INTERVIEW WITH LILLY RAYMAN ❤️
How and when did you get started as a writer?
I used to write when I was in High School, it was my way of escaping the reality of being bullied. However, I never became a published writer until after the birth of my first daughter.
Why did you decide to be a writer?
I started writing for myself, only, as was encouraged to post my first completed manuscript in an online writing rally. It was completely unedited, yet it won Best Work and Most Popular Work in the 2014 iParchment writing rally. The prize money paid for a professional editor, and at the end of 2014 my first novel, An Unexpected Bonding was published.
How do you usually find your ideas?
If I knew, I’d turn the tap off. I have too many ideas flooding my brain at the moment and not enough time to write!
What are your goals as an author?
I guess any author would love to have a Best Seller status, but humbly, I would just love to entertain the myriad of book readers in the world. However, a movie deal? That would be awesome!
When did you first consider yourself an author?
When I held my first paperback in my hand!
Did you have a hard time sharing your work with the public?
I have a hard time NOT sharing my work. I’m so excited by what I write that I want everyone else to feel the enthusiasm I have for my words.
What genres do you write?
Paranormal Romance with a western flair. I also have an historical romance published, and another historical in progress.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Well, actually, I’m a closet Trekkie, and I love Star Wars. I was actually invited to participate in a Space Opera anthology. I had a blast writing a 5000-word story for the anthology that will be released Fall 2018. I combined “future” characters from my Unexpected Trilogy with Space!
What inspires you to write?
When I feel stressed, I want to escape, so I allow the myriad of stories in my mind out and the words come forth.
How long does it take you to write a novel?
How long’s a piece of string? I’ve written short stories in less than a day, or the second book of my Unexpected Trilogy has taken me two or three years, and I’m still not finished.
If you could be one of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?
Su, from my work in progress, Dragon Scorned. She is just a powerhouse of dragon and magic in a tiny frame!
What are you working on at the moment?
What am I not working on? LOL! An Unexpected Revelation, book two of the Unexpected Trilogy.
An Unexpected Undercurrent – Building Love Charity Anthology
Roping Her Duke – An Historical Western with Regency charm.
An Unexpected Christmas – A special short story for my newsletter subscribers.
Can you give a little morsel of what you are working on?
“I’ve changed my mind.” Julio’s stern voice cut through the haze in Quintessa’s mind. She had never felt so desirable in all her life. She spun away from the mirror to face her mate. The thick velvet cloak fanned out as it followed her around.
“What do you mean?”
“We’re not going out.” Growled Julio.
“What? Why?” Snapped Quintessa, she was finally feeling excited at the prospect, although Julio still hadn’t changed into his promised perfect costume.
The smirk that lifted Julio’s lips gave his face a predatory look as he stalked towards her. “Because, my dear, you look good enough to eat, and the big bad wolf wants to ravage you all night instead of show you off.”
A new found confidence burst through Quintessa, and she danced past her mate towards the door of their bedroom escaping before he could capture her. She paused at the top of the stairs, her hands sweeping across the tightly laced corset of her dress, before calling back down the hall. “Hurry up, Julio, get in your costume, the pups are waiting for us.”
An Unexpected Halloween – A Bonus short for a Fall giveaway this October.
What can we expect in the near future?
Love Hurts: Love Sucks – An Anti-Valentines Anthology – Coming Feb 2018
An Unexpected Space Story – 42 And Beyond: A Space Opera Anthology – Fall 2018
An Unexpected Undercurrent: Building Love Charity Anthology – Dec 2018
If you could choose an author to be your mentor, who would it be?
Anne MacCaffery is my ultimate favourite author, she would have been an awesome mentor.
Do you have any suggestions to help become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Be conscious of what you are writing. Be interesting and engaging. Readers don’t need a paragraph of character description, just slip it in to the prose. Additionally, we don’t need to know about every meal or shower, not unless it has important impact on the story. In other words, don’t fill your word count with “fluff”.
Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I’m immensely self conscious of my weight. I wish I was a super model, but I’m a volumptuous diva!
What is your greatest weakness?
My addiction to my iPhone.
What is your greatest strength?
My husband and my children.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to chase cattle across the Australian outback on horseback. As an English born child, that dream seemed impossible – but I’ve done it!
Any Wolverine or X-men movie
Black and Red
Any of the Dragonmen of Pern series by Anne MacCaffery
Where can people find you?