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author: tilly greene
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m Tilly Greene, a writer of erotic romances and occasionally erotica, who keeps to the positive side of life. One of my secrets is that I love the research part of writing, be it through book, internet or travel. When I experience and enjoy something so much, I want to share it with others. A hunt for the best hot chocolate, unique neighborhood establishments, even a favorite sandwich, they and others have made an appearance in my books.
2. Did you dream of writing when you were a little girl or did you dream of other things like being a ballerina (or world domination, like me)?
Well now, that’s an interesting question because apparently there was no doubt I’d write, but most of my family thought it would be children’s books. No, my plan was to be a fashion designer and made it through a year of studying before it was discovered I couldn’t sew, but I could illustrate a fab collection. Plan B was to be a teacher of the Classics or the History and Culture of Russia, but that didn’t work out either. Where I found my joy was Plan C when I started working with books. From there I fell headlong into writing and been there happily ever since.
3. Were you always interested in erotic romance or did you start out interested in something else?
HA! My reading choices while vast, when it comes to romance have always leaned toward the hot side.
4. Do you prefer Alpha males or do you like the Betas you can push around?
My reader and writer sides are in cahoots on this one – Alphas all the way, but they can’t be perfect. I prefer heroes that while physically and mentally strong, they often make mistakes when it comes to matters of the heart.
5. What is the first book that you can remember making an impact on you and why did it make such an impact?
A Child’s Garden of Verses Book by Robert Louis Stevenson is the book, but it’s the poem called Mr. Nobody. The book now rests on my shelves and I like to visit him for when I want to boost my creative side. The imp is full of mischief and I loved him back then as much as I do now. It’s all about creating fun.
6. What is your writing process?
Technically, I’m a pantser and other than that, the only sure thing I do is adhere to the BIC practice. Butt in Chair to write, write, and write more.
7. How do you approach revising?
Words and how we react to them is fascinating. When I first read this question ending on “revising” I was reminded of spending hours and hours of studying for exams and yet I have a different response to “reworking” a manuscript. I enjoy that phase of writing. If I let enough time pass, it’s a fresh approach and can be brutal when it comes to modifying the story to make it a better read.
8. What authors inspire you?
Kathleen E Woodiwiss, one of the first if not the first historical romance writer to be published, produced what I consider the gold standard of romance writing. Her work is full of unique characters and rich in both story and details that feed me as a reader and motivate me as a writer. The other one is Linda Fairstein, a mystery writer. How she uses New York City and its history within the plot is fascinating as well as entertaining. I find it encouraging as writer to read a fiction book and discover something I’d like to visit or learn more about.
9. What are your top 5 comfort reads?
That’s actually rather difficult, I’m more of a author/series reader, but I’ll try to pick just one:
- A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E Woodiwiss
- Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard
- A Gentle Feuding by Johanna Lindsey
- The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood
- Any book in the Cynster Family series by Stephanie Laurens – sorry, couldn’t resist noting at least one series I love.
10. Are you part of a group of writers/Do you have 1 trusted reader or CP?
I’m a member of RWA, but not a group of writers, single reader or CP mainly because I couldn’t equally reciprocate. Travel, whilst romantic and exciting, does cost greatly with time. I couldn’t promise something to someone and not be able to do it in a timely, fully focused manner. All that said, when I am hung up, I’ll often tap Selena Illyria for her opinion and she’ll do the same. Selena is a wonderful creative writer who thankfully gets honest with me and I love that!
11. Do you have a day job? If so, do you see yourself being able to (or even wanting to) leave it any time in the future to pursue writing full time?
As a matter of fact, I do – writing! Every day I get up, go to the room next door, and work. I create characters, flaws and all, and then pave their path to each other through words.
12. What is your goal as a writer?
To entertain readers!
13. What do you *love* most about writing?
Ooo, that would be letting my creativity run free with words and plots.
14. What do you *hate* most about writing?
Honestly, there isn’t anything I hate about writing. Occasionally, I get frustrated when I’m in the groove and have to stop to eat or sleep, or the admin side of writing, but really it’s a pretty good job.
15. What are you reading right now?
I have 3 books on the go. In paper, hardcover actually, it’s Catherine the Great by Robert K Massie. I’d like to say it’s research, but I’m a big fangirl of Massie’s Russian books and have always found Catherine intriguing. Loving that read, but it’s detailed and so for a taste of something else, so am enjoying The Man Who Died Laughing by Tarquin Hall and the last ebook I read and thoroughly enjoyed was The Craftsman by Georgia Fox.
A week or so ago Come Back, the first book in the Come series which is a shape shifter erotic romance, was released and I’m finishing off the second book, Come to Me, as I sit here. Yup, authors are serious multi-taskers. Anyway, I thought I’d give a random commenter an eBook of Come Back in celebration of AAD in New Orleans – so excited to get down there and enjoy! There you go – comment or ask a question, I’ll be around to answer. Now, I’d like to thank Mama Kitty for interviewing me, this was interesting, fun and revealing chat.
1. Peanut butter or jelly? Not both? Dang, um, strawberry jam.
2. Chips or cookies? Ooo, Have’ a Corn Chips with a hint of lime cooked in soy oil…yummy!
3. Bacon or sausage? BACON! Oops, sorry, didn’t mean to shout – bacon please J
4. Print or eBook? Hmmm, print for my keeper shelf and ebook for immediate entertainment.
5. Pen or pencil? Pen, I’d rely on the eraser instead of thinking things through before writing.
6. Print or cursive? Cursive is easy to do and lovely to read, although print can often be cleaner.
7. Notebook or computer? I’m a portable electronic device chick all the way, writing on paper is saved for my copious to-do notes.
8. Kleenex or handkerchief? Kleenex, I loathe laundry and handkerchiefs would bulk it up.
9. Zombies or vampires? Vamp, bite me, but don’t tear me limb from limb.
10. Angel or Spike? I missed that series, but from their pics, I’ll go with Angel with a bit of Spike on the side.
Tilly Greene was born into the easy folds of a sleepy beach town and embraces the laid back mindset she grew up with. Life took a turn one day while sitting in the back of the school bus with her friends: she was introduced to the joys of romance novels and has never looked back. Now, every day she looks forward to writing about women who are independent and confident, the men who love them, and their twisting passionate path to each other.
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MamaKitty is a mother to a beautiful little girl, wife to her own real life hero, a registered radiographic technologist, student, book reviewer, and author of contemporary romance (as Paige Prince). She hates to be bored, loves a good book, and can usually be found on Twitter or Facebook.