Interview with Lily Amis

Published 2021-12-18.
What’s the best part about writing?
Everything about writing is exciting. When I worked on my memoir, I traveled back in time and relived my life. Realizing the mistakes and poor decisions I’ve made was a reminder and warning to not repeat them again. Reliving the bad times was an eye-opener. It made me grateful for what I have overcome and achieved today despite all the obstacles and difficulties. Reliving the good moments was priceless. Especially the memories of my childhood with my respected and beloved grandparents.

Today when I work on my children and YA books there is no limit for imagination. I feel and think like a kid and there are no rules. I’m the creator and enjoy the entire writing process of creating the characters, dialogues, story line, and making the colorful illustrations and the book covers together with my best friend: my precious and gorgeous mum, Sima.
What is your best writing advice to aspiring authors?
Write from your heart and touch people’s souls. Don’t care about spelling, punctuation and grammar! That’s the editor’s job. The more you focus on your writing and characters and less about grammar and spelling the better your story.
When and why did you decide to write dog diaries? And why do you call them your Ambassadors?
In the previous six years, ever since I am promoting my book “Destination Freedom”, also known as “The stolen Years in Zurich”, which is an eye-opening and honest memoir, I realize that humans just don’t care about the plight of refugees as much as they should. There is a lot of prejudice and to be honest the lack of interest, support, empathy, and understanding make me furious.

In 2020 during the lockdown, the idea was born. I thought to myself, if humans don’t care about other human’s plight, maybe they will make the time to read dogs' diaries because everyone loves and adores dogs more than people. Meanwhile, I have nine adorable characters; Lucky, Lovely, Lucie, Lemon, Leonardo, Laila, Ludwig, Louise, and Lennon who share their stories with children and adults. The reason why I call them my little Lily4Refugees Ambassadors is that their point of view, feeling, and response, is what I expect and hope to receive from humans for humans. The sale numbers speak for themselves because readers finally show their interest, and educating young and young at heart readers about this global issue makes me more than happy.

If you enjoy reading short stories about dogs’ diaries, memoirs, and biography these meaningful, short, and fun reads, available in English and German, will entertain and educate you. Lucky and Leonardo’s stories are also available in Italian.

More Ambassadors will join the Lily4Refugees Team in 2022! Meanwhile, if you like to show your support for refugees worldwide, please sign my petition #HumanityB4Nationality. You find the link on my website, www.LilyAmis.com
What is your main goal with writing and publishing your stories?
I write fiction and non-fiction inspired by my own experiences, struggles, lessons but also blessings and passions in life. My anti-war, anti-discrimination, anti-bullying, and anti-racism stories will inspire children and adult readers about important topics in life such as family, friendship, education, integration, humanity, empathy, kindness, and much more.
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Lennon, Das Wunder Der Musik
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 6,870. Language: German. Published: December 4, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Pets & domestic animals, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Lennon ist ein kleiner empathischer Hund, der in einem Waisenhaus in Bayern lebt. Seine Besitzerin Claudia ist eine liebenswerte Dame in ihren Fünfzigern und kümmert sich seit Jahren um Waisenkinder jeden Alters. Im Sommer 2015 ziehen ein paar Flüchtlingskinder, die im Krieg alles verloren haben, in das bereits überfüllte Haus ein, und das bringt Schwierigkeiten und Herausforderungen mit sich.
Louise, Liebe Auf Den Ersten Biss
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 6,160. Language: German. Published: December 3, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Pets & domestic animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
Der Duft von Schnee und Weihnachten liegt in der Luft, es ist die turbulenteste Zeit des Jahres für die exklusive bayerische Bäckerei und Konditorei im Herzen unseres Dorfes. Alle sind so aufgeregt wie die kleine Louise, die Bäckerei- und Konditoreihündin. Besucher aus aller Welt kommen vorbei, um die Schönheit des Schlosses Neuschwanstein im verschneiten Winter zu erleben.
Lennon, the Miracle of Music
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 6,920. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Pets & domestic animals, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Lennon is a little empathetic dog living in an orphanage in Bavaria, Germany. His owner, Claudia, is a lovely lady in her fifties and has been taking good care of children of all ages for years. In summer 2015 a large number of refugee children, who have lost everything in war, join the already overcrowded house and this brings some difficulties and challenges!
Louise, Love at First Bite
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 6,280. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Pets & domestic animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
The smell of snow and Christmas is in the air, and it is the busiest time of year for the exclusive Bavarian bakery and pastry shop in the heart of the village. Everyone is as excited as little Louise, the bakery and pastries dog. Visitors from all over the world come to experience the beauty of the Neuschwanstein Castle in snowy winter...
Ludwig - Für die Ewigkeit und darüber hinaus ...
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 5,610. Language: German. Published: October 21, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Pets & domestic animals
Ludwig, ein kleiner deutscher Dackel, lebt mit seiner liebevollen Familie in Bayern, in dem kleinen Dorf Hohenschwangau bei Füssen, nahe dem weltberühmten Schloss Neuschwanstein. Wegen seiner kurzen und krummen Beine und seiner Schlappohren wurde der kleine Ludwig zeitlebens unterschätzt und belächelt.
Laila, Alle Farben Sind Wichtig!
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 6,170. Language: German. Published: October 15, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Pets & domestic animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Laila ist eine junge Dalmatiner-Hündin, die in einem Flüchtlingslager in Griechenland lebt. Sie fühlt sich oft als Außenseiterin, obwohl sie es liebt, von Menschen umgeben zu sein und mit Kindern spielen zu können. Laila isoliert sich selbst von allen aufgrund des Aussehens ihres Felles, das weiß ist und auf dem schwarze und braune Flecke sind.
Ludwig, for Eternity and Beyond
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 5,620. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Pets & domestic animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Ludwig, a little German dachshund lives with his family in Bavaria, in the small village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen, close to the world-famous Castle of Neuschwanstein above the hills. Because of his short, curved legs and floppy ears, little Ludwig has been underestimated and laughed at all his life.
Laila, All Colors Matter!
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 6,150. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Pets & domestic animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Laila is a young orphan dalmatian living in a refugee camp in Greece. She often feels like an outsider even though she loves being surrounded by humans and playing with children. Laila isolates herself from everyone because of the color of her white fur marked with black and brown-colored spots. But everything changes when a foreign lady opens an art workshop for the refugee children.
Leonardo, Agli Umani Non Importa Niente!
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 5,500. Language: Italian. Published: February 1, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Homelessness & Poverty, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Pets & domestic animals
Leonardo è un cane giovane e senza speranza, con un difficile percorso di vita, pieno di ostacoli emotivi e fisici. Dopo un viaggio estenuante pieno di difficoltà, Leonardo arriva nella capitale dell’Italia, Roma, e ha solo un obiettivo. Vuole incontrare Papa Francesco per chiedergli perché lui veda solo umani ma non umanità.
Leonardo, Den Menschen Ist Alles Egal!
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 7,180. Language: German. Published: December 23, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Homelessness & Poverty, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals » Pets & domestic animals
Leonardo ist ein junger und hoffnungsloser Hund auf einer schwierigen Lebensreise voller emotionaler und physischer Hindernisse. Nach einer stressigen Reise voller Hindernisse landet er in der italienischen Hauptstadt Rom und hat nur ein Ziel: Er möchte Papst Franziskus persönlich treffen und ihn fragen, warum er zwar Menschen sieht, aber keine Menschlichkeit.
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