Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a firm believer in true love as my first serious crush was at the young age of thirteen. Five years later that same boy asked me to marry him. We just celebrated our twenty-sixth wedding anniversary in January. I spent twenty years raising our two children. Ten of those years I spent writing when I found the time. It wasn’t until they were both nearly grown that I devoted more time to my writing and four years ago I converted my daughters old bedroom into an office. I’ve been writing full time since then.
Marie: What books or authors have inspired your writing?
Diana Gabaldon’s “The Outlander Series” and Paullina Simmons’ “The Bronze Horseman Trilogy” are two of my favorite book series. Those two ladies know how to tell a story that captivates you to the point you live and breath their characters. I still see the heroes in those stories as if they were real people and I strive to write something readers will find just as memorable.
Liberty Ann: If you could spend a whole day with one of your characters, where would you go and what would you do? Details please! *wink*
Oh, that’s a tough one! I’d probably pick one of the rockers from my Wicked Series. I mean, who wouldn’t want to hang out with a rock stars? lol And I’d most likely pick Mick. He’s a sinful piece of work that made me blush several times while writing his story. As for what we’d do? Well, I’ll never tell! *wink*
Liberty Ann: If I gave you a box with three items: Bungee cord, Nutella, and a Lolly Pop, what would you do?
Oh, that’s easy. I’d find David Gandy, tie him to the closest hard surface and find out which dessert was sweetest!
Lori: Do you have a favorite place to write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Most days you’ll find me in my office surrounded by clutter. I have a large “L” shaped desk and on any given day, you’ll not be able to see a sliver of wood. I have notebooks and tablets everywhere. Small pieces of paper with story tid-bits jotted down, pens, pencils and highlighters scattered from one corner to another. I’m an office supply junkie. Always have been. The more I have the better I feel. And somehow, in all that chaos, I manage to write ten pages most days. I don’t really have a specific goal in mind when I sit down other than getting as many pages as I can done. Some days are easier than others but I do try to write something, even if it’s a few hundred words, every day.
Vanessa: What is one thing about you that your readers would find surprising or never guess about you?
I spent the last twenty-eight years addicted to nicotine. I smoked a pack a day since I was 16 years old. July 13th 2012 was the day I put them down. I haven’t touched one since.
Vanessa: Can you tell us about your current work in progress, perhaps you could share a favorite fact or piece of fascinating information it?
I’d love to. My current WIP is His Brother’s Wife, a historical western novel that takes place in my fictional town of Willow Creek Montana, circa late 1860’s. The Willow Creek series focuses on the town itself and the people who live in it.
In His Brother’s Wife, my heroine, Grace Kingston arrives as a mail order bride only to learn the man who sent for her is really a fourteen year old boy who thinks he’s man enough to marry. Grace doesn’t agree, nor does his brother, Rafe. Grace realizes immediately Rafe would be a perfect match for her if he wasn’t so blasted pig-headed. He’s rude, surly and most times aloof, but he makes her pulse race with a single glance.
One of the best parts of writing Grace is her sense of fashion. She’s a high society lady from Boston and brings her entire wardrobe with her to Willow Creek. The townspeople in my small frontier community aren’t sure what to make of her and writing her has been such fun. I’ve been making my own period fashions for a number of years and just recently started designing fancy hats. Giving Grace a bit of flair while contributing my own knowledge about fashion in those times has been a blast. If you’d like to see the dresses I’ve made, visit my facebook page and look through my photo albums for My Sewing Projects.
Gaele: Where do your ideas come from? Do you set out to ‘outline’ a plot and situations, or do you let the characters take you along for the ride, and clean it up later? I can get an idea from just about anything. A commercial on TV, something someone says, or just a simple photograph. All it takes is that one small spark. That “What If” question to pop into my mine. Some of those ideas will sustain an entire story, some not so much but every piece is worth exploring. I’ve often found that a piece that wouldn’t work as a whole story would fit wonderfully as a sub-plot for something else.
I’m a panster by nature. A panster is someone who writes by the seat of my pants, for those of you not familiar with the term. I’ve been writing since 2002 and I’ve never plotted my stories beforehand. I’ve tried in the past to get it all down before writing but I always feel like if I know how it all ends, why do I need to type it all out? I like the surprises. I like being in the dark along with my characters. It makes the shocking bits more dramatic for me and keeps it exciting. Sequences or events that take place are all in my head so getting it on paper first is pointless to me.
Gaele: With all the characters you have created – are there any that you feel need to have another book or series to get their “story told”?
I’ve often thought my rock band series, Wicked, needed more. Those four books are novellas and even though each story ends with a HEA, I just want to know what happens next. They’re rock stars, after all. How do they cope with wives and dirty diapers? LOL Apparently my readers feel the same way as I still get emails from them asking for more. Maybe someday I’ll have time to expand that series but for now, I amuse myself with flash fiction based on each book. It keeps my readers happy, and me as well.
Vanessa: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?
I’ll be attending my very first con later this year. The Indie Romance Convention is being held in Tennessee come October and I can’t wait! Finally getting a chance to talk to readers face to face will be the highlight of my year..
LILY GRAISON resides in North Carolina, a stones throw away from the Blue Ridge Mountains and a few hours from the Outer Banks. First published in 2005, her debut novel won a Reviewers Choice Award. The author of over a dozen published books, Lily writes in the Western, Contemporary and Paranormal Romance genres. When not writing, Lily can be found at her sewing machine creating 1800’s Period Dresses or curled up in a chair with a book in her hand.
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