Lily Ennis


I enjoy the outdoors, especially tramping for days through valleys and on mountains, getting stinky with the exertion of it and then making camp at the end of the day. I am a geology graduate but work in conservation. I am passionate about animal welfare, karate, embroidery, Scottish Country Dancing and watching sci-fi. Oh, and I play a few instruments (not particularly well, but who cares).

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Life is short. I didn't want hundreds of rejection letters from major publishing houses just because they'd already filled their quota for my genre. Poor old Jane Austen suffered 16 years of rejection before she finally broke through. I have tenacity, but not that much. Becoming an indie author puts me in control of my own deadlines and schedules. It does not mean that I skimp on the important things like having my books reviewed and edited. In the beginning of my writing process I use my reading friends as a sounding board for overall assessment purposes. If they love something, hate something or think I can change something I listen. These people represent the reading public. I take on board their comments very carefully. As an indie author I do not rely on one person's idea of what the market wants out of my work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's a toss up between the research and writing the first draft. I love discovering the true events that surround the story I have developed. The context is supremely important. If I can learn history this way (and I do just by being an avid reader) then I know my readers will also learn something.

Writing the first draft is fun; massive fun. The story flows out of my head, down my arm and out to my pencil as if I am living the story. It is fast paced and furious. I don't wordsmith at this stage. I just get down the story.

These are my two favourite parts to writing. The harder parts are everything else.
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Where to find Lily Ennis online


EarthFlight Two: Dragon's Quest
Price: Free! Words: 13,310. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
The second EarthFlight book sees Dragon and his pilot, Wabbit, soaring across the dimensions in search of Dragon's clan - if only he could remember what they looked like. The book contains three more adventures. Wabbit unwittingly gets them into some sticky situations but as always, Dragon's wise counsel and Wabbit's hare-brained schemes ensures a happy ending for all involved; for now.
Scarlet Runner
Price: Free! Words: 81,640. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Romance » Historical
The 1912 Waihi Strike tested the resolve of the worker, the town and the government. None could have forseen its devastating effects or the tragedy that would propel the strike into the annals of history. The story follows Archie and Mary struggling to find love against a turbulent industrial dispute. Battles were fought and lost, love won and lost, men died. The strike was never called off.
Seaton's War
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,960. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
War comes to Seaton when a Japanese submarine beaches on its shore. When the prisoners are incarcerated Kitty sees her chance to do something for the war effort. She meets Dr. Robert Anderson who is engaged in secretive work and with whom she falls in love. But who's side is he on? Pacific war, secret liaisons, the spy game and the quest for liberation in Europe weave through Kitty's story.
EarthFlight One: A Dragon's Adventure
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,340. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Dragon and his pilot Wabbit discover new lands as they fly between the forgotten dimension, the uncharted dimension and sometimes Earth. At various stops they encounter sticky situations which divert them from their true quest: to find Dragon's clan.
Fire in the Mountain
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 114,960. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Set against the backdrop of an erupting volcano in New Zealand, Lana wrestles with her recent grief, for survival, and her future with a man whose past she was once part of. Woven through her narrative is Alfred's story and the theft of war medals, and which Lana finds herself enmeshed in, further threatening her life. Follow Lana as she tries to extricate herself from the mountain and her past.

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