Hi, Lila! I'm thrilled to be inviting you back to my blog to help promote your latest release, "Assumed Calling". Absolutely LOVE your cover! Who was the artist?? Shall we get started with the questions? Looking forward to learning what you've been up to since we last spoke :)
What is your writing routine?
I’m actually a very scheduled person when it comes to my day. I used to be very willy-nilly just doing the muses bidding whenever she took the notion to talk to me. But, almost two years ago I had a doctor’s appointment that forever changed the way I do things. Diagnosed with high blood pressure and on the brink of a host of other ailments, I decided I like to breathe more than I like to stay up at all hours of the night appeasing the muse.
I’d always been a very organized person up until that point, but my schedule was a sort of Salsa party on steroids. That day I assumed command of my destiny and put myself on a schedule. Mornings I spend an hour or so catching up on social media, writing blog posts, filling out interviews…you know admin type things we all hate. Then I have a nice healthy lunch and a break from the computer.
Afternoons I spend writing. Now, most people probably perceive writing to be just writing, but for me it’s not. Writing entails not just putting words on paper, but research and self-editing as well. So, while I may spend four hours “writing” I may not get one word of the actual story to paper. I’m very meticulous with my stories. I’m in no way, shape, or form a fling it out and expect my editor to fix it girl. When the time clock dings at five or six, I’m off to do other things which I enjoy, sewing, reading, walking…
Which author/s inspire you to write?
I’m not sure any author right now inspires me much. I’ve watched over the past few months a decline in quality of writing coming out and it’s made me even more determined to do better in my own scribblings. So I guess in that regard many do, but I don’t put down others in public so those people will remain my little secrets.
Which is your favorite romance subgenre to read? To write?
I read a wide variety of subgenres from contemporary to inspirational to BDSM to ménage to historical. About the only subgenre I veer away from is paranormal. It’s not my thing at all. And I only write in a couple of subgenres myself so that choice is easy, BDSM/military with the occasional ménage thrown in. My characters are of all sexualities. It’s always been my belief find what works and stick to it. I don’t think me writing in a dozen subgenres and doing none of them well is beneficial for anyone.
How do you deal with criticism/rejection?
With a grain of salt. Criticism comes in many forms. That which is intended to hurt only shows the criticizer’s inability to be kind. And the one sentence reviews I see only show that person either has a communications issue or didn’t really bother reading at all and is just out to ruffle my feathers. Those I ignore. I know if I’m doing things right. My readers tell me and by the way of more than one sentence. Criticism from my editors is taken very seriously. If I’m doing something wrong and need to improve I better pay heed.
What do you expect from an editor?
Guidance and honesty. They aren’t there to boost my ego and they’re not there to ghost write me. Give me tough love over a mouthful of fluff any day.
Which is your favorite character in the book? Why?
Honestly, picking a favorite from Assumed Calling is like trying to pick a favorite child. While this book focused on Allen and Nicki, a host of other characters have been introduced who will be gaining their own stories eventually in a spin-off series of the Identity books. Steele Image will be rolling out mid-2013 and I’m very excited to be working on it.
What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m knee deep in the polishing touches on the third and final Slower Lower book, A Slower Lower Leap. It’s due out in February. I’m also completing book two in the Private Collection, Private Impropriety, which is due out in April.
Your biggest piece of advice to aspiring novelists?
Learn your craft, do your research, listen to your editors.
by Lila Munro
At the seasoned age of fifty-six, Allen Bourke has resigned himself to the fact he’ll probably never find someone to top he can also love. While he’s had wives and lovers, none of them endured and he’s come to the conclusion the clock’s ticking and age is working against him. Then a very intriguing Nicki Cartwright pings on his radar at what Allen determines will be his last house party. He can’t help but notice while he and his friends are getting older, the players emerging on the scene are forever getting younger. Nicki's no exception. Determined to resist the vibes humming between them, he only agrees to service her after his old friend, Kyle Montgomery, convinces him it's entirely feasible. Then it’s brought to Allen’s attention who Nicki really is. Knowing their pasts are forever intertwined, as hard as he tries to ignore his heart, he finds himself yielding to the tides of fate.
Born to senatorial royalty, Nicki Cartwright has spent her entire life trying to shield her mother from her father’s wrath while drifting further and further into a world where panic is normal and anxiety is always on the edge of her reality. Tired of burning the candle at both ends and forever trying to live up to the picture of All-American perfection her father James Cartwright touts as his ace in the hole during election cycles, Nicki finds herself on the path of self-discovery in search of relief from the stressors continually swamping her mind. What she doesn’t expect is to find who she thought she was is truly just a shadow of the person she really is. And what scares her most is the fact Allen, the only person she thought she could trust, has been holding a secret since before she was born which could destroy her entire family.
“Mom’s not with James in Vermont,” Nicki blurted as if she’d been holding the information for so long it was about to eat her alive. “In fact, she’s been out of the public eye for a while now. So far my father’s handlers have been able to convince the press she’s been away visiting family or busy writing her memoirs in private while they’re on vacation. The truth is, only one of those numbers is my therapist. The rest are her doctors. At Cedar Ridge…” She trailed off, a tear rolling down her cheek to meet Allen’s right thumb as he stroked along the corner of her mouth. “She’s an inpatient. He finally ran her crazy and she’s being treated for a psychosis and chemical dependency on prescription meds and alcohol.”
“Can I have something a little stronger? Than water?”
Nicki’s seemingly innocuous question came back to mock Allen. Although there were no signs she was hooked on anything in her apartment, not all addicts failed to hide the evidence. Some were closeted so carefully nothing short of a complete breakdown outed them.
“And you? Do you share your mother’s problems?” he asked.
“I’m not a drunk and I don’t pop pills,” she snapped, anger overtaking her features and overshadowing her fear.
“I wasn’t trying to offend you, Nicki. But I need to know these things. I like you, but we can’t play if I don’t have all the cards face up and I’m too old to allow some things into my life no matter how much I like someone. So if there’s anything I need to know, now would be a good time to spill it. And. I. Mean. Everything.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Lila Munro currently resides on the coast of North Carolina with her husband and their two four-legged kids. She’s a military wife with an empty nest and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she’s lived around for the past fifteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. Her genre of choice is contemporary romance that spans everything from the sensual to BDSM and ménage. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her works include The Executive Officer’s Wife, Bound By Trust, Destiny’s Fire, Salvation, Three for Keeps, the Force Recon series, the Slower Lower series, and the Identity series. She’s a member in good standing of RWA and Passionate Ink. Currently she’s working on sequels to several series to be released throughout 2012-2013 and has a brand new line scheduled for winter 2012-13. Ms. Munro loves to hear from her readers and can be found at:
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