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Author Spotlight: Lily Luchesi

Who is Lily Luchesi?

Lily Luchesi is a young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things “dark”. At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle.

She is the author of the award-winning Paranormal Detectives Series from Vamptasy Publishing and also has short stories featured in the anthologies Naughty Bedtime Stories: In Three Words, Naughty Bedtime Stories: Four You, Death Love Lust, Beautiful Nightmares, Lurking In The Mind, Lurking In The Shadows, and Weirdbook Magazine.

When she’s not writing, she’s going to rock concerts, watching the CW, or reading manga.

What motivated you to write your first novel?

My very first? I was twelve, and all I wanted was a vampire story that fit the type of characters I had in mind. My first published novel was Stake-Out, and I was inspired to write it because I was watching TV and I was thinking, “What would happen if a cop’s perp turned out to be a vampire?” Just that thought, that “what if” somehow spawned into what I hope will be a seven book series along with a spin-off novel.

What strange things do you do when you write? Do you listen to music? Watch television? Eat Cheetos?

I listen to a lot of music when I write and include playlists in the beginnings of my books. Music is a huge inspiration to me and I want to give the readers the ultimate experience when reading my books, so the music sets the scene. Otherwise I don’t do anything that odd, unless you count drinking copious amounts of coffee odd haha.

What was your greatest challenge writing this story and how did you overcome it?

When writing my latest novel, Right To Silence, I had a hard time getting past something that Angelica endures that really breaks her. Angelica Cross is my heroine, and she’s tough as nails with a hidden soft spot very few get to see. She has a heart of steel and nothing can get to her until I decided to have her kidnapped and tortured. I suffer from PTSD and panic attacks, so when writing RTS, I had to take a few breaks and skip some parts until the end to avoid my own triggers. Writing in depth about a character in the throes of panic and flashbacks was difficult.

If you could spend the day with one of the characters in this book, who would you choose and what would you do?

I’d have to pick Angelica. I love all my characters, but she has so many stories to tell from her long life and her adventures. I’d spend some time at the Paranormal Investigative Divison in downtown Chicago. I’d want a grand tour, a look at her old files, and to see her in action.

What’s next for you and your writing career?

I will be releasing my very first LGBT+ BDSM short story on April 27th called A Bloody Legacy, which follows descendants of characters in the novel Dracula.

On June 14th I will be releasing my fifth novel in the Paranormal Detectives Series, which is called Last Rites.

On December 5th, I will release a standalone spin-off of my PDSeries called Never Again, which deals with World War Two and its aftermath, as well as some ancient myths and a monster I created from scratch.

I will also have short stories released in the following anthologies: Weirdbook Magazine #35, Lurking In The Mind, Beautiful Nightmares, and Naughty Bedtime Stories: Four You.

What inspires you? Where do you get your ideas?

Everywhere. Anywhere. Nowhere. Sometimes they’re dreams, sometimes they blossom naturally from what I have already written, and some seem to come from the characters themselves, not me. Sometimes I barely know what I’ll write till I put my fingers to the keyboard.

What is something you are not good at doing?

Does having no patience count? haha I’m a terrible driver, actually.

What message do you want readers to get from reading the book?

I have a few things that I sneak into this series. Good versus evil, the fact that having a good heart and good intentions can override a multitude of sins, and not to be prejudiced. I deal with xenophobia, which is my world’s version of racism, and universal acceptance. I want people to feel good about themselves and know that they’re wonderful no matter who they are.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I have a few hobbies. I love to cook, I love doing graphic design, I read comic books and manga, I watch anime and the CW network (I have a serious Supernatural obsession and even have the Impala from the show tattooed on me). I also enjoy playing video games in moderation (if I played as much as I want I’d never get any writing done).

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?

Reading Stephen King’s On Writing and following his advice in there. There wasn’t one thing in particular, but a combination of much of it that really helped me.

What are your favorite characters that you have created?

I do love my Angelica, and Danny Mancini (my male lead) is certainly a unique person who has given me some trouble since I created him. However, my favorite character hasn’t debuted yet, but will in Last Rites: his name is Sean Wireman and he is a male siren, former lawyer, rock star, and war hero. He will be the main character in Never Again, and I loved discovering the nuances of his personality. He’s an asshole, but he’s got the biggest heart and feels so much. I can’t wait for everyone to meet him!

What is one piece of advice you would give to your teenage self?

Calm down, it’s all going to work out. I know it seems impossible now, but it does get better.

Purchase Lily’s Novels

The Paranormal Detectives series are free on Kindle Unlimited, or they cost $2.99 for

 

a Kindle Edition. They are also available in paperback on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-A-
Million.

http://smarturl.it/ParanormalDetectives

 

 

 

 

 

 

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