Thursday, June 18, 2015

Author Spotlight: Felicite Lilly

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1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born out west in Aurora, Colorado. Due to that, I began skiing when I was 3. Now if you put skiis on my feet I would face-plant.  I then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah - I don't care what anyone tells me there is not a more beautiful place than Spring in the mountains.  I have lived in Dayton, Ohio for about 26 years now.  I am married and we have a little boy that steals my heart daily.  I am Greek, German, Irish and Scotch.

2. When did you start writing, and why?
The minute I could hold a crayon, I started “writing”.  I would make picture books and tell stories about them.  My sister is 8 years older than me and says I used to driver her nuts with it. When I was in college I would be writing a short story while doing the rest of my course work.  I got a lot of dumbfounded looks and a lot of “why?” My answer to them? “I need a break.”

 Why did I start writing?  I loved creating.  I started reading and never stopped. From reading, my imagination was developed to a healthy level.  Some may even say, to a very active level. My son is very imaginative as well, and I love and encourage it the way my parents did with me.

3. What do you write, and why? What do you enjoy about what you write?

I write whatever strikes my fancy.  However, Demons is a fantasy/paranormal/action/romance…they don’t have a category like that for classification purposes, so I call it either fantasy or paranormal romance.

I decided on this genre because that is who Delaney is.  Let me explain, I created Delaney before the world I surrounded her with.  She was a Hunter, so my book automatically led me to fantasy and the love of her life, Az, is a Demon so paranormal romance. I try not to confine myself to one genre, if something strikes me I will write it.  I’ve even written children’s stories with my son.

What do I enjoy about it? I love my world and my characters.  I wouldn’t want them any other way.  Some of them are flawed, of course, who’s perfect? But that is what I love about it.  There is perfection in their imperfections.

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4. What is your latest book or series? Any forthcoming books?
My latest book is Demons, A Hunter’s Novel, Book 1.   It’s going to be a three book series, Demons is out now (Kindle and paperback on Amazon), Darkness (book 2) should be out by July, and Destiny (book 3) will be out either late 2015 or early 2016.  I am also writing a standalone romance, that I got the idea for while I was in Las Vegas, that has the working title of An Unknown Place.

5. "Welcome To My Worlds": Tell us a little about the world of your latest book or series.

The world that surrounds our main characters is filled with supernaturals.  Demons, mostly, surround our characters, but there are still others, Drovers (supernatural shifters that have to stay within a certain radius of their leader), Werewolves, Vampires, Fairies and even Angels. The group that keeps the supernatural population in line is the Hunters.  They protect the humans from knowing about supernaturals as well as keep humans physically safe from them.

6. Introduce us to some of your characters. What do you like about them?

Delaney (goes by Laney) Hinders is the female lead, the heroine. She is tall at 5’ 10”, curvy, with black hair and light blue eyes.  She is a Hunter.  We meet her at a very dark time in her life.  She has been in a self-imposed, self-hating haze for six months due to her breakup with her boyfriend, which doesn’t seem to be a strong enough word for their connection, Azrael.  This book deals with a lot of her pain and the fall out of past decisions, as well as supernatural issues.  And with all of this on her plate, there still a budding strength in her.  In the next book, well, she’s pretty kick ass even though and in spite of some things that happen.

Azrael is a Delaney’s boyfriend, her heart, her Demon.  He is absolutely dedicated to Delaney, from start to finish.  He would do anything for her, but she won’t let him.  Delaney is Hell-bent on protecting him, and all Azrael wants to do is the same.  Az knows they are better together than apart.  He is also very high up in the Demon ranks – second in command, as well as a born Enforcer (he keeps Demons in line when they violate their rules).  He moved up when Delaney broke it off with him.  The fact that Azrael is willing to give up anything for Delaney is what every woman wants to hear…except Delaney.  Az’s heart is my favorite thing about him.  He’s a walking contradiction.

Aniese is one of Delaney’s two best friends.  They grew up together.  Aniese was an orphan, taken in by her father and raised to be a Hunter.  Anie was a Hunter until she was bitten by a Drover.  She became a Drover and kicked out of the Hunter organization.  She is kept in the loop, however, due to her relationship with Laney’s father (Janesh, pronounced Yan-esh).  She is also Laney’s stylist. She’s all smartass and attitude down to her core. Her hard exterior and soft insides are what I love about her.

Caden is the other of Delaney’s best friends. Cade is on the Hunter Counsel.  He moved up quickly because he is a hard worker.  Even though he is on the counsel, he also still fends for his friends.  He was the one to approach Laney and tell her that the Hunters would eventually find out about Az and her’s relationship.  He was the one to push for their breakup.  He is a Hunter to the core, but also loves his friends.  Cade was there to support Delaney and check on her when she broke it off with Az.  He was the only one who was aware of Delaney’s spiral into a pit of despair.  He walks a fine line but does so, for those he cares about, gladly.  It’s what I love about him.

7. A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.

Every chapter of my book is started with a quote from a song.  It takes a lot of listening and writing, but you can tell where my music tastes lie. :)

Demons: A Hunter's Novel, book 1:
Delaney Hinders is on a ride with no rules. After breaking up with her boyfriend and coming out of a six month self-imposed haze, she finds herself being followed by every supernatural in a 100 mile radius. Her life is changing rapidly. As Delaney tries to figure out who can be trusted and who is on her side, she realizes that she cannot live without her Demon...

Available at Amazon

About the author:

Felicite was born in Aurora, Colorado and lived some of her early years in Salt Lake City, Utah. She could ski way before she could walk. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in English, and a concentration in creative writing (I know, shocker). She now lives in Dayton, Ohio with her husband Chris and their son Ethan.

Felicite keeps herself on this side of the padded cell by vegging out on Sherlock Holmes (BBC with Benedict Cumberbatch), reading someone else's work, playing with her son and exercising (which are sometimes one and the same). She finds joy in the small things in life and wants to do one thing that scares the crap out of her each year.


Where to find Felicite:
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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