Today we’ve been joined by our good friend Lily who is celebrating the release of her first story. She has kindly provided us with an interview.
It has been weeks since Curtis first saw the young waiter with the haunted eyes. No matter how often he went to the café watching him and to find the right opportunity to introduce himself, that moment simply did not come. Joseph was aware of the gentle giant who quietly came to have his lunch and then left. Fearing his father’s wrath and under his ever watchful eyes, he made no moves nor overtures. Until one day…
Congratulations on the release of your first book! I know what a wonderful and terrifying journey it is. I was hoping you could share a little of your experience with your new fans.
Firstly the cover. The cover, with its pretty Frangipani’s is eye catching, and obviously gives a clue to the characters. Can you share with us a little about the cover design process, and how difficult it was to capture the essence of the book?
I was lucky to meet with Melissa Bell, who is the cover artist because she was so patient with me. Frangipani played a big part at the beginning of the story for Joseph but I couldn’t picture it in my head to reflect how important it then was…Melissa is one of those artists who can truly feel the empathy and then reflect what the writer imagined in their mind and voila! Choosing the models was also hard because in my head, I visualized both Curtis and Joseph when I was writing, so meanwhile Melissa had to look for them. We went through many photos, but for both of us these two models stood out and looked good together.
Where did the inspiration for the story come from?
I love the site “intergaycial” on Facebook and follow their posts religiously. The happy stories on that page and the sad news that we often read in the newspapers about how the gay community is marginalized inspired me.
Can you tell us a little about your characters, Joseph and Curtis?
I love reading romance stories about characters who feel real to me and I always thought that is really what love is about… loving someone with all their quirks, and humanness. Curtis is that person to me. He is slightly overweight, introvert and a little insecure about his body shape because of his previous experience. He worked hard and lived an honest life, whereas Joseph was a downtrodden underweight waiter who was struggling to get out of the rut that he was living in. His character is inspired by the current issues that happen around the world and sadly we read about them in the newspapers. I wanted to dream a happy ending story for them.
Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?
Oh….I would love to tell you, but do not want to spoil the story because it is a short one… I tried to write it in a way that everything flows and takes the reader along with them … but you know it has a happy end.
What do you have planned next? Are there more stories in the pipeline?
I wrote a very short story for “Queerromance” Anthology but finished it late, so I am finishing that one to add it to the one I am actually writing. That story is again about two wounded heroes. I personally love the plot so I am studying and doing some research for the characters’ backgrounds. I hope to publish those two stories together. This should be in about two months time.
I’m sure your readers would love to get to know a little more about you. How do you spend your time when you are not reading, reviewing or writing?
My motto is books are a girl’s best friend and it was never the diamonds so I read every day. My other passion is sewing my own clothes and making gifts. I get a lot of joy out of surprising people with little handmade gifts that are made with love and care. I think that that is my purpose in life; doing something meaningful for others. I am also a serial café crawler. I love sitting in cafes wearing my quirky designs and sipping a cup of good coffee whilst day dreaming. Did I tell you, I love day dreaming? I am also very vocal about Human Rights issues.
Thank for joining us, Lily. All the best with your book.
About the Author
A.L. Lamb is a philanthropist by day and an Indi Gay Romance writer by night. She is happily married to a very patient and loving man. They have a furry Maltese X who is human-like and arrogant with a hypnotic gaze.
She is a daydreamer of happy endings and is against bullying in any form. She is actively involved with Marriage Equality and stands by the same sex couples who want to have children. She believes that all a child needs is a loving, protective home.
A.L. Lamb’s biggest regret is not studying English formally because writing stories take much longer but she still gets there, thanks to her friends.