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A Center Stage Moment: Wayne Lemmons


Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”

A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Wayne Lemmons!


Remember when you were a kid and told everyone that you wanted to be an astronaut-cowboy-billionaire? I didn’t really do any of that, but the principle still remains the same. I’m a wrench-monkey by day, a writer/editor/proofreader/drunkard by night, and a scuba diver on the weekends. I was born in Kentucky and somehow found myself St. Petersburg, FL living on a sailboat with a group of eclectic neighbors that are sure to grace the pages of one of my books in the near future. What a terribly boring life I lead, right?

I’ve been writing since I pumped out my first short story at the glorious age of nine. For some reason the story was absolutely violent beyond belief and I’m thankful that I’ve been able to tone down the language since then. I was a vulgar little kid. 

I’m continuing the dream of that nine-year-old by writing full-length novels that will take you to emotional places that you may or may not want to go, but the journey will leave you fulfilled and unsettled. Two feelings that I love to invoke.

So read my books! You’ll love them, I promise!

I love reading author bios. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? From the time I could scribble a few words on a sheet of procured notebook paper with whatever crayon was closest, I’ve been writing stories. Writing has always been my dream.

Why did you choose to write your genre? I actually haven’t chosen a single genre. I’ve published in Sci-Fi, Horror, and Comedy. I’d like to say I’ll settle down and pick just one, but I’m already working on covering all the rest with current and future projects.

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What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? Writing about a private detective with permanent retrograde amnesia was definitely a strange challenge. The poor guy goes from one extreme to the other at every exchange. It was a blast! [Sounds interesting.]

What are you currently working on? I have a few irons in the fire. I’ve been working away at the third book of my Dark Roads Trilogy, another post apocalyptic type of book, and a thriller that I can’t even begin to list the oddities of.


What motivated the plot of your latest book? The most recent motivation came from my family’s last sailing trip. I was looking at the sky over the Skyway Bridge in St. Pete and saw a plane taking a nosedive, but I couldn’t tell that it was a plane at first. All sorts of stuff popped into my head at that instant. The newest book, Way Home, was the result.

What was the hardest story for you to write? The Story’s Writer was, by far, the hardest thing I’ve ever written. That book had me drinking too much and staying awake far into the night. There are a lot of demons in that book, both literal and figurative.


What process do you use to plan your novels? I don’t. My characters kind of lead me around by the nose and tell me what’s next. It can be very frustrating.

Who has been your favorite character to write and why? That’s a tie between Elvis, from The Dark Roads, and Mason Thursday, from Not This Thursday. They’re both incredible people that I was glad to find in the pits of my brain. 


Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Every day and never. Each time I sit down to write, there is a moment where I have no idea what to do next. Luckily, I just start pushing through it and it works out.

Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I’d love to say no to that one, concerning various characters, but I have to admit that even the worst have a little of me hidden inside them. That’s how it all works. That is what happens when you pour your heart into a book. You leave some of yourself behind.

If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Why? All of them, because I never want to limit myself or my imagination.

Which authors inspire you? So many. Simon Clark, Dean Koontz from back in the long ago, J.A. Konrath. All those guys and more.

What novel would you read multiple times? I’m pretty sure I’ve read the Vampyre books by Charlie Huston at least twenty times at this point. Great books with incredible characters. So entertaining.

If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) I would love to meet Jack Sawyer from The Talisman. I’d see if he could teach me how to travel to everywhere.

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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? I’m a dog person. They truly are man’s best friend.

What is your favorite color? Uhhhh… Blue? Yeah. I’ll go with that.

When you’re not writing… I’m a hydraulic mechanic and electrician.

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Thanks for stopping by Wayne!

Join me on Thursday for a special holiday spotlight with Lichelle Slater!

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