Monday, October 6, 2014

#AuthorInterview with Lillian Roberts of the Immortal Rapture Series #Romance

Cue the spotlight…drum roll please…Welcome Author Lillian Roberts to center stage! 

First, a brief introduction: Lilian Roberts is a corporate engineer, wife and mother. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and her golden retriever. She is an avid reader and loves to read novels that feature characters draped in passion, mystery, and adventure. She is especially fascinated with the concept of immortality. Arielle Immortal Fury is her sixth volume in the Immortal Rapture series of paranormal romance novels.

    Welcome, Lillian. I appreciate your taking the time for this interview. 
    Q.  How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for over 20 years. But I never thought of publishing my thoughts.

Q.  About the Arielle Immortal series, can you share the central theme and why that's important to you?

I started to write when I was very young. It was more like role-playing. I wrote stories and pretended that I was one of the characters. In my wildest dreams I never thought that one day I will become and actual author and see my books in print. It is the most extraordinary feeling in the world. I was fascinated with the possibility of human immortality. As an engineer I always wondered about the probability of longevity. What if? That is a big question that still keeps the scientist looking for answers. I am not going to see that possibility in my lifetime so I decided to make it happen in my books. This is how the Immortal Rapture Series was born.

Q: What is the most challenging aspect of writing a series?

Trying to keep names, dates and places correct through out 8 books.  Coming up with unique scenarios of revenge for my villain immortals. And keeping the story interesting and finding a great cliff-hanger for each book. Ensuring the reader is interested and eager to purchase the next book.

Q: Is there a person in real life that inspired the character Arielle?

I have definitely put myself in my charactes because that is the only way I can write. I feel like I have put a lot of myself in Arielle’s character, but I do wish I had some of her special gifts and most of all immortality.

Q.  Do you outline the plot?

No. I usually start by writing a couple of sentences and create the most important characters. Then I build a story around them.

 Q. What inspires you as an author?

Most of the time it is when I get through reading several books and I don’t quite find what I have been looking for. So then I decide to sit down and write. I want to give it my kind of plot, the twist that will make it wonderful and the ending that will make the reader want more from me as an author. I just love to sit in frond of my computer and start with one thought, and suddenly scenarios start being created in my mind and thoughts keep poring in my head. Then it is like an avalanche that you can’t stop. It is the most surreal thing I have ever experienced.

Q.  What’s your typical writing day like?

I do not write full-full time. I have a very demanding day job in a global corporation that keeps me hopping from 7:00AM to 5:00 or 6:00PM, and sometimes later. So I just stay up late so I can work on my books. It is a passion like none other. 

 Q. Outside of writing, what do you do for fun?

I like to play golf, play the piano, read and travel

Q. Who were the biggest influences on you as a writer?
Jane Austins books became the biggest influence in my writing world. Reading her amazing classic novels gave me the kind of obsession about passion, that I never found anywhere else. I felt an enormous need to put on paper thoughts about stories that were gathered in my head ready and waiting to be transferred onto a blank piece of paper.  
Q.  Who are some of your favorite authors, both fiction and non-fiction?
1) Henry James: I found very interesting the use of point of view of his story characters. By doing that he was able to explore the heroine’s consciousness and perception. That is something I try to use in my books.

2) Sherrilyn Kenyon: I have read her Dark-Hunter vampire series. I loved the fact that she created soulless guardians to protect humans from those who wish to destroy mankind.

3) Emily Bronte: Her amazing novel “Wuthering Heights” left me mesmerized. Heathcliff’s orphaned status, his undying love for Catherine, his ambiguous position in society, the physical and mental cruelty he endured, and finally his revenge, are a stunning mixture of emotions that the author interweaved masterfully throughout the story.
Q.  Do you do a lot of reading for pleasure or does it feel more like work these days?
I love to read. I have taken speed reading and I go through one or two books in a week if no other family issues come up that need my attention. I even love to read on vacation
Q: What is your least favorite part of being an author?

My life is very busy. Trying to find the quiet moments I need to work on my manuscript is the most challenging part in writing.

Thanks for the interview, Lillian! I appreciate your time. Now let's take a look at your beautiful books. 

A memory of love…

On her return to the present from a time-travel journey to sixteenth-century Calais, France, college co-ed Arielle Lloyd anticipates a joyful welcome from her immortal fiancé, Sebastian Gaulle. She is stunned to discover that he doesn’t remember their time together there and wonders, has she lost him forever?
Danger from afar…
As Sebastian tries to shake loose his disturbing memories and solve the enigma of Arielle’s haunting eyes, the Russian Mafia ups the stakes in their deadly game to steal crucial documents from his company. Then an envelope arrives with photos of Arielle. The message is clear: if Sebastian fails to meet their demands, his love will pay the price with her life.
A love across all time…
Sebastian and his associates join forces with Interpol in a race to thwart the Russians’ plans. In the global battle, the Russians have made a serious mistake. They have threatened the beloved of an indestructible immortal, a woman Sebastian only now realizes he has loved across the centuries. 























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