A little while ago, I reviewed The Claiming from Lily Graison. I followed up with this interview.
Kallysten: Thank you for chatting with me today. To jump right into it, I know it’s been a while since you released the two novels of the Night Breeds series, but do you remember what made you want to write a book about werewolves? Is there something about shifters that makes you ‘tick’?
Lily Graison: I've always had a love affair with the paranormal genre. It's what I chose to write when I typed out my first story way back in 2002. Back then, it was all about the vampires and when I was plotting this series out, I wanted to include every paranormal creature I could think of. The werewolves were something I'd never written and would be the biggest challenge so I started with them. Once I found my hero, Garrett Kincaid, the story more or less wrote itself. I hadn't read any werewolf romances so most everything I wrote about the hierarchy of the packs and the way their society worked was either taken from research I'd done on real working wolf packs or was made up as I went along. Since they were so new to me, I'll admit to getting caught up in them. I may even love them just a tiny bit more than the vampires.
K: Ah! I'm shocked! You know me, I’m always partial toward vampires… ;-) Any plan to ever add to the series by telling us more about another of these creatures you mentioned in the book?
LG: When I began this series, my intention was to continue it and include every breed I could imagine. I even set book two up with a few potential heroes for later on and it worked. I still get emails from readers asking about a story for Bryce and Sabriel. I do plan on giving readers what they want. They may not be full novels but we will see Bryce, Sabriel and maybe a few other breeds pop up from time to time.
K: Can't wait! Now, your current series is all about cowboys and their ladies. Do you want to tell us about it?
Willow Creek, Montana, in the late 1860's. It's a small community with very close-knit family's, the Avery clan the most prosperous. The first fours novellas in the series feature those Avery men, each of them with a profession as different from the next. The Lawman, The Outlaw, The Gambler and The Rancher have been a big hit, all four books making it onto the Amazon best seller list with The Lawman making it to #26 on the B&N best seller list and #2 at Amazon. As with all of my stories, those Avery men will find and capture the only ladies strong enough to tame them. It's been an exhilarating ride trekking through the old west. I may have found my one true love, so to speak.
K: It's always exciting when a writer and the readers 'connect' like this other characters! Whether they’re shifters, rock stars or cowboys, is there one thing that all your heroes share, one characteristic that to you is necessary in a hero? Or are they all as wildly different as the settings they live in?
LG: I'm very old-school when it comes to romance and I love a hero who saves the day. I don't like weak heroines but I will put them in situations they can't get out of without the help of their man. Life is so hectic nowadays and the amount of stress we live in bogs down the mind. It would be nice if everything we had to deal with was taken care of for us and I think that's why my heroes always come rushing in at the last moment. My hero always takes care of his lady, regardless of what it is she needs. I like them strong, hard-working, fiercely in love and able to face any danger with a cocky attitude and enough swagger to get anything done.
K: What are you working on at the moment?
LG: My current project is His Brother's Wife, which is the 5th book in the Willow Creek Series. It's a stand-alone title featuring characters mentioned in the previous four books but they're only making their screen debut now.
My heroine in this story is a mail order bride who travels from Boston to Montana only to realize her intended bridegroom is a fourteen year old boy. Luckily for her he has an older brother but convincing young Jesse to hand her over to his brother, a man he can't stand, will be easier said than done.
Characters from the first four stories will also make an appearance so we still get a glimpse into the lives of those we left behind. I have four more novels plotted out for this series so I'll be in the old west for a few years I think.
K: Anything else you’d like to share with us?
LG: Oh yes. I'm always holding a giveaway or three with free books up for grabs. Over on my Facebook page, I hold giveaways for every 50 new LIKES the page receives. There's also a monthly website contest taking place at lilygraison.com, not to mention, the numerous blog hops over at my blog and the newsletter giveaways.
K: Thanks again for chatting with me. Always a pleasure to talk to you!
LG: Thank you for having me. It's been a pleasure.