A Little About You And Your Book
I’m a writer with no boundaries, who loves everything from paranormal, to romance, to fantasy to mystery to poetry. The books I am pushing to get published are my YA paranormal romance “The Vampire Next Door” and the spiritual romance “Personal Heaven”. Both books are of different genres, but they both have a similar message: love hard and follow your heart. That’s what life should revolve around: love. I want readers to feel as good reading these novels as I did writing them once they become published.
What Inspired You To Start Writing?
I have always loved to make up stories ever since I was a child (I composed my first poem at the age of three!), but what got me writing was my second grade teacher, who was a stickler for how her students wrote. I went from hating to hold a pen to writing like the wind. I finished the first draft of my YA novel (“TVND”) when I was only 15, and edited the final draft when I was 18. I love to read, so I want to share that joy with others with my books and poetry.
How Has Writing Changed Your Life?
It hasn’t changed it much in the basic sense, because it’s been a part of my life for so long. It’s changed it in little ways by introducing me to so many new people whom I may not have met otherwise and it has also allowed me to stop being so self-deprecating when people tell me how much they enjoy what they have read of mine so far on my site. It means so much to have people appreciating my hard work.
What Is Your Favourite Book, Ever?
My favorite book ever would have to be “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte. It was the first book that truly made me FEEL something as I read it, and I can still feel my eyes prickling with tears whenever I reread it. It is inspiring and beautiful and embodies what art should do: make you feel emotions stronger than you ever felt them in “real life”.
What Is The Best Piece Of Writing Advice You Could Give, And Why?
The best piece of writing advice I could ever possibly give is this: don’t pigeonhole yourself when you write. Don’t be conventional and think, “Well, I have already written a [insert genre here] so I’m now expected to write the same type of story the rest of my career.” No! I have written romance, paranormal, fantasy and crime manuscripts and I want to see them ALL published. NEVER, EVER conform or try to change your style of writing to please the masses. If you write the styles and genres you enjoy, people WILL read your books because they can tell you wrote what you enjoyed. Expand your mind and your pen. Don’t limit yourself because there are no boundaries when it comes to the imagination.
If You Were A Dragon, What Kind Of Dragon Would You Be?
Hmmm…well, I have always adored any books to do with dragons, especially ones by Gail Carson Levine, so I have actually given this one some thought before haha! I would be the knowledgeable kind, the ones desperate journeymen (or women) go to when they need answers, and also the kind who protect their nests. I would never let anyone hurt my clan, but I would always help you if you asked nicely.
Check out Lily’s great website
Manuscripts: “The Vampire Next Door” (YA paranormal romance)
“Personal Heaven” (spiritual romance)