My friend Lily Velden is having a Blog Tour for Heart Not Mine
Genre: gay romance, contemporary
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Despite a successful college teaching career, Noah Daniels has become depressed. He feels he’s leading a monochromatic life: love has eluded him. When he’s offered a chance to teach in London as part of an exchange program, he accepts, hoping a change of scenery will do him good. But once he’s there, his outlook on love and sexuality changes in ways he never expected.
Robert Callinan is Noah’s English counterpart in the program. The men exchange not only their jobs, but also their homes, and it is what Noah stumbles across while staying at Robert’s house that sends him on a journey of self-discovery—both mentally and physically. A journey that puts color back into his life… just not in the way he expected. When the exchange program ends, Noah has to go home, but he doesn’t know if he wants to return to the life he left behind.
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About the author
Lily Velden lives on the east coast of Australia, her family having emigrated from Holland when she was a child.
She’s both a left and right brain person, holding qualifications in both Finance and Fine Arts. She tells her friends that her way with numbers will make her a profitable artist and writer… one day.
Lily has always had a love of language and a beautifully crafted sentence, and admits to having a fetish for collecting quotes, poems, and song lyrics. What she won’t admit to is how many notebooks she’s filled with those quotes… Her fascination carries on into her artworks where she often incorporates text. When a shoulder injury slowed down her art practice she decided to explore her love of the written word more fully and began writing. “I’ll paint my pictures with words.”
Not that she’s abandoned art-making in its entirety—Lily collaborates on the designs for all her book covers.
There are many things Lily loves, here are just a few of the PG rated ones: a good laugh (all the better if caused by a naughty joke), the smell of freshly baked goods and mown grass, a smile from a stranger, rainbows after the rain, and witnessing a promise kept.
Lily Velden is giving away:
3x DSP Gift Vouchers for any Lily Velden Title – $6.99 each
Lily’s contacts are:
Twitter Name: @LilyVelden
I asked Lily if she had anything she wanted to say. here it is:
For the anniversary of Heart Knot Mine I decided to go on a blog tour—it sounded like a good idea, like what a REAL author would do… and Alina said it would be fun….
Along the way I’ve answered interview questions galore. I think its safe to say the readers, writers, and reviewers of the MM genre now know more about me than my own mother!
Anyways… I thought I’d have a go at writing an article. Only problem was; what do I write about?
Don’t stress, Alina told me. It’ll be a breeze. Just talk about where you get your inspiration from or your writing process.
Hmm, my inspiration… or my writing process… let’s see, that’s like a choice between putting my, ah, **cough** quirks on full display or admitting to my inability to do just about anything in a normal, logical, and rational manner, which, I guess, ties back into my quirks.
Yes, this going on tour and writing an article business could be fun… as in, like having root canal work done is fun!
To be honest, I’m cringing, more than a little, at the thought of revealing the ‘rules’ or ‘procedures’ I follow when writing a novel.
Basically, because I have none.
Yep. There you have it! Confession time! There’s no structure. No plan. There’s no set sequence of things I do. I’ve never written a storyboard in my life, nor mapped out each chapter. And while I’m being honest I may as well admit if I ever did, I’d probably rebel against myself. I can see it now—I’d join forces with the characters, stage a coup, flick myself the bird, maybe blow a raspberry or two, definitely some tongue poking out business, while throwing enough literary spanners in the works that the end story would look nothing like the storyboard!
LOL, a storyboard? I can’t even write in sequential order!
My characters are voices in my head. They are more real to me than most people I come across in my every day life. They live in my mind for a long time before I attempt to tell their story. We get to know each other in the same way I got to know my friend in Germany, Cordula, likes Marks & Spencer’s Empress Tea, and how when I make a cuppa for my friend and fellow writer in England, Taylin Clavelli, I practically just waft her teabag under the steam from the kettle!
Ask me and I could tell you Noah’s favorite color, how he takes his coffee, the names of his childhood pets, and when he shared his first kiss. I could tell you the sporting teams he follows, the music he listens to, and that he broke his arm at the age of twelve. But more than that, I could tell you what moves him to tears and what makes him laugh until his stomach aches.
Oops, there I go again doing things arse about. It’s Noah’s story that I tell in Heart Knot Mine.
So how do the boys tell me their stories? How did Noah tell me his? They talk to me and show me movie clips. If I’m lucky they may show them in chronological order, but I have to say, that’s a rarity. For instance, Noah showed me the opening scene of him sitting lonely and depressed in a bar and then the final scene where….
Hahahaha, bet you thought I was going to reveal the ending! Sorry! No can do! I may be blonde but I’m not that blonde!
As to all the events that happened between the opening scene to the closing one, they were presented to me out of order. Does that make the writing difficult? At times, yes. There were many occasions where I did the metaphorical sitting Noah down and saying, ‘Okay, you’re not going anywhere until you tell me how you got from here to here.’ (On a side note, having been a mother to three children came in handy at those times. You have to love the effect of the ‘mum’ voice, even on a fictional creature!)
When the boys are being slow to reveal the next part of their journey to me, I go over what they’ve already told me. I change a word, add a sentence, take another out, I expand on what they’ve told me, I contract, I correct, and I edit. In other words, I tweak like crazy! (Have just realized I’m admitting to another quirk…) And then when they’re talking to me once more, I do it all again!
By the end, I must admit, I surprise myself that it all makes sense and flows with no gaping holes or awkward leaps. I guess the boys look out for me in that respect, the same way I look out for them. Then again, we’re friends and that’s what friends do!