Reader Group Q&A

For National Authors Day, my VA set up a Q&A with readers and today was when I was going to do this big video and answer all the questions. Two problems with this scenario.

  1. National Authors Day was November 1…NOT November 11 (we’re 11 days too late)
  2. I should have known my anxiety would get the best of me and I’d not be able to pull the video thing off.

So…here we are. On the blog instead! Keep reading for the Q&A. 😉

Do you usually write a prologue first or outline of characters or do you just start writing?
In the past, all I needed was the characters, how the story started and how it ended and I could just sit down and write. How they got from point A to point B filled itself in along the way. Over the years though, that’s evolved a bit and I’ve been outlining more, mapping out each scene in advance. It makes the story write quicker this was.

When did you first decide to become a writer?
I’m not sure I ‘decided’ to become a writer. It just sort of happened. Way back in 2002, I found Fanfiction, which is fan-written stories based on characters of a TV Show or books. In my case, it was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Anyway…I could not get enough of it and it eventually got to where I wasn’t finding the type of stories I wanted to write so at work one day (I managed a video store) I grabbed a notebook and just started writing. I had no intentions on anyone reading it but an online friend encouraged me to so, I did. And found out real quick the harsh reality of REVIEWS. LOL Fast forward 3 years, someone asked me to write an all original characters story on a dare so Destined Hearts was born. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s a freebie for subscribing to my Newsletter.

How many hours a day do you write?
It depends. Some days its several hours. Some days not at all.

Do any of your characters hold a special place in your heart?
Noah from A Willow Creek Christmas. I still hear him in my head at times.

Do you listen to music when you write?
I used to, just for background noise but I’m finding now that I need complete silence and nothing in the room to distract me. I envy those author who can write in a coffee shop. All that activity going on around me would be too tempting not to watch so…I write alone, in my office, with the door shut.

Of all the books you’ve written, which is your personal favorite?
A Willow Creek Christmas (Noah, obviously) 😉

What do you like to do to relax? What are your hobbies?
I waste brain cells on TikToK. Once I get on there, I can’t stop watching those short videos.

Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
I spend a part of every day playing Pokemon Go. Gotta catch ’em all! LOL

Do you have a favorite method for plotting? 
I use the index card method. Every scene I want to write goes onto an index card. Some cards may be only one line, others filled out in great detail. Once I have them all written, I then sort them into order as they’ll appear in the book. Sara Cannon has a great video on this method. You can see it HERE if you’re interested.

 Do you have any plans to do any more contemporary romance or paranormal romance novels?
It has always been my plan to get back to the Night Breeds Series but those books did not preform as well as I’d hoped they would. They’ll be more of a labor of love to write so if/when I ever get back to them, I’ll have to work them in between bigger projects. Right now, I have to stick to the bigger earners. A girls got bills to pay, after all. 😉

Do you remember the first romance novel you ever read?
I don’t remember the title but it was probably a Julie Garwood Highlander romance. I read only those for a very long time. Then I found COWBOYS! LOL

What’s one of your favorite books that isn’t one of your own?
Oh….I don’t know if I have a favorite-favorite but I do have a few series I’ve read several times.

 

Thanks to everyone who submitted a question! If you have any more….you can ASK ME YOUR QUESTIONS HERE. I’ll be posting them in my Newsletter so if you haven’t subscribed yet…why not?! Go get on my list HERE.

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About Lily Graison

Lily Graison is a USA TODAY bestselling author of historical western romances. She also writes a variety of genres under the name L. R. Grasion. Most all of her stories lean heavily to the spicy side with strong female leads and heroes who tend to always get what they want. She writes full time and lives in Hickory, NC with her husband and a house full of Yorkies

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