A Conversation Over Tea with Lory L.
by Barbara Tiller Cole
I am very grateful to have Lory Lilian with me today here at Darcyholic Diversions. Back in the early days of JAFF, I discovered Lory L’s Rainy Days. Since that time, when someone wants an introduction to Jane Austen inspired literature, that story is one of a handful that I have recommended to a novice Austenesque reader. So I was thrilled when Lory agreed to stop by for an interview.
There are TWO ecopies of one of Lory’s novels of your choice as a give away with this post! Thank you Lory! In the comment section share what you have enjoyed in Lory’s previous works or what you are looking forward to in this one. Extra entries for liking this blog, joining the email list, liking my author page on Facebook, reposting this link on Facebook or Twitter, or anything other idea you might have. Please included any extra things you have done in comments below your own post in the comment section.
And now, I’ve poured tea, lets chat with Lory...
Lory, tell us a little bit about how and when you first discovered any of Jane Austen's novels.
The first Jane Austen book I read and instantly fell in love with was Pride and Prejudice. I was 13 years old back then and I can say it changed my life completely. Of course, I first read it translated in Romanian, but as soon as I found it in English, my enjoyment increased.
Was it Austen love at first site? Or did you read it in school and return to Austen later?
Pride and Prejudice was love at first sight without a doubt. Then came Sense and Sensibility, and Emma. Mansfield Park, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.
Was it one of Jane Austen's books, or one of the Austen movie adaptations that really began your love affair with Austen?
My love affair with Austen started with Pride and Prejudice the book, long before I saw any adaptation. Then with the BBC 1995 miniseries it begun my fanfiction obsession – and I was lost forever.
I know that I discovered your early writings long before you had anything published online. How did you first discover JAFF (Or Austen-inspired literature--depending on how you refer to it)?
Well, it was 2004 and I kept searching the Internet for anything related to Pride and Prejudice 95. And I happened to click on a link toward the Derbyshire Writers Guild, then to Hyacinth Gardens and Firthness. So for the next 4 months I read EVERYTHING I could find online, which means I slept no more than 4 hours every night LOL. It was such a blissful time. Then, in January 2005 I started to write and post on line my first novel, Rainy Days. Its success is still hard to believe for me.
How has your career or your hobbies influenced your writing? (I don't know anything about your history, so you can separate this into two questions if you have an answer to both.)
Until three years ago I had a long carrier in Human Resources and sales, in different multinational companies. So my time for writing was very limited. That was the main reason why I only wrote 4 books since 2005 to 2015, although I had lots of inspiration and ideas. Then at long last, I decided to split my time equally between business and my hobby- which is my writing. As a consequence, I published three new books in two years.
When a non Austen inspired reader is curious about JAFF I have often recommended that they read your first novel, Rainy Days. What inspired you to write your it?
Oh – thank you so much; you are very kind! I am thrilled and humbled to see how many people still love Rainy Days. What inspired me to write it? Hmmmm – just my endless passion/devotion for Elizabeth and Darcy and their story. The idea came into my head and would never leave. Can you believe that I wrote the 390 pages in about 3 months ? J
What was the inspiration for your new release, A Man Without Faults?
A man with Faults was a challenge – for me and my readers. Some people whose opinion is very important to me suggested that my books are a little bit … too perfect. That a little more angst might be nice. Oh well – here it is! Lots of angst, I might say. But of course, it has its well-deserved part of mush and a hot happy ending! And people seemed to enjoy it, as the sales and the reviews are excellent. The book was number 275 in the total Amazon sales rank; I am pretty sure it is the highest rank ever reached by a JAFF book and I cannot thank my readers enough for that.
Without giving too much away, one of your book's thematic elements appears to be about the consequence Darcy's long held resentment and anger? It is much stronger than in canon. What did you like and not like about your Darcy in this book?
Ha ha – I pretty much hated this Darcy in the beginning (just keep in mind that the first draft had much more angst and Darcy was much darker!). Seriously speaking, it was hard to write him, his anger, his resentment… But I hope I succeeded in keeping his major traits: he is honorable, fair, caring, generous – and very much in love with Elizabeth.
I understand you had the misfortune to have someone fraudulently plagarize your name on a book you did not write. I know many were shocked and concerned when we heard that that had happened to you. Would you like the opportunity to clear the air about what happened?
I was shocked too – although I know that many nasty things happened in JAFF community in the last years: books stolen from the online sites, plagiarism and others which I would never believe possible among people who love Jane Austen. So basically, searching for the latest reviews of AMWF, Amazon just recommended me a book of 36 pages, which had the author name written with very large fonts, while the title was barely visible. The author’s name was Lory Lilian LOL. My first concern was that my readers would be deceived to believe it was my book, would buy it and be disappointed with it – and with me. That was very painful and worrisome! So I emailed Amazon, but they basically told me there was nothing they could do, since it was allowed to have more authors with the same name. However, as soon as I posted the announcement, the reaction from JAFF community was immediate and so powerful that Amazon took that book down within a couple of hours.
Are you currently writing thing new you would like to discuss?
