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Author Interview with Lily Luchesi

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1. Where do you write from?
I usually write indoors, in my bed, propped up against the headboard. On days when my Wi-Fi hates me, I’ll go sit outside, out of the sun, to get as much work as possible done in as timely a manner as I can.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
All my life. I’ve always loved creating stories in my head. By the time I was eight, I had a teacher who encouraged me to write them down and this has been what I’ve wanted to do with my life, professionally, ever since.

3. How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends. My first novel took two months, the second took nearly six, and the third and fourth took three months each. (Those are just first draft timetables.) I try to set a word count goal, but there are days the words just don’t want to come.

4. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
My ideas come from anything, anywhere. The idea for the first book, Stake-Out, in my Paranormal Detectives Series came from watching a crime show and wondering what would happen if a perp turned out to be a vampire. Book three, Life Sentence, came from my hatred of fake people and lies. I have a short story coming next year that was inspired by a song by the band Disturbed.

5. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
My first book was finished when I was fourteen, and I still might publish it some day. It’s paranormal YA. My first book I finished and published was Stake-Out and I was twenty-one when it was released.

6. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I’m a homebody, but when I do go out I love to attend comic conventions and rock concerts. Usually I read, watch the CW or anime, and cook. I love cooking.

7. What Genre do you write?
I write paranormal/horror and erotica. I love horror, always have, and erotica is a new genre for me. I’m still finding my footing there, but my future erotic releases will be horror-based and LGBT friendly.

8. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have three novels published, and have written five (the next two to be released next year, one on January 17th and the other in the summer, finishing off my Paranormal Detectives Series). My favorite is the fifth and final one, for a myriad of reasons, none of which can be divulged due to potential spoilers.

9. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I do, and I love it. I’ve received a few messages about my character Angelica Cross, who is my personal favorite to write. I read a lot of books in my genre, and they have one of two possible heroines: unrealistically powerful ones or ones who constantly need saving. I wanted to write someone very flawed who was a hero anyway. Women have told me she’s their favorite character and she inspires them, which warms my heart to no end!

10. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Be a writer! My backup was to be a psychologist, which I decided when I was thirteen.

11. Tell us about your current project.
I am currently getting ready to edit my fourth PDS book, Right To Silence, which will be released on January 17th 2017 from Vamptasy Publishing. It is a two-part novel, showing my new characters introduced in Life Sentence (the snarky British couple Brighton and Mark) and then picking up where Life Sentence left off with Danny and Angelica. Without giving too many spoilers, we will see our heroes hurt, tested, tortured, and literally going to Hell.

12. How do you handle writers block?
I whine. Hahaha! No, seriously, I blast some music and write fanfiction, which usually gets my creative juices flowing again in a couple of days.

13. What one subject is TABOO in your writing?
Nothing. In my PDSeries, I talk about body image, suicide, PTSD, torture, kidnapping, sexual assault, anxiety, depression, and much more.

14. If there was one book you wish you'd written, which would it be?
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

15. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Lies and fakes, both of which abound in the indie publishing industry.

16. Is there one current tv show that is a "can't miss" for you?
Supernatural. I reference it in my books, I’ve been watching since it’s premiere in 2005, and I even have a tattoo of Baby, the ’67 Chevy Impala that the characters drive.

17. Who was your greatest influence?
Stephen King. He writes multiple genres (anyone who read Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption or The Body will know he is much more than a horror writer), and he writes them well. He creates worlds and people so vivid, you feel as if you know them. I want to do that one day.

18. How do you choose your book covers?
Once I’m done writing, I head over to Bigstock and take hours finding an image, which I then send off to my brilliant artist Rue Volley for creation. Her work is gorgeous, and I’d never have anyone else do my covers if I can help it!

19. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?
I was inside my home when it was set on fire when I was seventeen. It resulted in PTSD, worse depression than I already suffered from, anxiety disorder, and chronic nightmares that turned into insomnia. I am much better than I used to be, improving every day. Sometimes it gets hard to concentrate with my disorders, and I struggle daily to control my own mind.

20. How would a reader find you online? IE: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Street Team, Reader Group.

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