Today our guest is Lily Bishop author of yesterday’s book review “No Strings Attached” check out the review here; http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-3j0
Let’s find out more about Lily and her writing;
I grew up in Northeast Georgia (USA) in a small town with a population of around 600 at the time I lived there. Since then, I think it’s ballooned to 900. The town is near Athens, which is a college town, and about an hour northeast of Atlanta.
I wrote soap opera vignettes for my classmates as early as elementary school, and remember telling everyone when I was in seventh grade that I would grow up to be an author. I wrote my first novel in high school, my second in college, and my third after I got married, before the kids came along. No Strings Attached is the first that I have chosen to publish.
I cut my teeth on Harlequin and Silhouette back in the 80’s, when alpha males were truly alpha males. I re-read some of those now, and my first thought is what a jerk!! Of the books I mentioned above, the third was women’s fiction. Mostly I stick with romance, but I toy with the idea of a straight mystery or suspense, without any bedroom scenes.
Fox and Laura are both attending a conference for a hotel association. Fox is a long-time member as a consultant, and Laura also works for a hotel consulting company. She has been promised a promotion from administrative assistant job to a consultant position, and she is doing a presentation at the conference. However, early we learn that her promotion has been delayed, and may not happen at all.
Laura is using a modified card counting strategy that I purposefully kept vague. Her sister is a math wiz who developed the strategy, but Laura keeps screwing it up because she is so distracted by the hunky guy at her table. Her sister wins more than Laura does with the strategy.
I have mixed emotions about the whole “billionaire” trend in romances. Originally I was targeting this book for a “millionaire” line for a publisher, but that didn’t work out. It was fun researching some of the high-roller suites in Las Vegas for people who stay in suites larger than my house. We’ll learn later in the series that the money isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, but for now, it is what it is. I think the whole trend towards wealthy main characters plays into the fantasy-aspect of romance.
Yes, Bonnie will be making an appearance. Most of the main characters will be back, and we will see Fox and Laura’s wedding. We’ll spend time in Atlanta and return to the Bahamas, which figures prominently in the first book. Bonnie loves Laura, but she may not be as supportive of Lee’s budding romance. We’ll have to see.
I developed this book originally for an e-book publisher, but they requested a revision. In my opinion, their revision request was vague, and I wasn’t sure what to do at that point. It took me a year to re-write it, but at that point I had decided I was re-writing it for me. The terms of their contract included no advance and a very small royalty percentage, and I decided I could do better on my own. I also knew that if they requested another revision I couldn’t go through with it. So I hired a free-lance editor and cover designer and away I went. Writing was my dream, and when I turned 44, I decided I would be published before I turned 45, one way or another. I released this book three months before I turned 45 and I haven’t looked back.
I struggle with titles. My second book is Lee’s story, and we learn more about Lee’s desire to start his own security company. He becomes a bodyguard for a politician, and it’s called Under His Protection – Book 2 in the City Lights Series. Book 3 right now is about Lindsey, and I’m not sure of the title yet. Lindsey is young and finishing her Master’s in the second book, and she doesn’t always do exactly what her sister wants. The third book may be No Stone Unturned, although I’m not committed to that yet. Sometimes the title comes when I get the cover in place. Originally I wanted all the books to start with “No”, but that didn’t work. I decided to tie the series together using the lights that are in the background of the first cover, and naming the series “City Lights”. I’ll use that same background for all three covers.
I talked to my editor and plan to start sending her chapters of Under His Protection next week, so I am hoping for an early January release. Fingers crossed!! Revising and editing always takes longer than it should. I have a draft cover already, and it’s very exciting! Under His Protection is a bit more suspenseful/darker than the first, and the third may be even darker yet. My biggest concerns is that people will read them out of order. Although the stories stand alone, if you read the second you will know who the bad guy was in the first, and if the third comes together like I believe it will, there will be even more reveals that may spoil elements of the first two.