I attended my first author convention last year with the Sydney Author Event and Lilliana was the first author I saw so I dashed to her table to collect her books. She was all smiles, so gracious and happy to answer all my questions (and even all my inane questions that I PM her. She wowed me with her Drawn series. The Drawn series is series that I have never read before, it’s an adult choose your own adventure. So without further delay, here is my Five Minutes With … Lilliana Anderson.
Your heroines are statuesque and embrace their height, what other empowering messages do you convey in your stories?
The most important message I try to convey is ‘triumph over adversity’. I feel that everyone has something in their life that they feel defines them in some way, and I want those reading my books to see my characters struggles and realise that they too, can get past whatever is affecting them.
How did you get your start in writing?
My mother in law was trying to write her memoir, and being a control freak, I took over! lol (that sounds worse than it was – we actually had a great time with it)
Do you base your characters on yourself or on people you know?
I do both. Throughout my life, I’ve met many colourful people, and whether I intend to or not, I tend to find pieces of my friends, family, and even myself in all of my characters.
What do you like more? Writing the protagonist or hero of the story?
Probably the hero, as it’s a little more difficult to write from his perspective being a woman and still have it sound like the thoughts of a man. And I like making my perfect version of a man over and over. 😉
What do you hope readers will remember your writing for?
For making them feel. That’s the big goal here. As an author, we’re dealers of feelings, and I want my readers to come out my books feeling as though they’ve been through the wringer emotionally, but at the same time, I want them to sigh happily, because it all ended just the way it was supposed to.