Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tattered Pages Welcomes Author Lilly Gayle!

Lilly, I can't tell you what a thrill it is for me to have you as my guest! For all the blog readers out there, hang onto your hats! Lilly has been tearing up the historical romance genre with some fantastic releases!

Thanks for having me on your blog today and letting me talk about writing and my new release. Actually, I’m about to have another new release. Wholesale Husband, an American Rose historical from The Wild Rose Press  is set to release 9/28/11 but it’s already listed as an upcoming release on TWRP’s website.

In June, Slightly Tarnished my English Rose historical from The Wild Rose Press was released.  So, it’s been a great summer. I’m just a bit overwhelmed trying to promote two books within such a short timeframe. But I really shouldn’t complain. This dream was a long time coming!

I first wanted to write back in junior high, but life soon got in the way and I forgot about my dream. Or, so I had thought. But after my children were born, I started thinking about my writing dreams to the point that my husband bought a computer and told me to stop dreaming and start writing.  

I tried writing children’s stories for a while since my daughters were three and five at the time. But I didn’t have the knack for it. Then I tried my at writing “what I know.” And I knew about radiology since I’m a technologist. But my medical romantic suspense read like a radiology text book with sex scenes. Lol! It will NEVER see the light of day. Even if I wanted to revise it, I couldn’t. It was written in Lotus Works and saved on a 5 ½ inch flexible floppy disc! Does anyone even remember those?

Years passed. I raised my children, joined RWA and my local chapter. And I continued to write in my spare time.  I also started submitting. And getting rejected. I went through three agents. Two were not legit the other just didn’t work out. And finally, thirteen years later, The Wild Rose Press contracted my first novel, Out of the Darkness, a paranormal vampire romance. It was published the next year and is still available at

Slightly Tarnished was actually my third manuscript. It once had an agent but after an ungodly number of rejections and gentle recommendations from some very kind editors, I revised and resubmitted. And TWRP published it.

Writing isn’t always fun, but if it’s something you love or feel compelled to do, then don’t give up. Keep writing. Learn the craft. Take writing courses. And hang out with other writers. It’s the best way to learn.

Just remember, despite the many new e-publishers, self-publishing groups, and tried and true traditional publishers, a book must still meet industry standards or it will never sell. And before a book can sell, someone has to publish it.

Computers, “snail” mail, and email submission make it easier than ever for a writer to submit multiple manuscripts to agents and editors, which increases the number of manuscripts in the slush piles.  So, each manuscript must be memorable. A writer needs a high concept, unique twist, or memorable characters to make his/her story stand out from the crowd. But more than anything, a writer needs a dream and the endurance and tenacity to see that dream through.
If you’re a struggling writer, don’t give up on your dream. If you are a reader and you love or recommend a book, kindly write a review. It means so much to an author.  But if you don’t like a book, please don’t trash it.  Remember what your mother told you? If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all? And remember, reading is subjective. Simply say, not my cup of tea or I prefer happy endings and move on.

You can check out book trailers for my three releases on my website.
I also have a blog. Stop by and visit sometimes!


Lilly Gayle said...

Thanks for having me on your blog today. Also today, Wholesale Husband has been listed on the latest in paperback's page at TWRP. People can order the paperback AND the digital version now at I'm so excited!

Sarah Grimm said...

" medical romantic suspense read like a radiology text book with sex scenes."

ROFL!! I love that! And your advice about reviewing...I wish everyone would follow it. Unfortunately, some people enjoy the power the internet gives them and trash things just to be mean.

Can't wait to read WHOLESALE HUSBAND!

Lilly Gayle said...

Thanks Sarah. I haven't had a bad review yet, but I don't have many reviews either. I think the more attention your book generates the more likely these book-trashing "mean girls" are going to trash you. And that's just wrong.

Susan Macatee said...

Congrats on your upcoming release, Lilly! All of your covers are beautiful!

And I'm in full agreement regarding reviews. Reading is subjective. What I like, someone else will hate. I always seem to get that love/hate extreme with my own stories. I'm told that's because I have a strong voice.

Wholesale Husband is definitely on my radar to add to my Nook collection. Best of luck with it!

AJ Nuest said...

Thank you so much for being here today, Lilly! Whew! Sorry it's taken me so long to get here and welcome you! I can't wait to dig into Wholesale Husband. And that cover!I love it!

Katherine said...


My first book will also never see the light of day. I have a hard copy of it in a shirt box on the far corner of my closet shelf. Every once in while, I'll take it down meaning to put it in the garbage, but I always end up putting it back. I think the reason I'm holding on to it is because it represents how far I've come in my craft. (At least that's what I tell myself.)

Lilly Gayle said...

Susan, IMHO, a strong voice means a powerful story. Some people prefer to read books that don't require a lot of thought to hold their attention. But those books will quickly fade from their memory. If you have a strong voice,then those who like your writing will remember your stories for years to come.
Katherine, I understand completely. I wish I had a copy of my first manuscript. If nothing else, it'd be good for a laugh. lol! Or a teaching tool to show beginning writers what NOT to do!

Lilly Gayle said...

Thanks for hosting me today, AJ!

rbooth43 said...

I love to read books require a lot of thought to hold My attention and your books surely do that and more. Your books are so suspenseful, romantic and keep me entertained throughout the entire book. You are a great writer and my favorite.