AAD Author Spotlight – Interview with Tilly Greene plus giveaway
My twenty-seventh Authors After Dark Spotlight features the awesome Tilly Greene!
Questions about AAD:
Have you attended Authors After Dark before or are you an AAD virgin like me?
Yup, I’ve been before and keep going because it’s a blast! First and foremost AAD is about the people, relaxing and filled with whatever you want to do. I personally like a taste of it all, sitting on panels and going to them as a reader, the parties are a fun place to chatter about books and more, then there’s just plain ol’ talking to folks I know and meeting new ones – it’s all good fun.
What are you most looking forward to at AAD2012?
Besides the people time, parties and panels, I like bidding on the bags/baskets of goodness that I may or may not go home with but the charity – this year, as with all the previous years, it’s Pet’s Alive – always goes home with a much needed check. After that I love the costumes! OMG, there should be a runway of sorts for all the spectacular offerings people don. Then I live vicariously with a few visits to the tattoo booth and see what’s being done that year and the corset maker. It’s a great mix of goodness.
Which author(s) attending AAD2012 are you most looking forward to meeting?
Questions about your WRITING and READING HABITS:
What did you do when you found out you were being published for the first time?
Called my cutie and screamed! Despite being laid up on the couch with a broken hand, I was challenged by Whiskey Creek Press Torrid’s call for twisted Children’s fairytales. A few months prior I’d bought for myself a newly illustrated version of Mary Howitt’s The Spider and the Fly by Tony DiTerlizzi and it immediately connected in my head with the call. It was my first book written, submitted and published. Yes, it was worth a scream and more!
Of all of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?
The simple answer would be the one I’m working on at the time, but there are others I hold particularly dear. Come Sweet Creature because it’s my first; Hamish Buchanan in Highland Heat is one of my favorite heroes [shhh, don’t tell anyone but I actually cried a bit once when I reread the opening scene]; I adore Sunflower Forever Free from Ride ‘em – I knew a few girls growing up that made up Sunny; all the Mythological Messes Redux series as I’m a huge HUGE Greek mythology buff; And She Scores because it’s football, the only book that takes place in my hometown and the proceeds go to charity; ooo, then there’s my new Come series with three Russian émigré brothers who are shifters and have gorgeous whiter than white hair, and I can’t forget the Good, Bad and Kinky duet, well, I’ll stop there – I think you get the picture, I actually adore them all.
Have you ever written a scene that made you blush?
Heck yes and then when it’s with an editor and they say something like “wow, that was hot”, I blush all over again!
Who was your favorite hero or heroine to write?
It’s funny to think and then write, but for me they’re all favorites to write, otherwise I wouldn’t spend time with or on them.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine to read?
I have to confess those who fall into a “favorite” category changes every day. I have a few automatic buy authors, but it’s more for the stories than individual characters. That said, I just spent a week with Vish Puri as written by Tarquin Hall [a light mystery series set in India], and would say he’s up there.
Have you ever been surprised by a reader’s reaction to a scene that you wrote – either good or bad?
Interesting question…no, I’m not surprised but always pleased someone took the time to email me or chat at a signing about their reactions. I enjoy talking with readers about how they responded to something or someone I wrote.
Have you always been a reader or are you like me and got turned off by the mind-numbingly boring deep and multi-layered books you had to read in High School only to ‘find’ reading again as an adult?
While I’ve always been a big reader, I was not the ideal student in that I read to be entertained, not to decipher what was the underlying meaning to a book. Almost anything can be read into an author’s work or what they were trying to achieve, but sometimes a good book is just that – a good read.
What book do you most remember having read in High School?
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad was the book I finally realized our goal in English Lit was to decipher and discuss what the teacher wanted us to know the author’s writing was secretly saying. The very next book was The Iliad by Homer of which I struggled to finish – think I even used my first ever Cliff Notes to get through it – and despite the hardship, went on to study the Ancient Greek culture [art and literature] for many years and read The Iliad and The Odyssey so many times I’ve lost count. Who knows what that freshman year insight started in me, but I’m content not reading meaning into every book I pick up…just one here and there.
Questions about YOU:
What is your favorite movie?
