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Author spotlight: Lilliana Rose

3 December 2019

For ARR2020 in March we will be featuring more than 90 romance authors across five cities. If you live in (or near) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, come along and meet local authors, as well as our international guests—Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan.

Today we are spotlighting Lilliana Rose. She will be attending ARR2020 in Adelaide.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

I first started writing romance in year 6, when I had to write a shipwreck story. The story started with a girl bumping into a boy on the ship before it sank. I remember my teacher saying I could cut this scene out, since what I had written was too long. I said I couldn’t because they both survive the shipwreck and were washed up on an island. I didn’t realise at the time, but looking back on this memory, I was writing a romance.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

I quite like the books written by Janette Oke. They’re feel good, easy to read, and very different to what I write and usually read. I enjoy going back to her books when I need a pick-me-up in life.

Have you written genres other than romance (or are you thinking about it)?

I have written a middle grade book and a children’s picture book. I’m also doing some life writing about my family history.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

I’d love to see Best in Show turned into a movie. Well, now I couldn’t go past Liam Hepworth to play Max, and Charlotte Best would really bring Zoe’s character to life.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Sometimes it’s when I write the middle section of the story, and I know the ending, and that’s what I want to write. I might allow myself to jump ahead and write the ending, but generally I don’t. It can be hard to write the middle in the moment, but it is worth taking the time to try and get the balance of action and story development right. It’s often at this point of the story too, where I might write a scene or two, change my mind, delete them, and rewrite them. It’s a crucial part of the writing process, which can take time, and deleting lots of words, which can be disheartening.

What is your favourite place to write?

I love writing in cafes, though at the moment I’m enjoying writing while sitting on my lounge.

Have any of your characters been inspired by real-life people?

No, they haven’t been, which sort of sounds rather boring.

What was the last romance you read and loved (and why did you love it)?

I’ve been reading a few books by Lauraine Snelling as part of my research for writing my family history. Her books are inspirational, and not at all what I write, but I have enjoyed imagining what life was like for the pioneers in America as I read her books.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

A Farmer’s Christmas is a novella that continues the story with Raven and Ben from The Royal Show Affair. Christmas will be different for Raven and Ben this year, more than they could ever imagine with bush fires threatening their livelihood. Will it be too easy for Raven to return to the city and her family? Or will she stand with Ben and fight for a future with him?

What else will you be working on in 2020?

I’ll be working on an Academy series, and writing more paranormal romance. I’ll also be converting my rural romances into audio books.

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2020 yet, you can buy one HERE.



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