Author Interview: Lily Luchesi

Lily Luchesi

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Danny Mancini is on a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn’t even human: he’s a 200 year old rogue vampire! The department doesn’t believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral. Two years later, Danny gets an invitation from the beautiful, young Detective Angelica Cross to join a secret branch of the FBI to help her track down Vincent, the wayward vamp. But renegade werewolves, meddling immortal witches and Danny’s strange visions of a life lived a century ago with Angelica make things more difficult than it should be.

  • Which book of yours should someone reading this buy first?
    • It depends on the genre they like. If they enjoy vampires with a little bit of romance and solving mysteries, then Stake-Out, the first book in my Paranormal Detectives Series is where they should start. If they prefer things erotic, I have a two-part tale featuring Dracula’s daughter, who is a dominatrix, and her submissive, Rebecca. They’re called A Bloody Legacy and The Hunger Within. Still, if they like supernatural suspense and horror, I have a standalone novel called Never Again, which follows a male siren during his time in WWII, fighting the demons that the Nazis controlled.
  • Describe your perfect day.
    • Wake up and not feel sick from a bad night’s sleep, have zero panic attacks, eat a big Italian meal with my mom, do some writing, and binge-watch Supernatural.
  • Coffee or Tea?
    • Coffee!!!
  • Describe your writing routine.
    • Put in earbuds, put fingers to keyboard, and type. I have no other routine. I have an idea and I start writing.
  • How many books do you try and read a year?
    • At least 52, one a week. I used to rush through books, devouring them like one would devour a deep dish pizza, but lately I like to linger over the pages, savoring each word like wine.
  • What genre do you write in?
    • Paranormal, urban fantasy, horror, and erotica.
  • What genre would you like to write in one day?
    • I’ve written in many, but I would love to do a sci-fi akin to Doctor Who or even possibly Dragon Ball Z.
  • Do you read your book reviews? How do you process them, good vs. bad. Do you give some more weight than others? Like Amazon vs. Goodreads reviews.
    • I read my ARC readers’ reviews, but otherwise I don’t.
  • Does your family support your career as a writer?
    • Yes. My mom is my biggest fan and critic. Without her support, I’d never have made it.
  • What is your favorite Character you’ve written?
    • Ooooh that’s a difficult question! I love them all, even the evil ones. I suppose that has to be Angelica Cross, the female lead in my Paranormal Detectives Series. She has been an enigma even to me, and she continues to surprise me with every book. She’s intelligent, confident, cunning, and kind, despite the fact that she’s killed more people than Jack The Ripper.
  • What does literary success look like to you?
    • A dedicated fanbase of readers who love my work and making enough money to call this a full-time job.
  • How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
    • Half finished? Let’s not go there. I have many unpublished, but all of them have publication dates in the future, which readers can find via my website link I gave here.
  • What is your patronus / Howarts House / Ilvermorny House?
    • My patronus is a dune mare (according to Pottermore). I am a very proud Slytherin. I am also a Horned Serpent.
  • Advice for new Authors: What’s the best way to market your books?
    • Newsletters. Build a newsletter and do swaps. Of course, you also have to have a professionally edited book and excellent cover in order for any marketing to work for you whatsoever. But I swear by newsletters.
  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
    • A psychologist. As a sufferer of depression, anxiety, and PTSD, I would like to help others in that way.
  • Do you Indie Publish or Traditional Publish? Explain if you’d like.
    • I publish with a small traditional publisher, Vamptasy, which is an imprint of CHBB Publishing. I love working with them. The woman who runs it, the editor, and the designer are all so lovely, and I’ve made amazing friends amongst my colleagues.

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