Today I am delighted to welcome Paranormal Erotic Romance writer, Lillian Diamante whose pulse racing short story, Tied is included in the recently published Halloween Heat III anthology. Join me as I find out more about her and explore her story of a relationship that crosses the boundaries and breaks the rules...
Antonia: Hi, Lillian, I really enjoyed Tied. A fae and a vampire getting it together. That doesn’t happen every day! Do you plan any more outings for them?
Lillian: Hi, Antonia! It’s a pleasure to be here. I’m ecstatic that you enjoyed Tied. It’s very unusual for a fae and a vampire to get together—in fact, it’s forbidden!
Nicco and Sana’s journey is just beginning. I’m going to have to check in with them and see what they’ve been up to…something naughty, I’d suspect. ;)
Antonia: I see you live in a mansion you’re currently renovating. It sounds quite old. Have you come across any ghosts yet? How are the renovations going?
Lillian: LOL! No ghosts…at least none that have made their presence known, ha! The house was built in 1783 and was owned by a famous bell maker and steel mogul. Not sure who lived in the house when, but I’ve got a bunch of steel gurters in the basement to prove it! And several local bells and some in Europe are still out there!
Antonia: Sounds fascinating. If only the walls could share their secrets...OK. Let’s talk about our profession for a moment. What is your favourite/least favourite thing about writing?
Lillian: My favorite thing is getting to know the characters. I can picture them pretty clearly at the start and once I know what makes them tick, it’s a lot of fun following them on their journey.
My least favorite thing? Getting my work out there enough to be noticed. There’s so much competition, it’s easy to drown, LOL! The nice thing, though, is that getting back to the basics—which, for me, is writing!—helps me to push through the crowd and say, “Hey! Lookie here! I got something cool to show you!”
Antonia: I can really relate to that! What/who do you like to read?
I love all things paranormal, but I gotta say The Siren by Tiffany Reisz and, well, anything by Rachel Firasek are some of my all time favs!
Antonia: Who inspired you the most in your life?
Lillian: Great question! My mom has been the most inspirational person for me. She’s always been supportive and never gives up. She’s also a master at pacing herself and being patient—two things that I still need to learn, LOL!
Antonia: Great qualities. Now, tell me, what is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
Lillian: Wow, um, I don’t think anything strange has happened. Thank goodness!
Antonia: Don't worry, it'll happen someday! So, what do you do when you’re not writing?
Lillian: I spend a lot of time in work, but I also enjoy reading, blogging, watching movies, playing with my cats and corgi, and just hanging out on my screened-in porch during summer.
Antonia: What are you currently working on and what can we expect from you in the future?
Lillian: Right now, I’m helping my alter ego promote her work. She writes young adult paranormal romances and her prequel novelette, New Pride, just came out. She’s got a novel, Shifing Pride, coming out in December.
As for my future, perhaps I’ll go find Nicco and Sana…I’m sure they’ve got loads to tell me!
Antonia: I'm certain they have! A couple of fun questions now: firstly, imagine you have won a two week holiday. You can take 3 people with you- real or fictional, living or dead, but they cannot be friends or family. You can choose anywhere in the world and any type of holiday. Who would you choose (and why)? Where would you go? What type of holiday would you choose?
Lillian: Teehee! I’d return to Italy—either Florence or Venice—and I’d hang out with Lestat from Interview with the Vampire and Khayman from Queen of the Damned, and Hannibal Lecter (but only if he promises not to eat me!).
Antonia: Interesting (and quite scary) companion choices! Finally, I know Halloween has been and gone but witches can cast spells all year long. You can cast one, so what will it be?
Lillian: I’d love to be able to fly.
Antonia: Thank you for being my guest today, Lillian.