As part of the blog tour for Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer, I was lucky enough to have a virtual sit down with the author, Lily Mae Walters, so that we could all get to know her a little better. Before I share what we “chatted” about, here is the blurb for Josie James:
Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays.
Whist staying at her Great Grandmother’s cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter.
Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.
The Teardrops of Summer – magical crystals that render the owner immortal – have been stolen. Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.
About the Author:
Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series.
She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.
Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local places and even her old school in her stories.
Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.
Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.
I know it is important to you to include your friends, family, and the places where you grew up in your writing, but are you ever tempted to include people who you are, let’s say, less fond of, as the villains in your writing?
I have included people and situations in my writing that I am less fond of. I find a lot of my writing is based on my own experiences or those of people I know. I quite enjoy using someone I don’t like as a “villain” but of course I change the names.
How do you manage writing two different genres? Do you ever find that the two get confused, or that there is a crossover between them?
Because the 2 genres are so different and also different age groups, I do find it quite easy to switch. Lily Mae is much higher fantasy than my Florence books so I find it quite easy to switch between the two.
How do you like to spend your time when you are not writing?
I love reading although find very little time for it these days. Music, films and TV dramas are a great passion. My family, friends and 2 dogs are my absolute world.
Have you been or would you ever go on a writers retreat? What would the perfect retreat look like for you?
I would love to go on a writer’s retreat. It would be in the middle of nowhere with lots of outside spaces to write. A mug of tea brought to me every hour and someone to remind me to eat because I can forget when caught up in my writing.
Which authors, alive or dead, would you have at your dream dinner party? What would you cook for them?
I wouldn’t have a dinner party, I would have a mad hatters tea party and invite Jill Murphy, Philippa Gregory, George Eliot (because I would love her views on where I now live and why she chose to write as a man), Beatrix Potter as long as she brought Peter Rabbit with her. Charles Dickens I think would be very interesting to talk to and all my author friends who I have interacted with on Twitter and Facebook because then it would just be total chaos. There would be tea, gin and never ending plate of sandwiches, cakes and biscuits.
Well, I don’t know about everyone else, but I will be checking my post for an invite to that tea party! It sounds great. If you still want to find out more about Lily Mae, here are her social media links:
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Don’t forget to check out the other blogs taking part on the tour, organised by the lovely Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources.