Today I’d like to introduce my fellow RWA author, Lilliana Rose.
Lilliana is an Amazon Bestselling author, who writes in contemporary romance, steampunk romance, and young adult. She grew up on a sheep farm in Australia, then swapped her workbooks for city heels, and now lives in the city. She enjoys drawing on the contrast between country and city life in the contemporary romance she writes. For her moving to the city was like coming to a different country. She spent a bit of time in genetic research, then teaching, and now devotes as much time as she can to writing.
**Please be aware that Lilliana’s romance books have steamy hot sex scenes, with a bit of language. They are F/M, except the books published with Less Than Three Press which are F/F (mix of sweet and sexy).
Welcome, Lilliana! You’ve done the opposite of me … I went from the city to the country, and I’m loving it! Guess the saying about the grass being greener really is true. Now, I’m going to tell my readers about your rural romance books, but before that, I have 3 questions for you! Firstly, what got you started writing?
This is a tough question for me because writing is something that I’ve always done. When I was in primary school, about 8 years old, I would sit on the bus on my way to school and write in an exercise book! I wrote pages and pages and pages. It’s all been lost over time, and I wish I still had them, they would be fun to go over and read what I wrote as an 8-year-old!
Yes, the childhood imagination is a wonderful thing. I wrote too, but I mostly drew pictures of horses! and cats. Now, 2nd question, what challenges did you face when you first started writing?
Discipline. I needed to establish a routine to write, which was hard as I was working full time. I had stopped writing when I went to university, but it had been quietly speaking to me, and I couldn’t ignore my passion to write any more. Getting back into writing was great, but tricky balancing it with work, which meant there were times I had to stop writing because of the pressures of work. It’s not so bad now.
I’m so glad you’re finding the time to write now–you’ll have years ahead of you to work on your craft and maybe hit the golden ticket with a movie deal! I waited far too long (I was in my late 40s when I got back into it seriously). So, one last question. Who in your life is your greatest cheerleader or support in your writing?
My dog Kimba, who is currently laying by my feet, telling me to call it a night and go chill on the lounge with him (and that I should get dinner).
Ha ha ha! My cats do the same thing–they hang out in my writing room with me (of course it has nothing to do with the fact that there are pillows on the floor where they get the sun all day … nothing, I’m sure!)
So, tell us about your rural romance, Chasing Dust Clouds.
Sent to the country to visit rural clients accountant Blaise Johns doesn’t know what to do when he meets a mob of sheep on the road. He accidently runs over one of Dusty Miller’s ewes and his cool crisp competitive demeanour is dented as he tries to figure out how to make amends with a woman who is intent on busting his balls. Then there’s the competition, Aaron, who isn’t going to be pushed aside. As the out-of-towner will Blaise step up to country life for Dusty?
Dusty is furious at Blaise, but the man won’t go away and leave her to run her farm. A sassy self-sufficient young woman, Dusty struggles to let Blaise who is clueless about the life she lives, in to her heart.
When two worlds, country and city come together, an explosion of differences rocks the foundation of two peoples lives, forcing them to face the future in unplanned ways, and to give each other another chance.
Sound like a great book! And readers, watch out for the Christmas Special: A Dusty Christmas, out in December 2019!! You can find all Lilliana’s books on Amazon, and keep an eye out for the new book by following her author page!