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Hey there! My name is Lily Marie, and I write steamy romance. Everything from
paranormal to love in space – I love it all, and I love writing different types of characters, human and non-human.
Can you tells us a couple of random fun facts about you that we wouldn’t otherwise know?
Okay – I am a huge travel addict. England is my addiction, and I’ve traveled over there on my own almost every year from the past 18+ years. I am also an avid photographer, and have been since the 6th grade.
What advice would you give a novice writer to get them off on the right track when publishing romance?
Read in the sub genres you want to write – do your homework. Each one has its own rules and expectations, and you need to know them before you start writing. And write what you love to read, because your love for that type of romance will jump off the page.
Are you a goals oriented kind of author? If so, what kind of goals have you set for yourself for the next year? The next five?
I am – and my career is driven by goals I have for myself and the kind of stories I want to tell. In the next year, I want to expand my catalog of books, and explore several different sub genres I enjoy as a reader. The next five years – I’ll be doing the same: keep writing, keep publishing, and enjoy the wild ride.
I have 2 completed series so far: The Forbidden Series, which is PNR, and The Thief of Ishel, which is fantasy romance. I also have 2 in progress: The Hawkins Brothers, which is BBW billionare romance, and The T’An Chronicles, which is sci fi alien romance.
How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula, or character maps?
I write a bit differently from most authors I know. I have been making up stories in my head since I was in first grade, and I do the same now. It plays out like a film, I write down a quick outline of where I want to go, and I’m off. I do simple character sheets if it’s for a series, so I can keep track of basics, and any changes I make to the character – like scars, injuries, etc. I do tend to beat my characters up. I also keep a timeline for each book, for continuity and timing of
scenes. My next goal is to take all my notes and put them into a series bible.
Tell us a bit about your writing day. How much time do you spend researching, writing and promoting? What has to happen for you to feel you’ve had a successful writing day?
I do a good bit of research as I’m writing the outline, then finish up when I’m done with my first draft. Depending on the day, I’ll write between 3-8 hours. The longer days are spread out, with breaks to clear my mind, and move around. Promoting is something I work on about once a week, a month in advance of the promotion. I like to have it scheduled early, so I have time to get ready for it, and have ad grouped together for the most exposure. For me, a successful writing day is writing hard and fast, until I literally run out of steam, and my brain says no more. Some of my most powerful and emotional work has come out of those sessions, so I try to do it as often as possible.
What, in your opinion, is going to go out of favor in the romance reader world over the next year? What do you think will be the next “big thing”?
I believe the next big thing is werebear shifters (which is already hitting hard and fast), and sci fi alien romance. As for what is going to go out of favor – I can’t really see any of the sub genres doing that, not completely. There are so many amazing romance readers, and as a romance reader, I love the variety I can find in one of my favorite genres.
I love Anji Pearce from the T’An Chronicles – she’s feisty, strong, has a good heart, and a good head on her shoulders. Plus she gets to fall for one of the sexiest aliens I know.
What’s coming down the pike for Lily Marie? When can we expect to see it released to the world?
Alien Love, Book 2 of The T’’An Chronicles, is coming this month, as well as One Wedding, the final part of Marcus’ trilogy in The Hawkins Brothers. I am also co-writing the first of a series of BBW werebear shifter romances with Terra Wolf, and I am very excited about those. The first book, Wounds to Bear, will release on August 20.
Can you share an excerpt of your upcoming book, or recently released one?
Sure! Here is a sneak peek at Alien Love:
Anji Suun Pearce fought against the weights dragging her deeper into the water. Without the use of her hands, she knew it was a battle she wouldn’t win, but she refused to give up.
She took precious seconds to push each shoe off, then started kicking. She wasn’t making much progress, but at least she wasn’t sinking into the bottomless, watery depths. The next problem she had was the pressure on her lungs—and that little luxury she liked to call breathing. She’d need to do it soon, whether she was free of the water or not.
With renewed determination she kicked harder, her legs starting to cramp from the effort. She was going to die down here, without ever seeing Kiele again, touching him, knowing if he was all right—
Her lungs wanted air, begged for air, and the pressure in her head from lack of oxygen left her dizzy. It was getting harder to focus, or remember why she fought so hard. The water was so cool on her skin, and she could simply float, rest for a minute, then—
She forced herself out of the growing stupor, though it became harder with each second she couldn’t breathe. Any time now, her lungs were going to mutiny, and suck in a big mouthful of water. Then Kiele would have no chance at all.
Movement froze her. Were there fish down here? Big enough to see her as lunch? That was all she needed. Stopping had her sinking again, even faster than before. She tried to kick, to get away from the fast approaching threat, and to keep from dropping even farther.
She screamed when the threat smacked into her, and did what she’d been fighting—she let water in.
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