How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing?
The truth? I hate them. I like aspects of them, like the way that I can meet people from all over and we can share interests. I like the speed of communication. On the other hand, they just contribute to the way people hurt one another. I’ve never been on Facebook for a long period of time and walked away feeling better. Most of time, I feel the same, but I have logged out and been miserable. There is nothing healthy about that. Also, I get really sick of being hit on by strange men.
If you could do any job in the world what would you do?
I want to be a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
What makes you angry?
The way that people are. There is just so much that is wrong with people sometimes and I can’t stand to think about it. They treat each other poorly, they abuse animals, they destroy the planet. I’m mad even answering this question.
Are you a city slicker or a country lover?
City slicker all the way. I love the woods and I love being alone with nature, but only for short periods of time. I wish I lived in a big city. I love the culture – the chance to walk a few blocks and lose yourself in a museum or a play or a concert. I love that there are so many people and yet you feel more anonymous than you can in a small town. No one has time to be petty and judgmental; they just walk right by you. I prefer that.
How do you think people perceive writers?
I think they imagine we are all independently wealthy or something. They also seem to think writing a book takes all of two hours! There is so much piracy and then people demanding books for free that I wonder if they realize how much writers truly bring in for their work.
When you calculate how much you make for how many hours you work, it’s depressing. I try not to think about it. The other part is the timing. I will release a book and it’s out for three days at most before someone has read it and asks about a sequel. I always hear readers complaining they don’t want to wait two years for the next book. The publishing industry definitely needs to move quicker – especially with series – but a writer can only write so fast. Add in editing and revising and we need time. Especially since, like I said in the first part of this question, we are probably working a day job to fund this insane hobby we have.
How do you feel about self-publishing?
I think it’s no different than traditional publishing, except it’s harder to get exposure. Are there terrible books out there that were self-published? Yes. Of course. Are there terrible books on the New York Times bestseller list? You bet. How the book got into readers’ hands isn’t important. What is important is getting it into those hands.
How many friends does a person need?
I’m a socially anxious person. I don’t like large crowds (although I love the city, but no one is paying attention to you in a city) of people. I much prefer to sit down quietly with a couple of people and talk. So I say a few that can really be trusted. Acquaintances are different, but real friends? I’d rather focus on the handful of them that exist than try to increase quantity.
Lily had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Derek for years – which led to their steamy night ten months ago in her bedroom. Now, Lily is going off to college and she and Derek are still going strong. However, when school starts, she realizes it’s hard to maintain a relationship while also trying to live her own life. She and Derek find themselves falling apart and Lily has no idea where to turn. Enter Jack. Everything about him is wrong for Lily and she knows it, but she can’t stop herself from being attracted to him. When things implode with Derek, it’s Jack who is there to pick up the pieces – and show Lily an entirely new set of experiences she didn’t know she was missing. Of course, Jack has his own problems and once Lily gets to know him better, she starts to wonder if she can handle all of Jack. When Derek reappears on the scene, Lily is forced to decide between two guys and herself. Can she find herself without losing the people who matter in the process? This is a work intended for readers 18+ as it features explicit sex between people in college.
Genre – New Adult Erotic Romance
Rating – X