I also like my stories to be grounded, at least a bit, in reality.  So, for locations, specific buildings and those types of things, the internet is a valuable tool.  It gets me all kinds of information that I would otherwise have to spend a lot of time and money discovering.  I begin the research process before starting to write, but, as I get into the story, find myself going back to research areas I hadn’t expected to need.

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?

Since I still have a day job, I write when I can.  Sometimes the inspiration hits me at work, and I can’t help myself.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I have always been an avid reader.  In high school I loved what are now the classics in science fiction:  Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Heinlein, etc.  Later, I got more into the mystery and suspense genre:  Patterson, Coben, Lee Child.  And Stephen King, although I find that I enjoy his non-horror much more than his horror writing.  I find, though, that when I’m writing I tend not to read as much.  I don’t want elements of somebody else’s story bleeding into what I’m writing.

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?  

My next book, Deep Cover, is scheduled for release on June 27, 2024.  It’s a post-Cold War espionage thriller.  I describe it as, if The Americans and The Manchurian Candidate had a baby, it would be Deep Cover.  I’m also currently writing Volume 2 of the Watching series, so, hopefully that will be available by late 2024.

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Jeffrey Jay Levin! If you have liked what you have read about the author and are interested in learning more, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

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Tom McCaffrey

Got to admit, it sounds like a cool story. Good luck, JJL.