Hi Lily. It’s so nice to have you here today. So tell me, what drew you to write in your current genre?
The book I'm writing at the minute is my 1st full length fiction project, its paranormal fiction. The reason I write at all is because I love the idea of painting an image in someones head, making them feel emotions without anything other than my words and their own imaginations.
Thats so interesting. To actually paint an image into someone else’s mind is no easy feat.
I’m terrible when it comes to writing. I usually have two novels on the go at one time. How many novels have you written to date and are they all in the same genre?
This is my first novel. I have published some of my notes from when I first began learning about witchcraft and of course there's 'Hope Moon' which is the reason I'm on the VBT.
I know a few Wiccans and as a Spiritualist, I find that we think along the same path. We both work with Mother Nature and the powers of the universe. Anyway, enough procrastinating. >G< I usually plot to death and then change my mind half way through a story lol So how much time do you spent on plotting etc before you start writing?
In short.. . a lot! I spend ages turning scenes over and over in my head until I can see all the details, the tiny little things that don't even get mentioned.
You sound very methodical. I like that in a person. It’s the little things that make the bigger picture work, right! In the summer I’m always down the beach writing, when I’m not working. So tell me, where do you do most of your writing?
In bed, or by the river... I live right next to a National Park.
How lovely. Again you are communing with Mother Nature. The energy around you must be phenomenal.
I should have communed more with nature a few years ago when I was writing!!! Recently, I found a book I’d written 20 years ago, it was sooo bad, I cringed. Looking back, What’s the worst thing you’ve ever written? Come on, tell us. Don’t be shy lol
Oooooh that's a tough question... probably my diary ha ha ha
Now to the part everyone is dying to know about. Tell me about your latest release.
'Hope Moon' is a book that was put together and published in just 3 days to raise money for the Haiti earthquake appeal. I can't really call it 'my' release, there were a lot of people involved and it just wouldn't have happened without them.
THREE DAYS!!! Goodness me. Well done on that feat. What a wonderful legacy you're leaving. I really hope this sells well for you. So how can your readers keep up with your news?
There's my website www.hedge-witchery.com, my personal blog http://hedge-witchery.blogspot.com/ , Hedge Witchery Books blog http://hedge-witcherybooks.blogspot.com/ and twitter @LilyOak.
Most authors rely on critique partners for an extra eye on when they are writing. Who do you rely on and why?
My boyfriend Morgan is the most well read person I know, and at times a fairly harsh critic, but I can really rely on his opinion. A lot of my poetry and articles are online and I can usually rely on the online community to give me feedback.
You can always rely on family for a good critique lol I love it when I get to the end of my novel and I can breathe again! What’s your favourite part of writing?
Building scenes, describing details, turning a picture into words and wondering what picture the reader will build with them.
How do you get past all the frustrations that come with trying to be a successful writer?
I don't get frustrated. I remember why I love writing.
I’m a romance/paranormal writer, but I love to read historical. What do you like to read?
Paranormal fiction and fantasy.
Well that’s all from Lily. What a fascinating lady.Please leave her comment and remember, this book is for a tremendous good cause. Dig deep into your soul and buy it. I know I will.
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