Today we speak to Adrian W. Lilly 

Adrian LillyQ) Tell us something about yourself.

My love for scaring people is not limited to the written word. I also enjoy telling scary stories around a campfire, finding creepy places wherever I travel, the iridescent glow of an animal’s eyes at night, and getting (semi)lost in a forest. My family and friends know me as a practical joker, never knowing when I might sneak up on them, place a fake rat in the right spot, or jump out of the shadows.

Q) Tell us about your latest book. Why do you think the readers will like it?

The Wolf at His Door is the first in an M/M romance and horror trilogy. With bits of horror, mystery, medical drama, there’s a lot going on. And, there’s plenty of love—both romantic and familial—woven throughout the book to keep it all together and moving forward.

Q) How did you come up with the title of the book?

I actually struggled with the title for a long time. The title changed a dozen times, from typical to esoteric. At one point I was going to call it The Bifurcated Womb. :/ The idea for The Wolf at His Door came only after I decided to name the trilogy The Runes, which was going to be the title of the first book. The Wolf at His Door plays on the phrase “the wolf at the door” about a lurking danger. As readers will see, however, it suggests not only danger but also the possibility for love.

Q) What kind of research did you do for your book?

I tend to do a ton of research for my writing. Of course, I delved into werewolf lore beyond the standard silver screen offerings. I also researched technical aspects such as medical traumas and hospitalization as well as detective techniques and terminology. This is essential to lend believability to the story. But, it’s important not to forget the humanity of supernatural beings. To balance human/superhuman, monster/animal, good/evil, I researched topics such as grieving and loss as well as the psychology of sibling relationships. Lastly, because I enjoy setting and find it essential to any story, I researched architectural styles, house layouts, and neighborhood patterns.

Q) Which of the Characters in your book are your favourites and why?

When I started writing, it was definitely Alec Rune, the main character, because so much is happening to him and he has no idea why. I really sympathize with that. But, by the end of the book, I really loved Alec’s sister, Lucy, and Alec’s boyfriend, Jared. Lucy emerged as a more central character than I originally planned, because she was so fun to write and watch her develop. With Jared, it was much the same. He starts of as this mysterious character that gains a lot of humanity by the end.

Q) How did you formulate this character? Is it based on someone you know?

All of my characters are pieces of people I know and pieces of me. Sometimes I’ll steal a phrase from someone or the looks or style of someone—sometimes a stranger on the street whom I find interesting. When it comes to emotions, I often ask myself, “How would you react?” Then ask, “So how will this character react?” It’s not always the same.

Q) Every Author has a distinct writing style. How would you describe your style and how do you think you came to form it?

I tend to get really close to my characters. I think it helps—especially if I’m going to kill one off. So, that said, I often write in the voice of that character, so it’s a very close third person most often. I think my style is also poetic. I love poetry and that has definitely influenced how I describe setting and emotion.

Q) How long have you been working on this book and what inspired you to write it?

As I said, I’ve written my entire life. I actually wrote the first draft of this a while back (with a different title!). Then this year, I dusted it off, completely reworked it, and retitled it (again!) The germ of the original story is still there, but the rewritten novel is more romantic and character driven.

Q) When did you start writing and when did you realize you want to become an Author?

Writing has always been my preferred method of self-expression. I’ve written since I was a child, and I majored in creative writing in college. I write poetry as well as fiction. I remember in first grade, I wrote a short story that I read to my parents. The story was called Horror House. I remember my mother asking me, “What’s it called?” Even at that young age I remember thinking, “She thought I said ‘whore house’.” I was a bit more “worldly” than my peers. I think that was the benefit of having five older siblings. I think the stereotype of authors is that they’re shy, even quiet, which certainly doesn’t describe me. I don’t mind being the center of attention, and I even have a of a biting wit (always in good fun).

Q) Who are some of the Authors you like and how do you think their work inspired you?

I have very eclectic tastes, so I don’t only read within the genre that I write. I love Willa Cather, John Saul, Christopher Pike, Dean Koontz, Mary Higgins Clark, Sinclair Lewis, David Leavitt—and so many more.

Q) What do you think is the most difficult part about writing and publishing a novel?

I love the process of writing, but within that process, I think bringing characters to life requires the most attention. I’ve had reviewers rave about my ability to do this, so I think the effort I put in pays off. After that, since I self-publish, I would have to say marketing. So many books are available! It’s sometimes hard to have your voice heard over the din!

Q) What is some advice you will like to give to people trying to write and get their stories published?

Take editing very seriously. I’ve spent most of my adult life as a writer and editor—and I also have someone else look at my work. You can’t see your own mistakes; you just can’t. The last thing you want is to have so many mistakes that a wonderful story is dismissed because of errors. I also think, as a self-published author, it’s important to know there will be some mistakes, and continue to correct them. Also, learn from reviews, but don’t let bad ones crush you.

Q) Tell us something about what you are working on or about some of your future projects.

I tend to write many things at once. I’m continuing to write The Runes Trilogy. I’m working on an M/M romance series that involves many fairy tales and mythical creatures called The Blackbird Mysteries, and I am working on a supernatural thriller called Cold Air Rises about a skiing trip interrupted by a monster.

Q) From amongst all the novels ever published if you had to write any one, which one would it be and why?

Oh, boy, that’s a tough call. It changes all the time. With the mood I’m in today…Giovanni’s Room. I love that novel. It’s beautiful, poignant. When James Baldwin wrote, magic bled onto the page.

Q) If you had to convince someone to read your book in 5 lines what would they be?

The Wolf at His Door merges romance, horror, and mystery in a sexy werewolf package. If you like thrillers and trying to figure out what the bad guys—in this case, werewolves—are planning, this book is for you. As reviewers have said, it is a “multi-layered and unpredictable” (Christine Coretti) novel that builds to “an absolutely epic ending” (Anthony Simpson).

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