Interview with Lilly Rayman

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in England. I never "fit in" as a young person, I was always an original, never a copy cat. This led to teasing, and in turn led to my turning to the world of fantasy. I found that when immersed in the world of the written word it didn't matter what anybody thought. The world of Science Fiction and Fantasy was my escape from reality. I think it was this love of escape that has had the most influence in my writing. Dragon Queen was written when I was a teenager, hiding from bullies behind a leading lady that did not care what the world thought of her.
When did you first start writing?
When I was a teenager I started writing, it was my own form of escapism. When I left school and started working, writing was forgotten, until recently. I found the world of e-books and re-discovered my joy of reading which in turn renewed by desire to write. My dream is to be able to publish and share my joy with everyone.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are my motivation, the kick in the pants to keep me writing and getting me towards my goal of completing my book.
What are you working on next?
Currently I am working on An Unexpected Revelation, book two following An Unexpected Bonding.
I posted my working plot out and draft of An Unexpected Bonding via wattpad. Before I had even finished I had what I felt to be an immense response from readers, and this has encouraged me that my work might just be worth working on.
When An Unexpected Bonding was entered into the iParchment writing rally 2014, it won Best Work and Most Popular work. This encouraged me to get it professionally edited and published. The enthusiasm I've received from AUB has been the encouragement to continue with An Unexpected Revelation.
Who are your favorite authors?
As a young adult, Anne MacCaffery was my favourite author. I just lost myself entirely in her world of Pern.

Currently Emma V Leech is one of my favourite authors. She is my motivation to work towards my dream of publishing my books. She has also become a mentor, and I love her for it. Thank you Emma!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My husband and our darling daughter. Also the fact that we live on our own little piece of paradise. We have a small farming block on river country in rural New South Wales Australia, and with our cattle and horses around us daily, and own little house on the river bank...well what more can I say?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being a mother, wife and farmer.
What do you read for pleasure?
Vampires, werewolves, dragons and anything fantasy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Dragon Queen was the first story I ever wrote. I was only about fourteen at the time. I look back at it now and I cringe, there is so much influence from my favourite books that I read at the time. But when the going got touch at school, I just stepped into the persona of my leading lady, and I was invincible. I wouldn't be where I am today without every experience I've had in life.
What is your writing process?
I have to admit, I just write as I feel. I don't use plots of guides. I have ideas and dreams, and little thoughts about what I want to happen. So I write those thoughts down. Then I just start writing. I love using Wattpad as my forum for drafting my stories, because I publish each chapter as I draft it, my readers give me their thoughts and impressions on each chapter. I then take that back with me when it comes to re-drafting my work. I work in extra information or changes based on the responses and questions I get from my readers. Sometimes it might take me a while between chapters, until I get that creative juice, which just tumbles out of me onto the page. When I'm on a roll I just have to go with it.
Published 2014-11-20.
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Books by This Author

Mated Hearts
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,290. Language: Australian English. Published: July 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Mated Hearts brings together two short stories from Paranormal Romance author Lilly Rayman. The Last Centaur has Lilly's "Western Flair", and StarCrossed is set in Lilly's home country of Australia and brings a paranormal twist to everyone's favourite Shakespearian tragedy.
An Unexpected Revelation: Book Two of The Unexpected Trilogy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 136,600. Language: Australian English. Published: July 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Western
Join all your favourite characters once more in the second book of the Unexpected Series. Everything the wolf pack has tried to keep hidden from the sleepy town of Eagle Downs falls into jeopardy. Can the secret of their existence remain intact, or is this the end of unspoken accord between wolf and human? Return to Thunder Hollow to see how fear, prejudices and memories of the past are overcome.
An Unexpected Bonding: Book One of The Unexpected Trilogy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 130,900. Language: Australian English. Published: July 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Western
For centuries there has been hatred, bloodshed and killing between the vampire and wolf nations. Will the unexpected bonding between wolf and vampire be enough to overcome the centuries of hatred and bring peace and unity to all? Will the wolf and the vampire overcome their own heartaches to accept their bonding and let romance evolve? Best Work and Most Popular Work - iParchment writing rally '14
An Unexpected Mating (Prequel to The Unexpected Trilogy)
Price: Free! Words: 17,340. Language: Australian English. Published: March 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
An Unexpected Mating takes readers on a tumultuous journey with Numito Romero, Alpha of the Romulus pack. Follow Numito through some of the most important, and toughest times of his life as he loves and loses not one, but two mates. Will the love of his children be enough to give meaning to his life?