Name Lily Ryan
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Spent much of my summers upstate NY. I went to college in NJ and knew I wanted a quieter life. After school, I married my sweetheart and we moved to NJ. Together we are raising three wonderful children and a dog.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I guess my latest news would be about the new novella I just completed. Stark Me. It’s currently with my editor and now the fun part begins, the cover. Now I get to look at hot images for hours a day! ;-). Stark Me is scheduled to release on May 4th.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I don’t ever remember a time when I didn’t write. I never really thought about it. I’d always watch a movie, and then create the sequel in my head. Or watch a soap opera and know exactly what outrageous thing was going to happen next. Writing was the most natural thing for me.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Always and never. I always saw myself writing, but I guess when I think of “real” writers, I think of someone who has stood the test of time like William Shakespeare. Or a story that’s absolutely magical, like Beauty and the Beast or Harry Potter, and then I don’t really consider myself to be a writer at all.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I noticed a change in the book world. Maybe they were always there hidden behind the billionaire and stepbrother books. Regardless, I began to notice books with polyamorous and menage themes. Many of them had MFM (Male, Female, Male) relations. I thought that was totally unrealistic, so I asked my husband how likely it would be that a guy would be willing to share a woman he cares about with another man. I was surprised by the answer and decided to play with and explore that theme.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I like writing in the first person POV. I feel that as both a reader and a writer this POV helps me delve into the character’s mind set. Other than that, I don’t believe I have a specific writing style.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title for His Condition just came to me when I started thinking about what the book was about. I wanted to keep it simple and I thought the title really told what the book was about: Preston giving Chloe a condition for having a child.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No. There’s not real message other than maybe step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Or don’t knock it till you try it. Lol.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
NONE of the events or experiences in His Condition, or in my current WIP Stark Me are real. Although the experience in His Condition sounds like a lot of fun and I had a great time writing it!
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I think every book I’ve read has influenced me. Some for the better, showing me examples of techniques I like, or massaging ideas I have running around my head, while others have shown me things I’d like to stay away from or avoid. I feel that every book I’ve read has helped shape me, my writing and my characters.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Probably Colleen Hoover, although I haven’t read any of her more recent books. I try not to read too much of any one author, this way I can give more authors a chance.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I feel I’ve been embraced by many in social media. Especially on Facebook. Bloggers and reviewers have helped me. Readers have left reviews and shared. Fellow authors have contacted me, and again, shared and helped spread the word. Fellow authors gave the recommendations for my Editor Vivid Words Editing and my cover artist, Imagination Uncovered, whom I have LOVED working with.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Since my current occupation is home maker, I do consider writing my career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I wouldn’t change anything in His Condition. Although, I have been playing with the idea of a sequel. Not sure though. There are so many stories I want to tell and new characters I want to explore.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I think it originated when I started reading. If I enjoyed a book, I always wanted more. I always thought about what would happen next. I applied some of the techniques teachers use to help with comprehension and writing naturally, and before that was en vogue.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here is the opening of Stark Me- scheduled to release in May.
“What the fuck happened?”
Sirens blare. My head hurts. No, it doesn’t hurt, it feels like it’s bursting at the seams. It’s about to blow into a million tiny pieces any second now.
I blink my eyes a few times to clear my blurred vision. Two sets of worried blue eyes stare back at me.
“Thank the fucking Lord,” Shea Sullivan says, gathering me into his arms. I want to push him away, because this only makes the sharp pain in my head worse, but I can’t.
It’s the other pair of eyes I can’t pull my stare from. The blue eyes with a storm, more savage than the tornado that tore Dorothy from Kansas, brewing in them. The deep blue eyes that narrow on me with anger and suspicion. The blue eyes that I long to see a hint of compassion in, even if it’s only for a moment. The eyes of bad boy Dylan Stark.
“What the fuck happened?” Dylan repeats, anger heavy in his voice.
His words hit me like a slap in the face. I don’t know what he’s talking about. I look around, and that’s when I see it. Blood. All over me. Smeared on my shirt. Covering my hands. A scarlet-streaked knife beside me.
