Okay, okay, so everyone who knows me also knows that I am a pussy-cat and would have difficulties dominating a flea! So I suppose, I'll just have to take pleasure in kindly putting her in the hot seat and seeing if she will submit to a gentle nudge. Something tells me she's the type who plays nicely, so lets see what she has to say!!!
Lila, how did you feel when you got your first publishing contract?
To be honest I had mixed emotions when I got my first contract. I was foremost ecstatic coupled with almost complete disbelief. It almost seemed surreal. But, I got a contract off of my one and only submission so the thought kept crossing my mind—what’s wrong with this picture, could it really have been that easy?
My experience was exactly the same. I wonder what else we have in common. Let's see.....oh, I know, how do you categorize yourself: pantser or plotter?
I’m primarily a plotter, but at some point in my stories that morphs into semi-panster as I get to know the characters a bit better. And as Ren so graciously pointed out when you talked to him, all some characters have to do is look at me with a stern Dom eye and I melt and bend to their wishes.
Yes ma'am, he certainly has that effect of the ladies, this one especially. As an author myself, sometimes people ask my advice. What is the biggest piece of advice you can give a beginning writer?
I’m full of advice, so narrowing that down to just one big piece is difficult. There are so many important pieces. I’d say to new writers do your research. Not just for your stories for accuracy but research the houses you are submitting to and make sure you’re a good fit. Also, don’t fall prey to the drama that can surround this industry through social networking—it’s great for promotion, but can ruin you in a minute if you present yourself as anything less than professional in that arena.
Oh, you hit the nail on the head for that one.
Speaking of writing and promoting, time is always tight and we rarely have time to enjoy the good things in life. Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Well, I used to have plenty of them until I found I have a bit of a blood pressure issue. My guilty pleasures have gone from chocolates, Starbucks and Pringles to fresh fruit, Greek yogurt and honey. However, my all time guilty pleasure is ditching everything for the day and carrying my tail to the shore where I can lie about on the sand and watch the Recon marines do push-ups in the surf at noon. I’d say that more than makes up for the loss of Starbucks.
That may make up for the Starbucks thing, but you're definitely risking raising the blood pressure there, my friend. Be careful and next time you find yourself checking the quality of our troops, take a picture or two and share.
Watching those guys would surely inspire me. What influences your writing? And why?
People tend to write what they know and I know marines. I’ve been married to one for nearly fifteen years and many of my stories revolve around them. What’s not to love in an alpha hero who is big, strong, dominant, gets rid of bad guys and makes love like they mean it because there may not be another chance for weeks?
Lila, there ain't nothin' better than that. Men in uniforms, especially marines, do it for me every time!
Not to change the subject, but if you get me to talking about men, we may be here a while. So to be on the safe side, tell me, what are you working on now?
I’ve got several irons in the fire. I’m working on the sequel to Identity Crisis, True Identity—a marine is involved ladies. And there will be a third in that series Assumed Identity. I’m not sure it will go past those three books. These are novellas and I’d like to move on in that genre to some full length novels. I’m also working on the rest of the Delaney Brothers series—A Slower Lower Life and the third book in that series that’s not quite named yet. Also later this year, books two and three in the Force Recon anthology series will come out. My cup runneth over.
It certainly does. You are one busy lady as are most authors, which leads me to my next question...Who is your favorite all-time author?
I truly don’t have one all-time favorite. And I love a variety of genres spanning classics to mainstream to at one point in my life vampires to romance. Some of the people at the top of my lists have included Hemingway, Anne Rice, King, Sparks, Cherise Sinclair, and Maya Banks.
That's a top of the line list you have going there. A wide variety. They all have so much to offer and even though most are household names, I bet they've come across things that have been hard to write about. I know I struggle with love scenes sometimes. Are love scenes easy/difficult for you?
When I first started out they weren’t necessarily so much difficult to write as I had my boundaries firmly established close to home. Then as I became more experienced those boundaries extended. I know many people say they have a hard time writing the love scenes, I myself love to write them. I love getting in someone else’s head and putting to words all that they are feeling physically and emotionally.
I completely understand and being able to get in a character's head, well I don't have to tell you, it's noticeable and the characters shine because of it.
Sometimes, as with any career, we need a break. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
With my husband. Anywhere. He’s currently away on business and I’d give anything to be able to touch him and hear his voice in person.
That's a great place to be, do doubt. Do you have another career besides writing? What is it?
I don’t work outside the home, but I do have a gig working for Rebel Ink Press as their Marketing Director. I love being able to help other writers achieve their goals and watching how happy it makes them when they succeed.
That sounds as rewarding as writing your own stories and I'm certain you're appreciated.
To date, which is your favorite story? Which one did you have the most fun writing?
To date it’s a toss up between Identity Crisis and Bound by Trust. Of course comparing the two are like comparing apples to oranges. Identity Crisis is a BDSM/ménage and Bound by Trust is about a war widow and her journey to learning to love and trust again. Two completely different sets of emotions involved and loved writing them both.
I can't wait to read them. Identity Crisis is in my TBR pile as well as in a ton of other reader's lists, too, I'm sure. So, if you had the opportunity to say one thing to your readers, what would that be?
Thank you. If it weren’t for readers there would be no writing career.
Now for some fun stuff... Whipped Cream, Strawberry Sauce or Chocolate Syrup?
Whipped cream—I mean what other food can you create a bikini out of successfully and then have it licked away?
I LOVE THAT ANSWER!!
Now let's get really personal. What is the craziest/sexiest thing you have ever done in public?
I made out in the dunes on the beach with the hubs while there were troops over the dune conducting ops. And no we weren’t 18, in fact it was after our nest was empty. Don’t let him know I told…K?
Ohhhhhh lala!!! That's as sexy as it gets...a little hint of exhibitionism mixed in with that BDSM, manage mind of yours, I see. I think after forty, you should get a free pass to fool around whenever and wherever the mood strikes. LOL! My kids would argue that, but who cares?
I am so glad you came by this week and look forward to the rest of the week, too.
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