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Interview with Lila Rose

November 21, 2017

I was born in Brisbane Australia, my step-dad was in the Army which caused us to move around a lot. We finally settled in country Victoria, Australia. I am the youngest of four children and I can say that I was spoilt a bit. I drove my mum crazy when I refused to eat meat at a young age.

     

Now I live with my husband and two children, and I find myself regretting all the troubles I put my parents through because my monsters are just as picky as I was.

     

I started writing in 2013 and self-published the first of the Hawks MC Club series Holding Out. The next to follow was something different, I wrote Senseless Attraction, a YA novel. Soon, I was back to the Hawks series with number two Climbing Out. I have more to write in the series, but there will be also be more novels in the humorous erotica genre, like Left to Chance.

 

Now, on with the interview...

ME: What is your favorite childhood book?

LILA: Lol, Green Eggs and Ham

 

ME: What is the first book that made you cry?

LILA: Jeaniene Frost, the one where I thought Bones had died.

 

ME: Is writing your primary 'job' or do you have another source of income?

LILA: Motherhood is my first job, then writing :)

 

ME: Do people around you know you write romance/erotica and what do they think about it? 

LILA: Yes, some think it’s great, others think I have a dirty mind and then some ask if people still actually read.

 

ME: Do you believe in writer’s block? If not why not? And if so what suggestions do you have to start the juices flowing again.

LILA: Yes, and I try to skip onto a part that’s more in my mind before going back and trying again.

 

ME: Now let's talk about your process or a bit. Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer?

LILA: Fly by all the way. I never plot.

 

ME: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

LILA: Um… none, unless I don’t fully understand a job I give the character or if I pick for them to be deaf, like I did, then I look into guide dogs and such.

 

ME: Would you rather write standalones, standalones with connections to your other works, or multi book series with no true conclusion until the very end?

LILA: I try for standalones.

 

ME: Where do your story ideas come from?

LILA: My mind, dreams and some people in my life.

 

ME: Do you ever base your characters, events or locations on real people, events or places?

LILA: Yes to all.

 

ME: Is there a character in one of your books loosely based off yourself?

LILA: Kenzie is like me. Actually a lot of them have a part of myself in them in some way. I’m a little crazy like that.

 

ME: What process do you use for selecting the names of your characters?

LILA: Sometimes I Google baby names and I also ask my street team.

 

ME: Who has been your most difficult character to write so far?

LILA: Beast because I made him deaf.

 

ME: Have you ever killed off someone who pissed you off in one of your books?

LILA: Not a main character, but all the bad guys piss me off.

 

ME: What was your hardest scene to write?

LILA: SEX. I hate it.

 

ME: Umm, I assume you just mean you hate writing it...

LILA: LOL. Yes, That's right!

 

ME: Phew! You had me worried for a second there. Does writing energize or exhaust you, and why?

LILA: Both. Energize because I love the world I’m building and exhausts me because it can be draining mentally.

 

ME: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal, and why?

LILA: Ah… I’m seriously not sure. Maybe a hawk.

 

ME: Gee, I wonder why - could it be the Hawks MC :P Ok, let's move along to some advice to the budding novelists out there. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

LILA: Keep going.

 

ME: What are common traps for aspiring writers?

LILA: Reading reviews and letting them get to you.

 

ME: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

LILA: Spent, and still spending on photographers for the covers.

 

ME: Thanks, Lila! Can't wait to hang with you again at #RTC2018

 

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