Monday, October 16, 2017

Author Lilly Black Intro and Author Interview

πŸ’— Lilly Black πŸ’—

Jaded Series:
Lilly Black's Jaded Series tells the story of Evan Lucien (female), a former runaway left frigid by years of sexual abuse, and Cain Ballantyne, a strikingly handsome billionaire who was born to privilege.  Streetwise and hardwired to expect the worst of people, Evan sees him immediately for what he is - a playboy out for a good time, but determined to prove her wrong, her persistent suitor spares no resource in seducing her, reminding her at every turn that only one man will succeed where all others have failed.  And Cain is that man...

A Jade’s Trick: Book 1

A Deeper Shade of Jade: Book 2

Precious Jade: Book 3

UnJaded: Book 4

All books available in Kindle Unlimited

About Lilly:
From San Diego, Lilly Black moved to the southeastern U.S. with her husband of 20 years without whom, this series would not be possible.


Lilly's Author Interview

Which writers inspire you?
I like to read a lot of fantasy and horror. One of my favorite authors is Brian Lumley. I can't say he inspired me to write the Jaded Series exactly, but I love that you don't see what's coming next with him. I definitely try to do that.

What are you currently working on?
I am about two thirds of the way into my next book. It's the first in another series that is going to be about something I haven't encountered in erotic romance before. There's a horror component to it, but the book is just as much about the connections between the characters as their circumstances.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I've wanted to be a writer as long as I can remember, but my genre has changed over the years.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Computer! I'm such an obsessive editor that I don't know how people did it in the pre-computer days without going crazy!

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
A little of both. I start with the major events and outcome already planned, then I see where the story leads me as I work toward the ending. 

Do you read much and if so, who are your favorite authors?
I don't read as much as I would like because I have a tendency to absorb the writing style of what I'm reading, so if I'm writing, I can't read much. When I have time, I love Kurt Vonnegut, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Tolkien, and Brian Lumley.

How do you relax?
I play way too many iPad games. I wish I had never discovered them.

What is your favorite quote?
Shakespeare - Much Ado about Nothing "I was born to speak all mirth and no
matter." The line must have been written for me. I am terrible at taking anything seriously. I was in the emergency room with gall stones and cracking jokes, and that shit hurts! haha

What is your favorite movie and why?
I don't know if I can pick an absolute favorite, but if I'm flipping through the channels and come across Pacific Rim, A Walk in the Cloud, or Much Ado about Nothing, I'll watch them every time. Or Deadpool! Every time I hear 'X Gonna Give It To Ya', suddenly I'm looking to see if Deadpool is on demand somewhere.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write for yourself, not for anyone else. There are a lot of writers out there, and it's hard to get your books on anyone's radar, especially when you're self publishing, but if you've written them for yourself, each time someone reads and likes them, it's a bonus. It'll make your day when a new, good review suddenly shows up.

Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Living on a mountaintop with my husband and rescuing animals. Our daughter will be in college in four years, and that's the plan. Being a bestselling writer as well would also be pretty awesome too.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Would omnipotence be too much to ask? 

What secret talents do you have?
I can put on my lipstick in class by placing it in my bra and leaning my head over and... Nah, just kidding. I invented post-its.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
There's this cave they found in Vietnam that could hold a block of forty story skyscrapers at one point. It's called the Hang Son Doong, and the pictures are absolutely amazing. It has a lake and its own rain forest. I think it takes like a week just to walk through the entire cave. I would love to see that. Or Hawaii. Hawaii sounds nice.

What does your writing process look like?
A middle-aged lady driving around in her SUV talking to herself. (That's not a joke.)

What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
I love the whole writing process, and self-publishing has been great because I can do whatever I want. I do hate how the books are printed as they are ordered, affording me the opportunity to edit until hell freezes over. I am terrible about calling something finished, and if I had a publisher who printed a million copies, I wouldn't have a choice. So...any publishers out there willing to save me from myself? I honestly never tried to find a publisher. I queried a few agents in the very beginning, but for me, writing the query letter was harder than the entire four book series. I found it a torturous process completely beyond my scope of capabilities. That might be different now that I've learned more, but when I was first starting out, I would rather have taken a beating than write a query letter.

Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
Honestly? It's the romance part of erotic romance that's hard for me. I'm not a very romantic person, so I have to think outside of my element when I put those parts in. The erotic part of it is much easier for me.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
At this point, I can only say that it's a big departure from the Jaded Series. There may be rich rock stars, but there really can no longer be rich rock stars in the world I've created.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Time. I have vision issues so I can only be in front of the computer so many hours in a day, which limits how much I can get accomplished.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
I think all of the characters are little pieces of me, but none of them are all of me. I'm just not that interesting. haha

Are there any new authors that have grabbed your interest?
In the erotic romance genre, I'd have to say Keira Belle. She only has one book out right now, which I read after meeting her in a group on Facebook for authors, and I really love the way she surprised me. I'm always predicting what comes next when reading or watching a movie, and I hate it when I'm right. Keira made me wrong so many times!

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