First off, I would like to thank you for agreeing to this interview, I could not think of a better person for my very first Author Spotlight!
You are very welcome! Now, let’s get to it!
How did you come up with the title for Lila’s Choice?
The credit for the title goes to my husband. Titles are not my strength.
This novel was almost called Project Torture, which is appropriate once you read the novel. The problem is that prior to reading the novel it doesn’t work. I spent a few weeks bouncing around ideas, and begging my husband for help. When he came up with Lila’s Choice I knew that was the right match.
Who is your favorite character and why?
Ohh, good question. Hard question too, since I have a soft spot for all my characters! I think my favorite would be Tracy. She’s the smallest of my secondary characters, but she’s got spunk. She always flowed for me and she loves to speak her mind.
Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? What made you fall in love with this particular design?
The cover art was done by my husband. He’s an artist and I knew years ago I wanted him to design my cover for me. We tossed around a few different ideas, but when I saw the image of Lila with her head in her hands I was sold!
Who is your intended audience and why should they read Lila’s Choice?
My intended audience is females, in their 20s and 30s. But I think it transcends beyond that. The novel is clean enough that I think a teenager would be appropriate as well (or maybe that would turn a teenager off? Possible). As for the why? It’s a sweet love story with rich characters. Personally I always love sitting down with a nice story, something to take my mind off of any troubles in my own life. I hope my readers will get with my novel.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Lila’s Choice is book one in a series of three novels. I have the second novel being edited. I have also finished my first contemporary romance, which will also be part of a series.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Reviews and word of mouth!
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Thank you so much for having me here! One special fun fact about Lila’s Choice is that there are several Deaf characters (capital D for culturally Deaf) in the novel. I have a hearing loss myself and am part of the Deaf Community. I wanted to spread awareness and just have fun with writing characters that could be part of my world.
You are so very welcome! And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your amazing book, Lila's Choice:
Lila Erickson watched with sluggish eyes while her margarita glass was refilled. Again. By her math this was her fifth cup. Maybe her sixth with the way the tan carpet rolled in shallow waves at her feet. She put a hand on the wooden coffee table. It kept floating, bringing her arm along for the ride. She placed her other hand on her head. The rolling stopped. Drats, it was her, not the apartment.
Her good friend and roommate, Ette, hummed as she filled two glasses. She ignored Lila’s hand plastered to her head and pushed the drink closer. “So…” she took a sip of her own margarita. “Bryce is coming for a visit?”
Lila groaned and pushed the cup away. This wasn’t a Saturday night drinking binge. This wasn’t helping Ette get over her latest fling. This was “get the counselor drunk so she’d spill her guts.” Lila wasn’t biting. Yet.
Desperate for a distraction, she became lost in the scene outside their apartment window. The yellow light of the parking lot illuminated a lone tree. The autumn leaves swayed in the light breeze—waves of green, yellow, and red, the latter reminiscent of Bryce’s hair. Her heart skipped a beat. She darted her eyes to the floor, choking on newfound desire. Like all things uncomfortable, she wanted to keep the meaning hidden deep inside. Thanks to Ette, the alcohol had already called her bluff. A shiver raced down her spine as she eyed her friend. Ette grinned over her glass.
Lila grabbed a pillow and thrust her head in. Bryce was her childhood friend, nothing more. They had been friends since kindergarten and stayed in touch after he moved away when they were ten.
“The cute redhead in the flesh, this should be good,” Ette drooled, already planning on her next conquest.
Lila dug her nails into the pillow.
Ette sensed Lila’s capitulation. “Why is this bad? I thought he was one of your best friends?”
“Oh, he is. But he was always just that—a friend. Now the door that leads to ‘other’ has opened and I can’t find the key.” Clutching onto the pillow, Lila’s nails dug into the fabric, threatening to poke holes.
“Sounds like someone has a crush on their childhood friend.”
“Yes.” Lila clasped a hand over her mouth, disbelieving her voice. “And that’s wrong.”
“Oh for God sakes. What’s so wrong about it? So you’ll flirt a little as you talk about days long past. Maybe he’ll flirt too?” Ette leaned forward in anticipation of the chase.
“I thought we were supposed to be helping you?”
Ette rolled over and ran a hand through her long blond hair. “It’s the same-old, same-old. Dating a week and the temperature ran cold. I’m out the door. I’ll drink,” she eyed her empty glass, “which it looks like I’m already up to. From here I’ll sulk in my room for a few days and then get all dolled up and go flirt shamelessly with some unsuspecting stranger.” She licked her lips in anticipation of yet another anonymous sexual encounter.
“Sounds like you’re going to be fine.”
Ette placed an arm around Lila. “Look, you love Bryce, he’s one in a million, and a friend of twenty years is hard to come by. You also know each other quite well. If the feelings are mutual, you can discover where this new path will take you. If not, you’ll still enjoy his weekly e-mails.”
Lila’s eyes drifted away from Ette. She couldn’t put twenty years on the line. She couldn’t risk ruining a friendship, no matter how good looking the pudgy boy had become.
Ette swirled the liquid around, watching her friend. “Do me a favor. Don’t turn into Nate on me.”
Lila stopped cold. She turned sharply to her friend. “What does that mean?”
“Seek out the opportunity in Bryce, don’t hide behind some shadow like Nate.”
“Nate isn’t hiding behind a shadow.” Lila blinked as Nate’s blue eyes came to mind. She shook her head. Great, now she was hallucinating eye colors. “He’s been hurt by a loved one.”
Ette stood up. “Here we go, defending Nate when I was proving a point.”
Lila sat dumbfounded, unable to wrap her head around what had happened.
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