That changes on my mood of the day. Right now, I’m thinking it’s Triplets of Belleville, but yesterday it was National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and tomorrow it just may be the Disney flick Brave, looking forward to seeing it and a few others.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Wow, I’m starting to think I suck at picking favourite things, there’s rarely just one that comes to mind. Yesterday my cutie bought me a scoop of Butter Pecan and therefore I’ll call that my favourite, at least until the next scoop…thinking it might be a sherbet.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I guess night because mornings and I just can’t work well together. I try, but on most mornings, Miss AM is not meeting me half way to get things done.
Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you?
Hmmm, I don’t hide things. If you’ve caught me on Twitter, Facebook or any of my other hangouts, then you know I have a serious relationship with both Coca Cola and chocolate, on Pinterest my love of fashion, art and travel is explored, and I try to remember to note my latest and current reads on Goodreads. I guess all that’s left is my super secret tool I use while writing those erotically kinky sex scenes…I sip Coke through Red Vines as I write. No, it can’t be any cola and it can’t be Twizzlers, it has to be Coke and Red Vines – thank goodness Target sells the 5.5lb tubs filled with the sweet treats!
Question about your UPCOMING RELEASE(S):
You are writing a new series! Tell us what to expect from your Come series.
Okay, the Come series puts together my interest in Russia and history, shape shifters and families, shakes things up like a snow globe and eventually the chaos settle in and around New York City. The big hint is eventually. Throughout the trilogy, mistakes have been made and need to be corrected, the risk of sharing truths needs to be taken, and even when things are looking like they’re headed in the right direction, there still might be a few more twists before all is right. The Ivanovich brothers stand above all others. They’re smart and work hard in their various fields, physically strong but would never harm their loved ones, and seriously sexy with their tall muscular frames, intense ice blue eyes and whiter than white hair.
The first book, Come Back, was just released on June 15th! It comes with a warning that says: “WARNING! There’s a sexy shape shifter living in NYC wearing a 3 piece suit that will do anything to get his woman back in his arms where he can keep her safe and happy!” Love it! What can you share with readers about Cassie and Mikhail’s story?
Mikhail is the eldest brother and the first risk everything to be with the woman he loves, even if it’s only for a few years. On the other side is Cassie who, as a result of a difficult childhood, loathes change and is about to face more than she ever dreamed possible. I adore this woman because she is strong and enters a world she never saw herself living in and then faces death, all because her love for Mikhail rises above everything else. The path these two take to be together is full of twists and romps in the backseat of a car, the woods, kitchen table, and a few other places to keep things hot along the way.
You are in the process of putting the finishing touches on book two, Come to Me, and you’re aiming for a fall/winter release. Who are the hero and heroine of this installment? Are they going to go through some unfortunate incident that will undoubtedly draw them closer together and give them lots of opportunities for sexy times? *wink wink*
Come to Me is Ali and Nikolai, the second Ivanvoch brother, turn to find their way back to each other. They actually went through a seriously traumatic event that put her in the hospital where she screamed every time he came near before the book even starts. Mikhail’s success with Cassie encourages Nik to believe its time to bring Ali back into his life. Their journey is unique to them, but with unexpected twists and turns, they eventually overcome all obstacles to be with the other. Now, the wounds Ali still carries are a challenge physically, but they also bring out the seducer in him and trust me when I say Nik could melt chocolate with a touch and yes, he holds nothing back from the woman he loves.
Come Back isn’t your only release this year so far. Your eBook The Keeper released in May. Tell us about this book.
Occasionally, in my travels across the net, I see a picture that inspires a story to take root in my head. Well, that’s how The Keeper came about. It’s one hot sex scene that, while a sure thing, still has a thread of seduction that could be leading to much more. Thora, the elfin chick with the saucy ears, needs to get in touch with Mother Nature to spark her creativity and goes for a naked romp in the forest only to find herself in the not so tender grip of a wild vine. Thankfully, Wye, a wicked stranger who knows how to free her happens by, but she gets more than she expected in her bid for release. Yup, sex with a stranger, pleasure that’s painful, those and hopes of keeping someone tied to a bed forever are made in this naughty read. The short raw bursts of erotica are fun to write and I like putting them out there for readers to enjoy.
Thank you very much Tilly for taking the time to answer my questions today.
That was a blast, Julie, thank you for having me and I shall look forward to seeing you and hopefully some of your readers at Authors After Dark in New Orleans!
Giveaway time! Tilly is offering her newest eBook Come Back to one lucky winner. Leave a comment below to enter. Giveaway open internationally and you must leave your comment by Sunday, July 8th 2012. Good luck everyone and THANKS to Tilly for the giveaway!