Interview with Lily Amis

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 opinion about social media?
When you read my books America’s Royal Family, Leo & Mousi, Refugees Unwanted or Bunny & Turtle you get an idea about my feeling towards social media. I never was and never will be a fan. I think it has become a bad habit in our society and everyone, in my case the writer community, feels obligated to be part of it.

The worst thing about social media is that it’s time-consuming, and once you decide to join the party you have to invest a lot of time there regularly, sometimes daily. Regarding the number of followers and so called “friends” my experience in the last years has been more negative than positive. Like in real life, there are many pretenders and takers out there. And if you are too trusting and giving like I am, you only end up feeling used and disappointed. The more time goes by the less time I waste at these shallow parties! As opposite to many fellow authors, I have realized and accepted that followers are not necessarily readers and likes and comments don’t pay my bills!
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.
Published 2018-07-11.
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Books by This Author

Pececita & Pajarito, Destino: Libertad
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,500. Language: Spanish. Published: February 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
La imaginación que habita en la cabeza de nuestra curiosa e inteligente pececita crea sueños sobre un mundo más allá del confinamiento de su pecera, sueños de una escapada final para intentar ahogar la monotonía de su vida.
Coniglietto & Tartaruga, Snob e Superficiale Contro Inteligente e Lento
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,360. Language: Italian. Published: October 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Educational, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Una simpatica e profonda storiella che, attraverso le vicende di due animaletti, ci insegna qualcosa sull’importanza di perseguire i propri obiettivi e di raggiungere i propri sogni…senza prendere facili scorciatoie!
Leo & Musetto, Rifugiati Indesiderati
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,730. Language: Italian. Published: October 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Tobi è un topino ingenuo e fiducioso. Ha avuto la fortuna di crescere in un contesto ameno e sereno, circondato dall’affetto dei suoi cari e dal rapporto pacifico con gli altri animali della foresta…Finchè una terribile guerra non arriverà a sconvolgere il suo amato mondo. Una favola bella, profonda e commovente, sulla forza e la fragilità dell’animo umano…
Lord Vögelchen & Lady Goldfisch, Destination Freiheit
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,430. Language: German. Published: October 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Lord Vögelchen & Lady Goldfisch ist eine Geschichte voller Fantasie, die uns lehrt, uns nicht der Verzweiflung hinzugeben, selbst wenn wir den Ausweg nicht sehen. Ein überraschendes Ende, das uns mit einem Lächeln zurücklässt...
Teddy & Lily - Wahre Freundschaft bedeutet bedingungslose Loyalität
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,740. Language: German. Published: September 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Biographical
Teddy & Lily ist ein entzückendes, kleines Buch, inspiriert von dem Memoire Destination Freiheit. Diese süße Geschichte über die Kraft der Liebe und die Werte der Freundschaft - von Teddy selbst erzählt - ist ein Lehrbuch für Kinder und Jugendliche. Es beschreibt auch die Freude an der Freiheit, am Reisen und an der Wichtigkeit von Bildung, sowie an der Vermeidung von Eifersucht.
Destination Freiheit, Die Unzensierte Version
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,540. Language: German. Published: March 24, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Von den Flüchtlingen wird viel erwartet. Es wird, eine hundertprozentige Integration gewünscht. Aber wenn man von Integration spricht, dann darf man dabei einen wesentlichen Punkt nicht vergessen, dazu gehören immer zwei. Es ist ein Geben und ein Nehmen, keine Einbahnstraße. Nun frage ich mich: Wer wird Verantwortung für meine gestohlene Kindheit tragen?
Destination Freedom, The Uncensored Version
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,210. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Biography » Political biography
Society expects a whole lot of refugees. They expect them to become perfectly integrated. But integration always involves: give and take. It is a two-way street. I ask myself: Who is going to take responsibility for my stolen childhood?
Bunny & Turtle, Snob & Shallow verses Smart & Slow
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,440. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Educational, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
What do a turtle and a bunny have in common? Not much and yet they have the same goal. A turtle from Rome and a bunny from Napoli are competing at a writing contest in Florence! The winning prize is a publishing contract and a movie deal. Who is going to win the contest? The hard-working and honest turtle or the lazy charlatan bunny?
Leo & Mousi, Refugees Unwanted!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,540. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » War, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Tobi is a naive and confident little mouse. He had the good fortune to grow up in a pleasant and serene environment surrounded by the affection of his loved ones and by the peaceful relationship with the other animals of the forest. Until a terrible war came and changed his beloved world.
Teddy & Lily, Una storia di Amicizia Autentica e di Fedeltà Incondizionata
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,730. Language: Italian. Published: February 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
E’ proprio vero! Gli incontri migliori si fanno quando meno te lo aspetti. Lo sa bene Lily, una bambina sensibile e affettuosa, che si trova, in circostanze di vita difficili, sballottata in un viaggio senza meta e senza futuro, strappata via dalla sua terra per colpa di un conflitto crudele e disumano.
Passerotto & Pesciolina, Destinazione: Libertà
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,240. Language: Italian. Published: February 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Ci sono situazioni che sembrano disperate. Esistenze che si protraggono nel grigiore di una quotidianità asfissiante e ripetitiva. Senza stimoli e senza prospettive. Ci sono condizioni a cui si vorrebbe sfuggire, con tutta l’energia del cuoricino di un piccolo pesce,
Nocciolina & Lily
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,870. Language: Italian. Published: February 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Una favola dolce e simpatica sull’importanza del prendersi cura l’uno dell’altro e della capacità di legarsi a qualcuno in modo unico ed esclusivo.
