Hi and welcome to my blog, J. Lilley Please make yourself at home and grab a drink. So tell us a little about yourself.
Hi, do you know that’s the worst thing I can get asked? I go ohhh help, and forget who I am or what I am. And I’m scared people will go ‘boring’ and be put off by my bio, go and make a cup of tea, or prune the roses or something.
Okay then. Are you sitting comfortably?
I’m a well over twenty one year old female, and I live in Central Scotland, with my husband. Our children have flown the nest, so it’s me, him, and two very spoiled cats. They rule the roost, and pay lips service to our thoughts that we do.
Where we live, is a beautiful part of the country called The Trossachs. Lochs and glens, mountains and mist. Hey that sounds poetic, but better than saying ors of rain.
I write YA books and so far they are set around here. I have my inspiration on my doorstep.
So tell us a little about your latest book. What inspired this masterpiece?
I love that you call it a masterpiece. Let’s hope so. Well *deep breath*
A friend of mine couldn’t find a book for her daughter’s 14th birthday. So I. in a moment of temporary aberration, offered to write one. All I was told was it needed to be about shifters.
So I wrote a short 12k and Rach, the birthday girl loved it. I happened to mention it to a publisher ( as you do lol) who asked to see it. He was thinking of setting up a YA publishing house. LIked it and then told me it needed to be at least twice as long, and he wanted a series. From this Shalea was born.
So book one Discovered. tells how Rach moves to Scotland and finds out things about herself and her family that she had no idea about.
If you had any super powers, what would they be and why? An eye on the end of my finger so I could see round corners and behind me. and to be able to tidy up..AND find everything I’ve er ‘tidied’ away, with a flick of a wrist!
What genre haven’t you tried yet but want to in the future? It seems I’m having a go at urban fantasy. And I’d love to do a good mystery.
What is one thing readers might be surprised to know about you? I live just up the road (lane) from the Fairy Tree
If we asked your muse to describe you in three words, what do you think they might say? Prolific, visual and adventurous.
What authors can be found in your library of books? HELP, you need to see my study! W E B Griffin, Miss Read, Bill Knox, Robyn Donald, Erica James, Katie FForde, Peter Robinson, PAul Theroux. And there’s even more on my Ereader. Doris O’Connor, Cherie Nicholls, Stuart McBride.. .The list is endless.
Have any guilty pleasures you want to share with us? Apart from Wine and Chocolate? Traveling.
Is there anything you’re currently working on that you can give us a taste of? I’m just writing the last book in this series…
Resolved. Hopefully it ties in the ends, but, well, is everything Resolved?
What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing?
ER wine and chocolate, preferably somewhere warm and with DH.
What is one historical figure you would love to chat with and why? Beau Brummel to ask him why he went the way he did.
Would you care to mention any upcoming or WIP projects that readers can look forward from you in the future?
Well as I mentioned, I’m writing a YA urban fatally with Suzanne Fuller. and then, there’s an idea for a series of YA book set on an Island in Loch Lomond
Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one? If not, then which one is closest to your heart? It’s got to be Discovered, that’s closest to my heart. It was and is my first YA. But the one I think is probably, my favorite by a smidgeon, is book 3 Accepted. It gave me goosebumps as I wrote it.
Thanks for coming. Is there anything else you want to add?
Hey, thank you, for inviting me over. I enjoyed the drink and the chat.
It’s been fun. These books may say YA but according to Rach’s mum, she’s going to read them as well. So hopefully they will appeal to all ages.
Here’s the blurb..
DiscoveredWhen Rach moved to Scotland she knew there would be changes. She hadn’t expected them to be quite so dramatic. Not only was there a new house, new school and new friends, there was also a secret to discover.
Brios Parde was a Patriarch in waiting. When the powerful leopard shifter senses a new Shalean he is amazed to discover it’s the new girl. All his senses tell him Rach will be important to him.
However the Rogues try to destroy the budding relationship. Will Rach decide to side with Brios or help stage an uprising?
In the end it was easier than he thought to get Rach to meet him. As he entered the school foyer she was standing to one side.
Waiting for me? He liked to think so.
He could tell without any Shalean sensing whatsoever that she was not happy. Struan was standing much too close to her and trying to have a conversation. He watched as one finger jabbed Struan sharply in the chest.
“Look, I’m not interested.” Jab. “Get it?” Jab. “I do not want to go dancing, to the pictures or even hold a conversation with you.” Jab, jab, jab. “You’re talking of things about which you know nothing, and as well as that you’re a rude, jumped-up little shit. Now sod off, or I’ll make you. Ever had a schoolbag in the balls? Because, now’s your chance.” There were a couple more jabs for emphasis.
Brios reminded himself never to upset her. She sounded dangerous, and it seemed her temper matched her hair. So did the color of Struan’s face. He scowled when he saw Brios walking up.
“Might have known you’d get your nose in somewhere,” Stru- an remarked nastily. “Always got to be showing off somehow.” He flicked his finger over Rach’s cheek, and before Brios could retaliate, Rach did it for him. The schoolbag swung through the air and Struan went down like the proverbial log hugging himself.
“Next time you touch me I’ll send your balls where the sun doesn’t shine,” Rach said softly so no teacher could hear, before dropping her schoolbag and just missing the curled up Struan again. “That was a warning; no strength behind it. Watch out if I do use some effort.”
Then she spoke loudly for the benefit of a couple of passing teachers, and ignoring the giggles of some of the pupils in the area. “Oh gosh, I’m so sorry. Oh clumsy me. Are you all right? I didn’t drop it on anything that matters did I?”
Her answer was a gurgle. The first-aid assistant hurried up and shooed Rach and Brios away.
“Horrible little toad. Next time …” “There won’t be a next time Rach, I promise you. Look,” Brios said urgently, “we need to talk. Can you meet me at the end of first period? If you can get to the side gate I’ll pick you up. Please Rach, it’s really important; just this once. Leira will cover for you.” Slowly she nodded and he heaved a sigh of relief.
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