Interview with Lilly Avalon

Published 2021-10-17.
When did you first start writing?
The earliest I remember penning stories was in first grade. There was a classmate who was writing their own stories, so I wanted to do it, too. I'm pretty sure I was writing a cat version of 101 Dalmatians at one point. I dabbled in writing off and on for years, mostly coming up with story ideas rather than actually writing them. The romance stories started in my teen years, though.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I was a teenager, self-publishing wasn't a practical option and was generally considered a scam where you ended up with 1000 copies of your book sitting in the garage. I began a book review blog in 2011 and learned about how the market had changed with ebooks and ereaders. That's when self-publishing became a possibility. I did tons of research, read countless blog posts, and it felt like the right decision for me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest books are part of a novella series about men in three different unconventional jobs: a stripper, an escort, and a porn star (in that order). I liked the idea of tackling stories surrounding each, how they meet the girl, and how they fall in love with her, not to mention the speedbumps along the way regarding their often viewed as taboo employment.
What is your writing process?
First of all, I choose my idea. I have hundreds of them and I'm constantly adding to the list. I like to select one that has the most potential to be made into a complete story. What I do is go over the timeline in my head to make sure I have a beginning, middle, and end. Once I've been able to visualize the main aspects of the story, that's when I get the pen and paper (or computer and keyboard) and begin writing out all the details I need to know before starting the outline: title, characters, approximate length, etc. Then I'll get to work on the outline. I like to go chapter by chapter, writing about 200-300 words per chapter to give myself a rough idea of where the story needs to go. After the outline is complete and I begin writing, some of the story may change along the way, but at least I have a rough idea where it's all going.
How do you approach cover design?
I consider my story and then browse stock photos. Finding the right photo often takes longer than actually designing the cover. I'll usually make at least a couple of mock-ups of what I'm thinking, testing out different fonts and colors until I'm pleased with the results.
What do you read for pleasure?
All sorts of romance! I'm addicted to romance books. While I love to read what I write (contemporary, erotica, new adult), I also enjoy reading other sub-genres like historical romance and reverse harem romance. I have also been known to pick up books on writing or publishing, as well as a psychological thriller here and there.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My husband and I co-own an eBay business, so I spend most weekdays working with him on it. For fun, I like to work on needlecraft projects like cross-stitching and sewing. When my husband and I are together on weekends, you'll often find us thrifting or having TV show marathons.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently outlining two novellas (contemporary romance, one is super steamy and one is a little bit steamy) and am aiming to work on them during NaNoWriMo. The aim is to reach 50,000 words between the two stories. Whether I'll be able to accomplish this in November or not is up in the air, but as long as I can get a good jump start I'll be happy.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I pick up one of my books months or even a year after I write it and get that giddy feeling when reading it. I love that feeling.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything to me! Their kind words, their lovely reviews, just everything about them. Their enthusiasm for my next book and their excitement over my latest release. I simply love it all. They're amazing. When readers tell me how much they've enjoyed my books, it makes me want to never stop writing!
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Books by This Author

Somebody to Treasure
Series: Star Struck, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,730. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Romantic Comedy
After my year-long relationship ends abruptly, my best friend and movie star Jasper Schwarz whisks me away on a tropical vacation. We've been friends for years, but this close proximity at a romantic location is stirring up emotions I never thought I'd have for him. I keep getting the feeling that he might be experiencing the same, but there’s no way he could be interested in me. Or could he?
The Risqué Series Boxset (The First Three Books)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,320. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Romantic Comedy
Three men. Three unconventional professions. Three romances. The Risqué Series boxset consists of three steamy novellas: Desiring the Dancer, Enticing the Escort, and Seducing the Star.
Seducing the Star
Series: The Risqué Series. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,290. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
I don’t know why I’m at this party. I’d much rather be ringing in the new year at home in my pajamas. If I were cozy and warm on my couch, I wouldn’t have to worry about the dreaded midnight kiss. Enter Phoenix Westbrook. He’s sexy, he’s nice… and he’s a porn star? We make a pact to share a kiss at midnight, with no strings attached. We didn’t count on the kiss leading to more.
Enticing the Escort
Series: The Risqué Series. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,510. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
I need a date… and fast. There’s no way that I’m going to show up to another wedding by myself. What’s a girl to do? Hire an escort, of course. Gavin is sexy, confident, and definitely not coming home with me tonight. His company, however, proves far more tempting than I could have predicted. When things heat up, will I fight it or give in?
Desiring the Dancer
Series: The Risqué Series. Price: Free! Words: 14,620. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
I’m not looking forward to my stepsister’s bachelorette party. It’s going to be a disaster… then I meet Aiden. He’s a cute waiter passing out the drinks. He’s sweet and I’m smitten. This mutual attraction is undeniable. There’s one other thing that’s undeniable, though. Aiden is also the entertainment.
Irresistibly Yours
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,490. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Irresistibly Yours is a compilation of six short stories. This contemporary romance collection features friends-to-lovers, enemies-to-lovers, an office romance, and sexytimes.
Can't Stay Away
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,970. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Piper: I’m fresh out of college and this summer is going to be busy. I certainly don’t need any distractions. That's when Chase walks back into my life. Chase: It's been four years since I left everything behind. I need to fix my past wrongs with her. There's one thing in our way: I'm about to become her stepbrother.
Resist
Series: Resist. Price: Free! Words: 21,670. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
I’m a girl on a mission. That mission? Have a one-night stand with a stranger. Everything’s going according to plan until Devlin Pierce steps out of that elevator. I try to fight it, the pull he has on me is impossible to resist. That’s when he makes an offer I can’t refuse. One night. It’s all he asks and all I want. Or is it?
Unexpected
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,790. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Ever had one of those days? I’m having one. Everything keeps falling apart and going wrong. And then there’s Ryan. His friendship is exactly what I’ve been missing—what I’ve been needing. I’ve never felt this alive. Are we prepared for what happens after a few innocent kisses between friends? Only one way to find out.
Longing
Series: Resist. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,160. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
It’s been two months since I walked out of Devlin’s hotel room. Well, two months and five days, but I’m not counting. I desperately need to move on, but before I can, Devlin shows up… as my new coworker. He wants me. I want a forever. Is it possible to have it all?