Australian born and bred, she writes New Adult Romance revolving around her authentically Aussie characters as well as a biographical trilogy based on an ex-Sydney sex worker, named Angelien.
Lilliana feels that the world should see Australia for more than just it’s outback and tries to show characters in more of a city setting.
When she isn’t writing, she wears the hat of ‘wife and mother’ to her husband and four children.
Before Lilliana turned to writing, she worked in a variety of industries and studied humanities and communications before transferring to commerce/law at university.
Originally from Sydney’s Western suburbs, she currently lives a fairly quiet life in suburban Melbourne.
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About the Book:
In a bid to survive, she did things that most people would never dream of, and stopped caring about herself as a result.
When the fastest way to get food and shelter was to sell her body, and the fastest way to forget was to take drugs, Paige embarked and a steady downward spiral. Until, finally she hit rock bottom…
In A Beautiful Forever we got to know Paige as she battled the demons of her past to move forward with her future and find her happy ever after. Now, in Phoenix, we get to see the moments those demons were created and how she managed to get her life back on track.
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Would you call yourself a born writer?
I would. I’ve always found that I communicate better via the written word than I do verbally. I tend to get tongue tied and stumble over my words.
What was your inspiration for Phoenix: The Beauty in Between?
I come from one of the shadier areas of Sydney. So I’ve seen my fair share of what we would call ‘a hard life’. Paige is based on those I once knew who didn’t get a ‘fair go’ in this world.
She originally featured in my novel ‘A Beautiful Forever’ and I had touched on her life within that title. But readers wanted more, so I felt compelled to write a thorough history for her.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
I like to explore basic human need. Most importantly, the need to be loved and cared for. It’s something we all want and search for in life. But it can be a difficult road to traverse, as we often find ourselves drawn to the wrong people.
I like my characters to learn from their mistakes and be a little more wary, before opening their hearts and trusting new people.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
This particular one, took me two and a half weeks of solid work (although I took time off while it was being beta and proof read.)
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
I am. While I’m writing, I’m incredibly focused and feel a great need to get my book typed out.
I have four children, so a typical day involves waking early and getting them ready for school or kindergarten.
After they have been dropped off, I go home and have breakfast with my husband and spend some time with him before he goes to work. Then I spend a couple of hours on social media.
By lunch time, I’ve opened my word document, and I’ve started working on my current manuscript. I’ll write until it’s time to get my kids from school.
After which, it’s family time until they are in bed.
Once they are asleep, I spend an hour catching up on social media again, then spend a couple of hours with my husband, before opening up that document again and working until around 1am.
I find I get my best writing done when the house is quiet and everyone’s sleeping.
I generally write around 5-10k a day, so my turnaround is quite fast.
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
It forced me to face a lot of personal issues of my own. So, I needed to keep a box of Kleenex close by at all times.
What do you love most about being an author?
I love being able to create relatable characters and a world that readers can connect to and enjoy.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
I decided to self publish. While originally, it seemed like a very daunting task, it became very straight forward once I had gathered enough information. There are some great books and websites out there that walk you through the process, step-by-step, so you can do everything yourself.
Almost a year down the track, I am incredibly happy with my decision. My release schedule is at my own discretion, as are my promos and my pricing.
I don’t feel that I’d have as much as a fan base as I do know if I had have gone traditional. Although, it’s not something that I’d rule out in the future as I plan to slow down a little over the next twelve months.
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