Interview: Lily Paradis

About Lily Paradis:

Lily is 22 and recently graduated from the University of Colorado where she earned a degree in English Literature. She lives with her family and loves reading, running, and hiking. Although she’s a Colorado native, New York City is her favorite place in the world and fosters her borderline unhealthy obsession with the Empire State Building and F. Scott Fitzgerald. IGNITE is her debut novel.


The Page Unbound: How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author?

Lily: I’ve been writing since I can remember, but only writing seriously (as in pursuing it career wise) since about November of 2012. That was the first time I finished NaNoWriMo and felt like my baby novel could someday become a book that someone would actually enjoy. That one was Equilibrium, which is a sci-fi/historical fantasy type book – it’ll hopefully be out late 2015 or early 2016! I always wanted to be an author, but I didn’t know if I was good enough, or if it was possible.


TPU:  What inspires you to write?

Lily: I’m inspired when I least expect it, which I love. Music is wonderful. Sometimes I’ll put on my favorite song and scroll through Tumblr looking for inspiration, and that’s why I have those tagged boards on my page! I queue everything though, so it shows up like 100 days after I initially find it and I love seeing it when it comes back up and the things that come back up with it when it finally posts.


TPU: What is your writing process like?

Lily:  It used to be really scattered. I would write a scene whenever it came into my head and figure out where in the puzzle it went later. That was really difficult, so now I write down a sentence or two about it in my notes, then I mull it over in my head until I’m ready to get there in the manuscript. Sometimes that’s better because your brain puts it together better the more you think about it! I use Scrivener mostly. I only write in Georgia font. And I hate Word.


TPU: What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?

Lily: Editing. Especially with this book. A lot of things were missed due to file corruption, etc. It was NOT a good experience, but now I know how to prevent that in the future!


TPU:  What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?

Lily: Sabriel by Garth Nix, will always have influence over how I write because it’s my favorite book of all time. I also love anything by Tarryn Fisher, and Volition is very much in that genre.


TPU: What authors do you like to read?

Lily: The last question semi answered this, but Garth Nix, Tarryn Fisher, Colleen Hoover, Kate McCarthy, and Nicole Williams.


TPU: What are you currently reading?

Lily: Currently reading my ARC of Clariel by Garth Nix, and I cried when I got it in the mail. It’s the fourth in the Sabriel series, and he hasn’t written a book in that one for a LONG time now, so this is amazing.


TPU: What project are you working on currently?

Lily: I’m working on finishing up Volition, which I’m really excited to share! It’s darker and edgier than Ignite by far, and I love that style.


TPU: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Lily: Write what you love. Write what YOU want to read. If you don’t love it, no one else will.


TPU: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Lily:  Thank you so much for having me, and for taking the time to review Ignite! It means the world to me!



Be sure to check out Lily Paradis on Goodreads and follow her on FacebookTwitter, Tumblr and Instagram!

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