Lily Amis Short Stories, The Adventure of Monsieur Jac Couture
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,070. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The Adventure of Monsieur Jac Couture includes the first and second part of the children’s book series! This wonderful collection is especially recommendable for parents who prefer to read a strong story than reading illustrated books for their children.
Die Kleine Lily
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,990. Language: German. Published: August 27, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » New Age » Angels & Fairies
"Die kleine Lily" ist eine liebevolle Geschichte über den Schutzengel der Hoffnung, welcher ein kleines Kriegskind namens Lily und ihre Mutter Sima beschützt.
Birdy & Fishy, Destination: Freedom
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,480. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
“Birdy & Fishy” is a lovely and deep story, about the great power of hope. It is about, believing in miracles and the strength of friendship and loyalty.
History Reloaded, Shit Happens...
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,950. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » History, Nonfiction » Biography » Political biography
“HISTORY RELOADED” is a collection of post-series, by multi-genre author & blogger, Lily Amis. War history, discrimination, racism, the Calais jungle, The Paris attacks, the crises in Syria are all covered. The shock with Brexit, the American Presidential Election of 2016, and finally the new United States President are just a few of the topics that made shocking history!
Teddy & Lily - True Friendship is Unconditional Loyalty
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,770. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Educational
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
It's really true, the best matches are made when you least expect it. Lily, a sensitive and affectionate child, is well aware that she finds herself, in difficult circumstances. She is tossed on a journey without a destination and without a future, far away from her homeland, because of a cruel and inhumane war.
Engel der Hoffnung & Lily, featuring Monsieur Jac Couture
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,850. Language: German. Published: January 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals
Eine liebevolle Geschichte über den Schutzengel der Hoffnung, welcher ein kleines Mädchen namens Lily, ihre Mutter Sima und ihren heimlichen Freund, die smarte kleine Schnecke Monsieur Jac Couture beschützt. Lilys Geschichte erinnert uns daran, dass jeder von uns einen Schutzengel hat und wir uns in schwierigen und hoffnungslose Zeiten auf die Schutzengel verlassen und ihnen vertrauen sollten.
Short Stories - The Power of Friendship, Hope, Love and Family
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,460. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Emotions, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Love, Friendship, Hope, and Family, these are the core values embraced in “Lily Amis’ Short Stories”. This wonderful collection makes a lovely gift for readers who prefer a strong story than illustrated books. Inspired by true stories and filled with hopeful and positive quotes, this book would be your perfect gift for Valentines’ Day or Friendship Day.
America’s Royal Family
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,530. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
America’s Royal Family is a humorous adventure parody. Lisy is a lonely girl and all she wants is a family who will love her and make her feel as though she belongs. She suddenly is fed up with feeling this way and flies from Switzerland to the United States. This is an enjoyable, engaging and entertaining story that will keep you guessing… ‘Who is America’s Royal family?’
America's Royal Family - First Illustrated Fiction Book
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,530. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
America’s Royal Family is a humorous adventure parody. Lisy is a lonely girl and all she wants is a family who will love her and make her feel as though she belongs. She suddenly is fed up with feeling this way and flies from Switzerland to the United States. This is an enjoyable, engaging and entertaining story that will keep you guessing… ‘Who is America’s Royal family?’
Bon Voyage: Monsieur Jac & Lily travel to Europe
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,310. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » People & Places / Europe, Fiction » Educational
Discover the beauty of the European cities with Monsieur Jac Couture and Little Lily as your personal Tourguide on your Sightseeing Tour.
Angel of Hope & Lily featuring Monsieur Jac Couture
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,130. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Graphic Novel, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Friendship
A loving story about the guardian Angel of Hope, who protects a young girl named Lily, her mum Sima and her secret buddy, a tiny and super smart snail, Monsieur Jac Couture.
Die Definition von Freiheit
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 42,580. Language: German. Published: March 2, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
"Die Definition von Freiheit" ist die Fortsetzung von "Destination: Freiheit", ein autobiografischer Roman und Teil 2 einer Trilogie.
Little Lily
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,750. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Bedtime & Dreams, Nonfiction » New Age » Angels & Fairies
(5.00 from 1 review)
Little Lily is based on the memoir Destination: Freedom, the first part of a trilogy by Lily Amis. This loving story reminds us that every one of us has a guardian angel and is protected and blessed by the power of Love. Sima and her little daughter Lily are being protected and blessed by the guardian Angel of hope during a difficult journey in their life.
Angel of Love & Lily - Zak, My Sweet Inspiration
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Friendship, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Emotions
The world is not just black & white and there’s always another side of every Story.
Definition of Freedom
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,690. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » Law » Emigration & Immigration
Definition of Freedom is the follow-up story to Destination: Freedom, an autobiographical novel and the second part of a trilogy.
Peanut & Lily, A Beautiful Story About A Lifelong Friendship
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,960. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Cats
(5.00 from 6 reviews)
PEANUT & LILY is a sweet story about a little cat named Peanut. It is a reminder for kids and adults to take more care of innocent pets, who need our love and support.