Let's welcome the lovely Lily Cain to my blog for My Favorite Things!
My Favorite Things
Thanks for having me here today, Candace, and for inviting me to join in on your fun series – My Favorite Things!
Since I am a writer it might be obvious to say that my favorite thing to do is to write, or that since I am a mom my favorite people are my kids. Or I might have begun this post with the fact that my favorite drink is currently a Starbucks Caramel Frappucino (okay I had to really think if that beat out a vodka and cranberry juice but there you go). I might even have decided to tell you about my favorite genre, erotic romance…er scifi…no, mystery. Okay, that wasn’t going to work either.
Instead, let me tell you about my favorite moment with every book I write. Not the beginning, despite how fresh and shiny a new story is. Not the middle when the plot is really rolling. And it isn’t the end, despite the sense of relief I experience as my characters struggle past their black moment and into each other’s arms forever. I love all of those parts of my story. But what I love the most is the research.
Okay, I admit it. I am a research junkie. I want to listen to 80’s music if I am writing about a big hair flash back. I want to delve into a treasure trove of historical photographs if I am plotting a WWII scene. I listen to the scifi podcasts with glee when I am working on the dialog for my latest erotic scifi novella.
In other words, I waste time before, around and during my writing, and I love it. It’s awful in a way—I should be pounding out the words. But no knowledge is ever wasted. Who knows when I will use the awesome fact that apparently there is a newly discovered galaxy out there that could be the Milky Way’s twin? Or that there is a way to make your own Easy Bake Oven mixes?
Research leads to so much more. More ideas, more backstory, more depth to my characters. And I think it is this compulsion that has led me to create a full dictionary for the Inarrii language used in my erotic scifi series, The Confederacy Treaty, with Carina Press. The Inarrii are a complex race, but not that different from humans. Two legs, two arms—that sort of thing is similar. It is the culture that is different, and the research for that has been a total blast.
On June 13, 2011 my next book comes out, The Naked Truth, book two of The Confederacy Treaty. Here’s the blurb:
Captain Susan Branscombe was the victim of brutal torture at the hands of terrorists. Though rescued, she’s now facing an equally brutal accusation: treason.
The only way she can prove her innocence is to allow Asler Kiis, a Confederacy Examiner, to delve into the depths of her mind. Asler is Inarri, the alien race that made contact with Earth just months before. His duty is to find the truth, but when he explores Susan’s mind he can’t resist drawing her into a more intimate experience.
Susan takes comfort in Asler’s heated sensuality. Their erotic sensory exploration chases away the darkness and her body aches for more. But as their desire reaches new limits Susan finds it difficult to suppress the memories she is desperate to forget.
Is the passion they share enough to let Susan push aside her fear and trust Asler, not only with her mind and body but with her ever-opening heart?
My favorite made-up part of the language that shows up in this one is Inar tel sahan yowlenaii – a more loving greeting meaning loosely - welcome to our world together, always.
So tell me, what is your favorite part of reading? Leave your thoughts and I will give a copy of The Naked Truth away to a commenter.
For more information about Lilly Cain, and for excerpts of her stories please visit www.lillycain.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LillyCain or on Facebook at www.facebook.ca/Lilly_Cain
A HUGE thank you to Lilly for that wonderful post! I think doing research to help create a fictional story would be interesting because you can just run with the things that interest you and develop the story however you like. I think it's obvious when an author has done research, when they have immersed themselves into the time period, the culture, etc, that they are writing about.
One copy of The Naked Truth ebook to a commenter.
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