Interview with Lila Maddock

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As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I loved animals and volunteered at my local R.S.P.C.A. on weekends and holidays. I wanted to be a vet.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I started writing poems as a young child then moved on to stories I liked to be alone.

Why did you want to be an author?

I just have all these stories in my head and needed to get them out.

Do you have any other writing experience?

Other than the creative writing course exercises I did on FutureLearn, no.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My eldest son kept telling me to write my stories down.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I see my stories in my head at night. It’s like watching a film.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Turning my stories from images into words and finding the right words to describe what I see.

Do you have a specific process when you write?

I need total silence, which is hard to find in my house.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Do not really have one yet.

How long does it take you to write a book?

Depends on what is going on around me.

Did you encounter a writing problem that required you to change your plans for the book or learn a new process?

No

Was there a personal reason for writing any of them or a special connection you have to any of them?

I just feel like my characters want their story told.

If you use a pen name, why?

The name just seems to fit my books and to distinguish myself from others with the same name.

Give us three “Good to Know” facts about you.

I am now a stay at home mum looking after my two sons who both have behavior problems which mean I often feel like a referee.

My first job was working in a petrol station, I loved it.

I write for the same reason I read, to escape real life for a short while.

What else do you want your readers to know? Consider here your likes and dislikes, your interests and hobbies, your favorite ways to unwind — whatever comes to mind.

I love to read, especially PNR (paranormal romance).

I do kickboxing with my son to try to keep fit.

I still love animals and have a cat named tiger, a gargoyle gecko named speckle, a bearded dragon named sonic (after the hedgehog, kids choose his name) and a load of fish.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I hope you like my book and thank you for giving it a try.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

The same thing I was told, keep writing. The more you write the better you get.

What obstacles did you encounter in being published?

Self-publishing companies asking for money I don’t have.

Being turned down for publishing.

What methods have you used to get your book noticed?

At present just social media.

How do you feel now that you are a published author?

That I need to get on and write my next book, lol.

What are your current projects?

Books two and three in my Anonymous Prophecy Trilogy to follow book one: One Not Of The Blood.

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