This past Friday was my week for a First Kiss feature and since I didn’t have Wild Horses finished like I hoped, I didn’t post. So today, I thought we’ve have a bit of fun with a Facebook game. I saw this posted over on Kristy McCaffrey’s Blog and decided to play along so here’s twenty questions about me as an author.
1.) What is your Author name?
- Lily Graison
2.) What is the first book you ever published?
3.) What is your publiversary?
4.) What is your favorite book you’ve written thus far?
- I love them all but the characters in A Willow Creek Christmas still whisper to me.
5.) What book took you the longest to write?
- Wild Horses (I’m STILL working on it. It’ll be released by Christmas if it kills me!)
6.) How long did it take you?
- I’m embarrassed to even say. LOL It’s been over a year.
7.) What kind of music (if any) do you listen to while you write?
- Country Music…the volume has to be down very low to where I barely hear it playing.
8.) Who is your favorite character from any of your books?
- Oh gosh..there’s too many! Colt? Holden? Noah? Jesse? Morgan? I can’t decide.
9.) What are you currently working on?
- Wild Horses which is Alexandra Avery and Jesse Samuels story.
10.) Do you have anything you snack on while you write?
- Hot Tamale’s candy or Werther’s Original hard caramels.
11.) What is a favorite quote or line from one of your books?
- Not exactly a quote but this is an exchange between Sarah and Colt from The Outlaw.
“Why did you kiss me?”
He gave her a sudden, lazy smile. “So I’d stop thinking about doing it.” He reached for her, wrapping his hands around her waist and lifted her to the horse.
He put her in the saddle this time and climbed in behind her. She wiggled her bottom to give him more room and gasped when his arm clamped around her waist and he pulled her back into his chest, his head lowering until his breath was warm against her ear. “And if you don’t stop wiggling that ass around on me I’m going to do everything else I can’t stop thinking about, too.”
12.) Are you a self-published or a traditional published author?
- Self-Published now.
13.) What is your writing inspiration?
- I watch a lot of old westerns and listen to music daily. There’s a story in everything we see and do so it doesn’t take much to get new story ideas popping up.
14.) What genre do you write?
- Historical Westerns…and Paranormal and Contemporary when the mood strikes.
15.) Do you have any writing rituals?
- Not really. I like to be alone as I’m easily distracted, which is why it takes me so long to get anything done. Any sort of movement from anyone (even the animals) is enough to draw me out of a story.
16.) Do you have a specific place you write?
- My office. I can shut the door to keep the distractions to a minimum. I just wish it had a lock. LOL
17.) Do you have any advice for inspiring writers?
- It’s been said a million times, but write every day, even if its just a few hundred words. Getting back into a story you haven’t worked on in days (or weeks) is so hard. You lose the momentum you had going and getting back into the groove takes longer than it should. Outside interruptions such as family demands, children and even pets will seem to conspire against you and its up to you to make your writing time a priority.
18.) What are your writing goals?
- I try to write 2,000 words a day, which is about 6 pages. Here lately that hasn’t been happening. I let too many real-life “things” steal my writing time. See question # 17.
19.) What authors inspire you and your writing?
- I love Linda Lael Miller books. I have almost every book she’s published, even a few old vampire books she released back in the 90’s.
- Diana Gabaldon books are epic journeys with characters that seem real to life. I hope to draw readers in like she does with her characters and have them remembered for years to come.
20.) What will be your next release?
- I HOPE to announce a release date for WILD HORSES soon so be sure to follow me on Facebook, subscribe to my Newsletter or join me and other readers in my private Reader Group for the announcement!
Hiding from a future she doesn’t want…
When the new blacksmith in town announces they are to be married, Alexandra Avery does what any bride with cold feet would do. She disobeys her father, dresses in mens clothing, and sneaks away with the cattle drive he just sent east. Little does she know, Jesse Samuels, the annoying boy who made her childhood nearly unbearable is back in town and calling the shots. How will she ever survive being bossed around by him for the next two months?
Handed what he’s coveted the most…
Entrusted with over seeing the cattle drive for the Avery Ranch is a dream come true for Jesse Samuels, that is until he finds the bosses daughter stowed away pretending to be one of the guys. When the others cowboys realize there’s a woman amongst them, his job is made harder trying to protect her. His plan to send her home is thwarted at every turn so he does the only thing he can to ensure her safety. He drags her kicking and screaming to the alter and marries her.
Will love be enough to bind them…
Alexandra and Jesse have always had a love-hate relationship and now he’s made that even harder by binding them. Will they make it back to Montana without killing each other or will the dangers of the open trail show them both what everyone else has known for years.