Interview with Thriller Author Lily Luchesi

In this article we have an exclusive interview with Thriller Author Lily Luchesi, Author of the Paranormal Detective series. Let’s get this interview started.

Jonuel: Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

Lily: I do, and that’s because of two things: one, a cookbook author has my “real name”, and I would hate to have people asking, “are you the same person?” Two, my real name is also quite dull, so I figured why not use a nom de plume? Lily is the name my mom always wanted for me, and I got “Luchesi” from the Poe story “The Cask of Amontillado”.

Jonuel: Do you want each book to stand on its own or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

Lily: Right now I am writing a series, and while they are all obviously very connected I have books 1-3 able to be read as standalones. I would love to be like Stephen King and have every story I ever write connect somehow with my main series, The Paranormal Detectives Series. I think it would be interesting and intricate, and also give my longtime readers something to look for in each book.

Jonuel: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Lily: Writing is a selfish act. I wrote what I wanted to write and I always will. If my publisher and my readers like it, great. If not, oh well. While this is my career, it is also fun and I would never write what I didn’t like just to appease people. I had people say certain things about my main character, Angelica Cross, that she was too stubborn and needed to act a certain way. I didn’t oblige. My books are for me, and I hope and pray that others like them, too.

Jonuel: Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Lily: It depends. Books one through three energized me, but book four, “Right To Silence”, exhausted me. I suffer from PTSD, depression, and anxiety. I get flashbacks, so when I made the decision to make my MC suffer from them, too, I didn’t realize how draining that would be. I had to stop and cry a few times. With my current WIP, “Never Again”, I am researching the more grotesque actions of the Nazis and have needed to take a long break from the book to deal with the images I have to write to be accurate. If a book doesn’t hurt, at least a little, the writer has failed. Bestsellers

Jonuel:  What other authors are you friends with and how do they help you become a better writer?

Lily: I have more author friends than I do “real life” friends. My publisher, Vamptasy, has dozens of lovely people who have helped make me into the writer I am today. I am blessed to know them, and to have their advice and support in my career. I have also met many wonderful indies. We promote together, give advice, and have many personal conversations. Befriending other authors, others who know what I go through when I am creating and who can discuss experiences with me, is invaluable.


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 award-winning author of the Paranormal Detectives Series, published by Vamptasy Publishing. Book five will be released June 14th, 2017. She has a short stories featured in the anthologies Beautiful Nightmares, Naughty Bedtime Stories: In Three Words, Death Love Lust, and Lurking In The Shadows. When she’s not writing, she’s going to rock concerts, watching the CW, or reading manga.

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