There comes a time in every readers life when the planets align and somehow a book you probably wouldn’t normally pick up come to your hands and you take a leap of faith and it turns out to be awesome. This was me with Resist. Lilly is the queen of feels and I just adore her writing style. Enough of me gushing, here is my Five Minutes With … Lilly Avalon.
How long have you been writing?
Years. I’ve been writing since I was little, then a little more in my teenage years. but I didn’t get serious about it until about 3-4 years ago. While I was a teenager, I had the dream of being a published author, but I lacked the motivation to actually do it. I did have the determination, so that’s why I’ve been able to actually follow through on it.
What was the first story you had written and how old were you?
Oh wow. I wrote a lot of stories while in elementary school, some for class and some for myself. I remember writing stories about animals when I was in first and second grade, but I don’t know if I ever finished writing them completely. I’m sure I wrote a whole story at some point while I was in school, I just can’t remember what it was!
How did you get your start in writing?
I’d say definitely while I was in school. I excelled at writing, spelling, reading, and comprehension (although my grammar is sometimes horrendous, lol). It was just a matter of time until I took the creativity to the next level. I had more focus in high school and my imagination roamed free with a number ideas. I started a lot of stories, but never finished them.
Favourite part of the publishing process?
The cover. I LOVE having my covers made. It’s almost like it solidifies what I’m doing. I know I’m writing a book, I’m telling a story, but when I see the cover, it cements it in my head and that is exciting. Plus, my covers always end up looking so pretty. It’s hard not to love it. Writing-wise, I like the moment when I have the story edited to perfection–when all the spelling and grammatical errors are gone and the wording has been tightened up. That’s an exhilarating feeling.
Do you have a set routine for writing or just ‘when lightning strikes?’
Most of the time, my writing free time is at night from 8PM until midnight (or later, sometimes even 2AM) since I work during the day. Sometimes I can squeeze 15 minutes in before work if inspiration strikes and I need to get it down. When I don’t have plans on my days off, I’ll try to get some more writing in. If I can’t sit down at my laptop, I’ll try to jot down notes to work on later when the ideas come to me. That way I don’t lose anything along the way.