Louis F. Hemsey – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

The Legend of Justice and Diamonds

Justice and Diamonds is an original allegorical work unveiling the legend of The Lady Justice (and how she came to be) and The Jack of Diamonds. It is a Moral, Action, Adventure, Fantasy entwined with Romance, exemplifying the true absolute power of love. The characters were born from Tarot Cards and the traditional deck of playing cards when they ALL ACTUALLY existed as living virtues and beings, fashioned by the Creator. The story is chronicled through the visions of Acellus, the Creator’s scribe, the first angelic being created. . .

It takes place during the first Earth (we are in the second). This is where Good and Evil actually began; each vying for dominance.

Tell us something about yourself.

Raised in Fair Lawn NJ, I am a Composer/Arranger since my late teens. I started out in Music, composing, arranging and producing music for records and TV Commercials in New York, as well as performing classical Guitar concerts all over the US and Europe. I graduated from The Mannes college of Music in NY, majoring in Classical Guitar and composition.

Then, later, I moved to Los Angeles, writing music for film and TV, began writing screenplays, (9 total) as well as learning all about Film production, all aspects.

I have been writing screenplays and now this novel, for the past 17 years.

What inspired you to write this book?

Actually, this first half of this work: The Legend of Justice and Diamonds was originally my first screenplay.

The inspiration came from a series of songs I wrote for a long form music video concept idea I had. I turned those songs, story-wise, into a script MANY years ago. I went on to write 8 more screenplays over the years and then less than a year ago, decided to reverse engineer (if you will) my original screenplay into a novel, and expanded/continued the story in the book to what will be the first two films.

Why did you decide to self-publish?

I self published the novel utilizing Xulon Press as the publisher.

I decided to self publish so I could keep 100% control over the work.

I decided on Xulon press because I would never lose the ownership of the work, even if I decided to move it to another publisher, if I chose to.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I did not exactly. As I indicated, it was a natural extension from my composing of music and producing. I tend to see things in the whole, rather than as a part.

As I wrote the music for the long form videos, the story just wanted to be written in script form, then demanded to exist in novel form. First this script, then many other scripts/ideas that I had, and finally this novel.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Actually, respectfully, and without any hubris, I don’t find it hard.

How do you do research for your books?

Most do not require any research: in the case of this particular book, there was considerable research done as to the meaning of Tarot Cards, their history, and their interconnected use.

And then there is the Bible; many themes are grounded in God’s word here; even though this work is a Secular, Moral, Fantasy, written with allegory and parable.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

Be true to your characters, give them purpose and meaning, good or bad; and they will be there for you as your narrative is developing, practically guiding you inspiration.

What are you reading now?

Nothing at the moment, working on writing the sequel.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

Many genres: Thrillers, Sci-Fi, Psychology, semantics, heavy dramas of all types.

Arthur C Clarke, Sophicles, Sigmund Freud, John Grisham, Dan Brown.

All these men expand, not confine.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Yes, as I indicated, The sequel to “The Legend of Justice and Diamonds.”

Our narrator in the story: “Acellus,” the Creator’s scribe and first angelic being ever created, gives up his position as an angel and wants to be human. The Creator grants him his desire. Now on the earth, he continues to encounter Evil, but in the flesh, his own, and vows becomes human and must protect Eleanor at any cost.

Through the narrative, more answers are learned from the first book as new story and characters unfold in the second.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

If you are self publishing, make sure you get clear answers to questions like:

How are corrections handled, if there are any. What are the costs for those corrections?

Do you (the publisher) do any type of promotion, if so, what, when, and where, how, and to what extent?

What about the cover? Who creates it? What control do I (the author have): MAKE SURE YOU HAVE APPROVAL OF EVERYTHING.


Remember, with self publishing, in the end, you the author will be doing all of the marketing, unless you decide to hire someone, if you can afford it.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Website for the book.

Created long form and short form Videos for the book, up on You Tube, Facebook and the web site.

Get review copies of the book, or pdf of the galley out to organizations that the book’ subject matter would be interested in; make sure you have approval from that organization or publication, or paper, before sending in. DO NOT SEND IN BLIND, Unapproved.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

www.justiceanddiamonds.com (Book website)
www.hentertainmentinc.com (Film Production company website)
www.louhemsey.com (Music production website)