On March 31, Lew Gravis said he had a crazy dream, which inspired “Isaac’s Touch.”
“I woke up the next morning and thought this would make a really good book,” said Gravis a professor at Sampson Community College (SCC). “So that morning, April 1, I started writing my book.”
The science-fiction story is about a young man, Joey Westerfield, who’s able to make a difference in the lives of people with his touch. Up until he’s 11, his life seems very normal growing up in rural North Carolina. Even though the book is called “Issac’s Touch,” the real protagonist is Westerfield. An available excerpt ends in Hawaii just before he meets an angel named Kestral. From there, she is tasked with preparing Joey for extraordinary things.
“Issac’s Touch” may be reviewed at www.isaacstouch.com and nominated for publishing through Kindle Scout, a division of Amazon’s Kindle Press.
“It’s sort of like the American Idol for writers,” Gravis said while describing the process, which comes with an opportunity for publishing.”
Other options include self-publishing or going to publishing companies. Gravis wrote his first novel, “To Kill for a Fortune,” when he was 17. He said the self-published book was one of his bucket list items.
“I always liked writing as far back as I can remember,” he said. “I always felt that I had a knack for it.”
He remembered a time when he wrote a story about being a weed.
“My teacher thought I was crazy,” Gravis said. “I was a lot shier and introverted, but I’m not that way now. Writing was an escape for me.”
After having a few book signings, people asked if he was writing another book. At the time, Gravis didn’t have any plans because of his busy schedule, which includes working at SCC and having a social life. But it was always something he kept in the back of his mind.
The Indiana native graduated from Ball State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Arts in sociology. He later relocated to Raleigh to be close to his parents and shortly after, he was offered a job at SCC. He is currently a sociology professor at the college.
“I really enjoyed it and I think I’m going to continue to write some books on the side,” Gravis said.