Lily Graison is a USA TODAY bestselling author of historical western romances. Her Willow Creek Series introduced readers to a small Montana town where the west is wild and the cowboys are wilder. Lily also dabbles in contemporary and paranormal romance when the mood strikes and all of her stories lean heavily to the spicy side with strong female leads and heroes who tend to always get what they want. She writes full time and lives in Hickory, NC with her husband and a house full of Yorkies.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I didn't start writing until well into my 30's but it was only FanFiction, and it was only something I did for fun. I'd never once thought to make a career out of it and honestly didn't even read much outside of FanFiciton, but I've always loved a good romance. I was dared by someone to write a story with all original characters so I sat down and plotted my first one. It took a while to finish but by the time I reached The End, I was hooked. Being able to create my own worlds opened up an entire universe for me and I never looked back. I was published two years after I wrote that first original story.
How long does it take you to write a book?
I'm notoriously slow at writing. I tend to go back over what I've already written and tweak it to within an inch of its life--then I do it again. My internal editor is very picky so I'm forever cutting my deadlines too close, or missing them all together, but a good story takes as long as it takes to write and readers will wait. They want good stories, regardless of how long they have to wait.