It's that time again and you all know the drill! LOL It's author interview Wednesday and please give our guest Lila Pearce, a warm welcome everyone. Hello Lila! It's great to finally meet you. So let me get this ball rolling...
Who is, Lila Pearce exactly? Tell us about yourself.
Lila Pearce is a dreamer. Plain and simple
Nice, straight to the point - I love it!
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I don’t think I could say when I realized it. It was a progression. I always loved to read. At some point I think I put down a book and thought, “that doesn’t seem so hard.” Ha!
Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?
I was nine and read a book just because under the title, it said “A Novel.” I felt so grown up. I then read one of John Grisham’s books simply because my mother forbade me to do it…I immediately started working on a murder mystery where the main character was killed by a woman named Mercedes. All the female characters had car names. It was terrible. I wish I still had that manuscript!
Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
Movie soundtracks by modern composers are an awesome, awesome font of creativity. They create a feeling, an ambience, and best of all, they have no catchy lyrics for me to sing along with.
What made you chose to write paranormal erotic in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
Erotic literature came out of a, shall we say, dry spell. Yes, my face is red. No, I did not make that up. Writing about it is a wonderful distraction. I write several different genres, but I always end up coming back to fantasy and science fiction. I would love to write comedy, but that’s hard. People can tell when you try too hard to be funny and it fails. I would love to be good at that.
Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?
The characters always come first. Well…no, wait. That’s not entirely true. Sometimes it’s an idea or a concept, but it’s never a fully formed plot. I can’t create a plot without characters. There’s invariably someone who only serves as a plot device and it’s obvious. No, I can’t write like that.
What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
The end. Hands down. Because I get so bored halfway through when I figure out how it’s going to end! I love writing when I don’t know what’s going to happen next. As soon as everything falls into place I’m tempted to turn to a new story and new characters.
Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
I would have to say yes, and I’m not telling how. Just kidding! Get your mind out of the gutter! I think it’s impossible to keep your own life out of your writing, and I don’t think it should be. Moments of time, little descriptions; most of the time it’s observational stuff that makes it into my stories. I never write in people. Characters very loosely based on people…well, define “loosely…”
Writing sex scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
It’s difficult to keep them fresh, especially when you’ve got the same characters over and over again. Sex isn’t hard to write, so long as you know the feeling you’re going for. Writing sex is a pretty personal thing (at least for me), and there is definitely a “mood” that’s right for writing…and many that are not.
Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
That always comes down to the situation. Or how I’m feeling that day. I like open and bold, but there are words that no matter how into the moment I am, will throw me right out of the scene. I cannot abide euphemisms like “her special flower” or “sword of love.” Yeesh.
Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?
Can I plead the fifth? Most of my characters are completely fictitious, with little bits of my own psyche thrown into each one of them. Some are very, very loosely based on aspects of people I’ve known.
Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?
I don’t play favorites…I love them all equally. That is so not true. In my current series, Vanessa is my favorite. She’s got a slightly obtuse quality to her that makes me want to take her by the shoulders and shake her.
Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.
Diamond Allure, instalment number 4 of the Jewels of Desire series.
A synopsis of the series as a whole:
Anya is a single girl whose work-from-home lifestyle keeps her social life down to zero. She hasn’t been on a date is so long that she can’t even dream up a decent fantasy man for the romance novel she is trying to write to pay her bills. That all changes when her globetrotting best friend sends her a surprise souvenir--a mysterious jewelry box with twelve smaller compartments. When Anya dons the gems inside, she is whisked away in her sleep. The laws of time and space don’t apply as she is transported around the globe and throughout history to experience lovers she never would have imagined even in her wildest dreams. But there’s a catch. There’s always a catch.
What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?
Newest WIP is the fifth installment of the Jewels of Desire series! Publication could be anywhere from two to four months from now.
How many novels do you have, that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you.
Currently my published erotica work is limited to the Jewels of Desire series, available through Purple Sword Publications. There will be 12 in all. www.purplesword.com
Jewels of Desire I: Garnet Dreams
Jewels of Desire II: Amethyst Enchantment
Jewels of Desire III: Aquamarine Delight
Jewels of Desire IV: Diamond Allure
Non-erotica high-fantasy-meets-steampunk graphic noveling can be seen (for free!) at www.impurebloodwebcomic.com
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
All over the place. I mean it. I can be very unfocused. I figure as long as I’m writing something that interests me, it will appeal to others as well. At least I hope. Otherwise I’ll have become one of those egotists who thinks every pithy comments is worth of admiration…gads. I hope somebody tells me if I get terrible…
Thank you so much for stopping in, Lila. It was great to have you here! I wish you all the best of success! Don't forget Edward is back on April 8th! And BL Morticia on April 9th! Plus I've got a special announcement before the weekend! Also I've posted @ IRM today - so check out my article and enter to win the daily contest! It's Raining Men
Have a great day or evening wherever you may live!
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