About Lilac Mills:
Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!
She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…
When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (sorry – “borrowing”) her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.
What inspires you to write?
I'm not so much inspired, as compelled. There are so stories and plot lines swirling around in my head, that I have to get them out somehow!
Tell us about your writing process.
I start off with an idea, a beginning, and I usually have an ending, but all the stuff in between is a bit of a mystery until I write it (and even after I've written it, sometimes…)
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don't speak to them but I do l listen, because often what they have to say is much more exciting than anything I can think up.
What advice would you give other writers?
That you don't need to become a full-time writer to be an author. You don't need an office, or a desk, or a computer (though the last is essential after you have completed your manuscript). That you can find moments in which to write at the unlikeliest of times, like when I'm waiting in the doctor's surgery. But the main advice I'd give is – just do it and don;t stop doing it until it's done.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I thought long and hard about whether to traditionally publish (assuming any agent or publisher wanted to take me on, that is), but after doing a lot of research, I decided that I would prefer to self publish. For one thing, this book is my baby and I don't want to hand it over to anyone else, and the other is that unless you are a very well known writer, you will still have to do the lion's share of promoting and marketing your book. So if I have to do that anyway, then I didn't see a great deal of benefit in being traditionally published.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It's changing and mostly for the good. I've read so very many self published works which probably would never have seen the light of day if indie publishing didn't exist. I am a little concerned though, that so many authors are giving away their books for nothing. Why should readers buy your book when they can get another one for free?
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Chick lit
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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