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.
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.
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.
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.