The Blog of Author Robert K. Lewis

R.I.P. Mark Mallen

I’m sorry to have to bring you this news, however, there will be no more Mark Mallen novels. We submitted a three page synopsis to my editor, and even though they tried to make the numbers work, there was just no way to make it happen.

So, goodbye, Mallen. When I learned of his demise, I actually felt like I’d lost a friend. And as I’d spent over seven years with Mallen, I felt this made sense.

What’s next, you’re wondering? Well, writers write and so I began another novel. It was a struggle to make these new characters NOT sound like my old characters. I slugged through the first draft, and then began all the work that I do before starting the second draft:


This is where I was when something happened, a real game-changer. My wife showed me an article in the NY Times about something I found incredibly beautiful and compelling.  (And no, I can’t tell you what that is as that would ruin the novel) I knew there was a story in this article. I just knew it. Then I suddenly remembered a character from a screenplay I’d written over fifteen years ago. The story hadn’t work, but the character had.

And there it was. Right there. I melded the NY Times article with the character and BOOM! Instant idea. I worked up a pitch and then emailed my agent and pitched it to her. Her response was: “DROP EVERYTHING ELSE! I LOVE THIS!!! This is your big book, go out and get it.”

So, I put the above project away and began working on the new one. Here is the synopsis I worked up for this new novel:


Yes, that’s an original Robert K. Lewis synopsis.

This new book even has a title already: Coda


See ya.







4 responses

  1. lesedgerton

    Okay. Now. Hurry up and write it, Robert! I wanna read it!

    Blue skies, Les

    02/11/2016 at 11:06 pm

    • I’m workin’ it, my brother. I want to have it done by late May/early June to turn over to Agent Lady. Love the support, man. 🙂 Thank you.

      02/12/2016 at 12:17 am

  2. Gary Lisk

    I must tell you how disappointed I am to learn The Mallen series is over! Good luck with your new series!

    11/21/2017 at 6:32 pm

    • Hi Gary, I’m really glad you liked the series to be disappointed by its demise. I might, MIGHT, be continuing at some point with the series but it would be self-pub’d.
      Anyway, thanks again for the comment. 🙂

      12/02/2017 at 9:44 pm

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