Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Author Interview: Lillie Spencer!

Today I'd like to welcome author Lillie Spencer, here to talk about her contemporary romantic suspense, Manhunt. Thanks for stopping by, Lillie, and for answering all my prying questions!

Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

I usually write paranormal romance. This is the first time I've written a romantic suspense. I was actually pondering a different story altogether when this one got stuck in my head and refused to leave until I wrote it. I had a lot of fun interweaving the romance and suspense elements.

What research was required?

I had to do a lot of research on the legal system and on medical conditions. I wanted this to be as accurate as possible. I was working on this story when I got called for jury duty and was so excited - first hand information! Of course, I didn't get chosen, so I just sat around the courtroom for days on my computer waiting to see if they wanted to interview me, but I still got a couple of good nuggets that made their way into the book.

Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.

Everyone has both good and bad in them, and sometimes you have to look past the hard candy coating to get to the ooey-gooey center.

Any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

Not really. I am a night owl, so most of my writing takes place at night after the family is asleep. I'll pour a glass of wine or make a pot of tea and write for a couple of hours. Plotter or pantser?

A total pantser. I use my keyboard like a Ouija board - put my fingers on it and wait to see what happens! Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

My dog Buttercup, a gorgeous cockapoo named for the main character in The Princess Bride. She crawled under our car in the middle of a thunderstorm and crawled into our hearts at the same time. She's absolutely precious and is spoiled rotten.

To my left is my lovely daughter and a newborn kitten who has yet to be named that is one of two kittens we just adopted from the shelter where my daughter volunteers. Ironically, they were found in a thunderstorm, too. (The kittens, not my daughter lol).

Anything new coming up from you? What?

I'm working on two different stories right now. A paranormal romance about an immortal druid, and a companion story to MANHUNT about Michael and Nikki's best friend Christian. He was probably my favorite character to write, and seems to be a fan favorite as well.

Do you have a question for our readers?

What do you think we should name the kittens? There is a girl who is an orange cuddle-bug and a boy who is a gray and white ankle biter.

Sometimes you have to forget it all to remember what really matters.

Michael Brennan's life and career come to an abrupt halt when he receives a phone call telling him the love of his life, Nikki Wright, is in the hospital after another attack by her ex-boyfriend Sebastian Cross. Rushing back to Hershey, PA, Michael turns up at Nikki's hospital bedside covered in Sebastian's blood and tells her they have to leave immediately. Though her injuries have induced amnesia, Nikki inherently feels she can trust this man with her life. Soon, they find themselves on the run from both their own troubled pasts and authorities hunting for Sebastian's killer. With each new day and each touch drawing her further into Michael's embrace, Nikki remembers more about this fugitive she once loved, and who still loves her enough to risk everything to protect her and keep her safe. But can she love a man who just might be a murderer?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lillie likes to joke that she is a mother, author, and wife – usually in that order. Although she holds a degree in Wildlife Biology, writing has always been her passion. She was a teaching assistant for English Composition and English as a Second Language in college, and wrote countless stories in her free time before she was brave enough to submit one for publication. A preview of Manhunt was an editor’s choice recipient at in 2009, where it is still #10 on their “Most Popular” list, and was a semi-finalist in the Dorchester Next Best Celler (sic) contest. Lillie was also recently awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2011 RWA-Passionate Ink’s Stroke of Midnight competition for her work-in-progress, The Circle, a paranormal romance. When not writing or freezing at soccer games, Lillie loves to cook and play video games with her family.

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