Yes, I am working on a new project. It is light, romantic, hot and low angst. Ha ha – I really love writing it.
Anything else you would like to share with the readers here at Darcyholic Diversions?
Just to say how excited I am to be here for the first time and hope to repeat the experience in the future. Thanks so much for having me.
And I have really enjoyed visiting with you! Please come back and visit when your next book is ready for release!
I am looking forward to reading about a darker DarcyReplyDelete
Thanks so much for commenting! Hope you will read it soon. Good luck with the giveaway! :-)Delete
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Well now I know where we can meet when I next visit Romania: La Un Ceai! As I have mentioned to LL, I have never read any of her work, altho' I did purchase an e-copy of one of her books recently and look forward to reading it. I have already friended LL on FB, and have also already liked BTC's blog and FB page, and joined the mailing list. Other ideas? When I do read LL's book I will be happy to review it. I'm just finishing up another very enjoyable book so it may be soon. Many thanks for the interview and giveaway.ReplyDelete
Oh - so exciting ! Did you visit Romania before? You must tell me more ! :-) And I wish you good luck with the giveaway !Delete
Lory's books are just wonderful and it's obvious that many of us love both them and her by the reaction to the name plagiarism recently. Amazon must have been overwhelmed by the number of one star reviews that the guilty party received. I know that there were loads on Amazon US and Amazon UK (I did my bit, Lory!) but have no idea what the total reached before Amazon removed it from sale. Anyone who knows Lory's work wouldn't have been fooled by the abysmal writing but it could have put some folks off if they thought it was typical of her writing.ReplyDelete
Barbara, your idea of recommending "Rainy Days" as a jumping-off point for any newcomers to JAFF is an inspired idea and one I could heartily concur with.
The thing that intrigues me most about the new book is the angst. Lory's trademark "hot mush" mixed with the angst sounds very much my thing! This is the only LL book missing from my collection, so it'd be lovely to win a copy. Thanks so much for the opportunity.
Links to re-postings will follow shortly.
Anji, thank you so much for your kind words and for your constant support! I was so grateful for the wonderful support of the JAFF community in this stressful situation of stolen name - and in many other times before in the last 14 years :-). I am humbled and overwhelmed by how many people loved Rainy Days and still do. :-)Delete
I am glad you are interested in my last book - hope you will read it soon. Good luck in the giveaway!
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Such a great interview Lory and Barbara. I love all Lory's books, but my favorite is 'Sketching Mister Darcy'. I loved rational and mature way Elizabeth accepted the situation, and how D&E relationship developed.ReplyDelete
Looking forward to a low angst, high fluff story.:)
Links to Twitter and Facebook
I'm already on the mail list and following the blog, as well as FB page.
Hi Kate and thank for your comment ! Ha ha - I so agree with you about the low angst, high fluff story :-) :-) :-)Delete
I've read and enjoyed Lory's His Uncle's Favorite. It's a great book and I look forward to reading more from Lory. Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
I am on your email list.
I follow this site through Blogger.
I liked your author page on Facebook and liked your Facebook post about this giveaway.
I requested to join the Darcyholic Diversions group on FB.
I pinned this post to my Pinterest page.
I shared this post on Google+
I shared this post on twitter.
Hi and welcome to our conversation! :-) Good luck in the giveaway!Delete
What a great interview! Your books are all amazing, Lory and I am looking forward to reading A Man With Faults.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the giveaway!
I tweeted: https://twitter.com/Dani_Quadros/status/867779099560992768
I liked your facebook page and post and joined the email list. ;)
Thank you so much, Daniela ! Hope you will read A man with Faults very soon :-)Delete
I love your books, Lory! I also love me some angst! I'm really looking forward to reading your latest. Hot angsty mush? Bring it on!ReplyDelete
Barbara, I liked your Facebook page. 😀
Oh - thanks so much, Pam ! Good luck in the giveaway!Delete
Excellent interview and thanks so much for featuring Lory. I LOVE her books. Have yet to read the latest, but school will be out in another week. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Thank you for joining us, Jen ! :-)Delete
And school is out today, so this week is looking good!Delete
Lory, you know I love your books. Is A Man Without Fault available in paperback. I just can't adapt to reading online! I must hold a book in my hands to fully enjoy it!ReplyDelete
Hi Bonnie ! You are always so nice and supportive about my book :). Yes, it is available in paperback too. I am sooo with you in this - I prefer paperbooks too.Delete
I've only just seen this post. Lovely interview! As Lory knows I love all her books and I agree that Rainy Days is an ideal book to start a long infatuation with JAFF (obviously followed by Rainbow Promise��)ReplyDelete
I am so looking forward to her next book(s) it goes without saying that I will love them also.
I was happy to add my 'review' to the 36 page piece of rubbish masquerading as a Lory book and was so pleased when it was removed.
Please don't enter me in the giveaway as I have both paperback and e-book versions of all the books ������
I have loved all of Lory's books. It enjoyed learning more about her. Keep writing! Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to win a copy of AMWF.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the comment Eva and good luck in the giveaway ! :-)Delete