Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Indie Romance Convention Spotlight with Author Lily Graison

Tell us a little about yourself and what inspired you to become a writer.
I've been writing since 2002 and had my first book published by Linden Bay romance in 2005.  A short story followed a year later with another ePublisher but the lack of control with the final outcome of the books led me to self publish in 2007.  Around that same time, the company I worked for closed their doors due to the economic downturn and I saw it as a blessing in disguise.  I'd been toying with the idea of writing full time but was nervous about taking that final step to make it happen.  With the decision made for me, I converted my daughter's old bedroom into a home office and I haven't regretted it a day.

What type of romance to you write and why?
I can write anything, any genre, and run with it until I'm blue in the face.  When I started writing, I leaned more toward paranormal romances, vampires and werewolves to be exact, but when I first published, it was contemporary romance that caught the attention of publishers.  I eventually dove back into the world of the paranormal but found my true calling in the historical western genre.  I'm having a blast with all those Alpha Cowboy heroes.  There's just something about rugged, hard working men who will do whatever it takes to protect their lady-loves that I can't get enough of.  The story plots keep piling up.  I just hope I have enough time to write them all.

What are you working on right now?
I'm editing a full length novel, His Brother's Wife, the 5th book in my Willow Creek historical western romance series.  The heroine, Grace Kingston, is a mail-order-bride who agrees to marry a man sight unseen.  She realizes her mistake when she travels across the country to find she's promised herself to a fourteen year old boy.  Stranded for the winter, Grace sets out to find a new husband and sets her eye on the older brother of her intended.  Rafe Samuels is unmarried but he's also surly and pig-headed but he makes her pulse race with a single glance.  Burned twice by love, Rafe refuses to help Grace out of her situation regardless of how much he wants her.  Grace has to get past his hardened exterior and show him how to love again before her reputation is in tatters.  But getting Rafe Samuels to admit he needs her will be the hardest thing Grace has ever had to do.

Who would you pick if you could have "Breakfast With the Author"?
Oh, that's easy.  It would be Linda Lael Miller.  I've read nearly every book she's written and something about her stories draw me in like no author can.  Her characters are so real, so full of life.  I'd love to pick her brain a bit and see what makes her tick.

Just for fun - which do you prefer:
Cats or dogs?
Wake up early or stay up late?
Wake Early
Blonds or brunettes?
Hot weather or cold?

If you want to see more about Lily or follow what she's up to, then check her out on the web:

Lily's website:  http://lilygraison.com/website/

Lily's blog:  http://lilygraison.blogspot.com/

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