A couple of weeks ago you would have seen the GORGEOUS cover reveal we hosted for Lily Paradis' new book IGNITE. I'm thrilled to say that on the 5th of September I will be taking part of the blog tour for this exciting book but until then how about we get to know the author a little better? Here's a Q&A I had with the lovely Lily a couple of days ago.
Q&A with Lily Paradis
Author of IGNITE
What was the inspiration behind IGNITE?
It’s actually kind of a funny story. I was nannying for three kids overnight for a few days. They lived kind of far away from where I went to school, and there was a LOT of traffic when I’d go over to make them dinner after class. I had a lot of time to sit in my car, listen to Seven Devils (Florence and the Machine), and the idea for the story just kind of popped into my head. I wondered what it would be like if this was my life, and I had to take care of these kids permanently.
This song also inspired the book!
Who was your favourite character to write and why?
Dean Powell, hands down. Is it insane to be in love with a fictional character from your own imagination? If so, I’m certifiable. I think what I enjoyed most was that while I was writing IGNITE, little scenes from Dean’s childhood would make their way into my brain but I couldn’t include them since they didn’t really fit in with the style of the book or Lauren’s narration, so I wrote ARCLIGHT. That way you get to know him even better in his own book!
Where did your love for writing come from?
I’ve always loved writing, but I only started writing because I read so much. My dad would take me to the bookstore every week when I was a kid. I would have an entire stack that he would help me sort through, and then I would come back for the rest the next week. I write the kind of stories that I want to read, and that’s why it’s so much fun!
What three books would you recommend to readers of IGNITE?
Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan, Significance by Shelly Crane, and Striking (Forged in Fire) by Lila Felix and Rachel Higginson.
What’s your favourite part of the writing process?
The creation. I have a love/hate relationship with the birth of a story because I love it when I’m doing something completely normal, and a random scene pops into my head, and then I have to drop what I’m doing to write it down.
Just now as I was answering that question I remembered a scene from VOLITION that I forgot to write, so thanks for the reminder!
Anyway, it’s really exciting, and to be honest I don’t understand how my brain does it. I don’t love it when I can’t sleep, but hey. I’ll take it!
What’s the most challenging part of the writing process for you?
Editing. Editing. Editing.
Did I mention editing?
It’s awful. I hate tearing it all apart, because it takes forever to put back together. It’s kind of like when you get the gumption to clean your room, and mid-way you find something exciting to play with, and you forget all about the rest of it for three days? But by then it’s hopeless because you’ve lost your will to live in a clean environment? Yeah. It’s kind of like that.
Why did you choose to write for this particular genre?
I chose it because it’s what I like to read. I also have a couple of Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Dystopian novels coming up (EQUILIBRIUM, RISE, and RAGNAROK), but this genre is what I read the most!
What are you reading at the moment?
I just read Hard Knox by Nicole Williams and Scoring Wilder by K.S. Grey. I highly recommend both!
Lastly time to sell your book, in one sentence, why should we read IGNITE? No pressure…
Because you need Dean Powell in your life.
Plain and simple. I need Dean Powell in my life. Can we call Nick Bateman? I wouldn’t mind if this became a Ruby Sparks type situation. I think Colleen Hoover has already claimed him for Miles from Ugly Love... but he can be Dean Powell too, right?
Author: Lily Paradis
Publisher: Empire Books
Release Date: August 26th 2014
After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine. Lauren's first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she's always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life? Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?