Panic settles into my brain, clawing its way into my soul.
“Jimmy,” I whisper. “Where is Jimmy?”
No answers are given before the police storm the front door, guns drawn, arms extended ready to shoot.
“Hands where I can see them,” a voice booms.
We do as we’re told, and I notice that I’m the only one with blood on me.
My eyes are glued to Dylan, because whatever went down here, it’s going to affect him most of all.
“Where is Jimmy?” I demand.
Dylan doesn’t answer. He just stares at me, jaw clenched, a cold, hard look in his eyes, as he’s read his rights and a pair of handcuffs is slapped tight on his wrists. He’s angry, unresponsive, as they shove him out the door.
“Are you hurt?” An unfamiliar voice directs the question at me.
“Yes.” I touch my chest instinctively, but all seems fine. No cuts. No stab wounds. “No.” I’m confused. I look back down at my hands. If I’m not hurt, where did all this blood come from? “I mean, I don’t really know. My head is a wreck.” A new set of eyes evaluates me with scrutiny.
Shea’s taken outside, but unlike Dylan, he goes of his own free will, without the aide of cuffs or anyone pushing him forward. The officer watching me presses a button on the communication device attached to his shirt collar and speaks. I don’t know what he’s saying; it’s all jumbled, and my mind is on Dylan.
A team of two men come in. A penlight is flashed in my eyes, and sharp pain sears through my head.
“Fuck!” I say, screwing my eyes up tight and holding my head between my hands. “That hurts.”
After a brief examination of my body, one of the men asks if I can walk.
“Sure,” I answer, getting to my feet.
As soon as I’m halfway up, a wave of dizziness and nausea sweeps over me. I extend my hands to break my fall, because I’m going down and the floor is coming at me at warp speed.
The men are talking. I don’t know if it’s to me or to each other. Sound has left me. Sight, too. Darkness creeps in from the corner of my eyes and spreads inward until I can’t see anything but the comfort of nothingness it offers.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The most challenging part of writing for me is getting reviews and reaching an audience.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
As of right now, no travel. We don’t have a support system to help with child care, and my youngest is still a little too young for me to be away.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Taylor Sullivan from Imagination Uncovered. I loved working with her. She was very easy going, took my ideas and turned them into reality.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Not having the first-hand experience to go on, but relying solely on research.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned a lot about threesome’s and how to go about finding an extra partner. This is a very popular lifestyle choice and I stumbled across a really good resource.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
I don’t know who I’d want to play the lead, probably a pair of unsidcovered actors. Just as long as they are HOT!
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what’s in your heart. Look at current trends, and see how you can mesh the two together.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for taking a chance on me. I hope together, we push the limits of imagination.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
My Russian Nightmare by Danielle Sibarium
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No. It was probably a Little Golden Book though. They were food to my imagination growing up.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My kids mostly. They make me laugh and cry. Sometimes at the same time.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Robin Williams. He was so funny and quick on his feet. I think his genius was special and timeless.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
I never really thought about it, but I guess I’d like it to say something like, “Here lies Lily Ryan, lover of words and all things sparkly.” Or “Lily’s words will shine and sparkle in hearts through eternity.”
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I don’t know if you could consider looking at hot guys on the internet a hobby, but I’m always looking for visual inspiration for my latest hero along with images I find fitting for covers and/or teasers.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
The same as everyone I guess, Friends and the Big Bang Theory.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
My favorite food group would most definitely have to be fruit. There’s nothing better than sweet watermelon, but any good piece of fruit makes my mouth water. I love red and shades of it. Especially a rich, deep red. I like all kinds of music. Lately, while writing Stark Me, I’ve been listening to a lot of rock.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I think I would’ve went into acting. I love getting into other people’s heads and trying to understand their motivations. Besides, it’s fun pretending to be someone else.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Right now I’m trying to spend the bulk of my very limited time writing books so I haven’t set up a blog or website. I probably will soon. For now I share most of my ideas on Facebook.