Interview with Lili Marlene

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Some people love the sound of their own voice, and I love the sound of my own writing (inside my head of course). It is also nice to know that people read my stuff. Some even like it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Household drudgery mostly. Sometimes I escape to the garden.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I could see that there was a book to be written about the life of Daniel Tammet (born Daniel Corney), and it was also clear that there were people out there who wished that the book be written by someone. People kindly sent me links to interesting material through my blog. On top of that, I've had a longstanding desire to be an author, but on my own terms.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've been writing a blog for too many years on the themes of Asperger syndrome, synaesthesia and famous people who wear such labels. I obsessively compiled lists of famous people at my blog, and Daniel Tammet was in both lists. I read about him in the book Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer and I realised how much of Tammet's past was not covered by his own biography and misleadingly hadn't been reported by the press or other media. I also realised that this is a scientific scandal, because respected scientists have somehow ended up writing questionable studies of Tammet and incomplete accounts of his life which were then published in peer-reviewed journal papers. This definitely is not the way that science is supposed to operate. When I studied the philosophy of science at university I learned that science is supposed to be a self-correcting institution, but in the Daniel Tammet story I saw no evidence of neuroscientists explicitly correcting the errors of their peers. As commenters at my blog deposited a constant drip of links to more evidence we shared our amazement and debated about the basis of memory superiority. Is it all attributable to mnemonic techniques or do synaesthesia or other neurobiological factors play a role? My ebook of a few pages is still growing beyond 68,000 words. A story like this to an obsessive is like a lit match to a hay shed.
How do you approach cover design?
With reluctance.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords have made it possible for me to publish three books to date at no financial cost to me, which is good because I got no money.
When did you first start writing?
When the teacher in grade one taught me how to write letters and numbers? Am I being too literal?
Who are your favorite authors?
Ben Goldacre, Richard Dawkins, Martin Whitely, Gordon Rugg, Joshua Foer, Frances Yates, Claudia Hammond, David Edmonds and John Eidinow, Oliver Sacks, Richard F. Challis, Deborah Locke, Cordelia Fine, Peter Gotzsche and Ray Moynihan are just a selection of book authors whose work I have enjoyed, but to tell you the truth, I spend as much time reading journalism and scientific journal papers and reviews as I do reading books.
Published 2015-03-15.
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Books by This Author

Lili’s Little Ebook of Wit and Incivility
You set the price! Words: 3,520. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Nonfiction » Reference » Quotations
This is nothing more than a modest collection of remembered witty sayings, crude and cutting insults, silly acronyms and amusing similes, drawn from popular culture, professional life, contemporary comedy, classic literature, slang traditions of English-speaking countries and stuff that Mum and Dad used to say.
Daniel Tammet: the Boy with the Incredible Story
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 148,610. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography, Nonfiction » Psychology » Psychopathology / autism spectrum disorders
Many people have known for a long time that the life story of the author, celebrity and performer of intellectual feats Daniel Tammet which has been told countless times in books, TV and scientific publications is incomplete in ways that matter and questionable in too many ways to count. Let Lili Marlene show you the alternative story hiding in plain sight, in her massively expanded 2017 edition.
The Mysterious Mind of Opal Whiteley: Four Unique Lives Compared
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,400. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Literary biography, Nonfiction » Psychology » Neuropsychology
Opal Whiteley (1897-1992) remains a mysterious figure. Her life began as a brilliant girl with a passion for nature living in logging camps in Oregon, and ended as a psychiatric patient in the Napsbury Hospital in England after decades of institutionalization. How did this happen? Can the riddle of multi-synaesthete Whiteley be solved by comparing her life with other famous and enigmatic people?
The Strange and Mysterious Life of Opal Whiteley
You set the price! Words: 2,750. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Literary biography, Nonfiction » Psychology » Neuropsychology
Opal Irene Whiteley was born in 1897 in Washington and was raised in Oregon, and died at the Napsbury Hospital in England as a psychiatric patient, at the age of ninety-four in 1992. How did a brilliant young American girl with a passion for geology and nature study come to end her life institutionalized in England?