Welcome to Books à la Mode, Lilian! Let's get this interview started.
Will you please share a brief bio with us?
Lilian Carmine is the author of the popular Lost Boys novels and Bacharel of Visual Arts.
The Lost Boys Trilogy will be published by Ebury Press (Random House UK), the first book of which with over 33 million reads online at Wattpad.
Lilian is currently working as a freelance artist on illustrated children’s books, animation, and artistic creation—as well as the next book in her Lost Boys series.
Readers, here's a bit about the book, which drops tomorrow!
The Lost Boys
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Page Count: 512
Release Date: January 1st, 2014
Publisher: Ebury Press (Random House UK)
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
An intensely addictive romance novel about girls, ghosts, and forbidden love, ideal for fans of Stephenie MeyerFate has brought them together. But will it also keep them apart? Having moved to a strange town, 17-year-old Joey Gray is feeling a little lost, until she meets a cute, mysterious boy near her new home. But there’s a very good reason why Tristan Halloway is always to be found roaming in the local graveyard.
Perfect for fans of Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Kate, The Lost Boys is a magical, romantic tale of girl meets ghost.
Describe The Lost Boys in six words.
How did you arrive at writing paranormal romance?
I think paranormal fiction gives me a lot of freedom; I can create new worlds, new universes, magical beings, entities with powers... anything is possible and that is what I like the most about the genre.
Supernatural fiction and fantasy are my most favorite genres to read (and write) because of all the possibilities they allow for creativity.
“I really was lost.”That is the exact first line of book.
I think it was a very significant way to start the story, since the main character Joe Gray starts as literally "lost," but then ends up being officially a member and part of the “Lost” Boys, a group of rocking friends and musicians and in the end, the Lost Boys will help Joe to find the way to be herself again and to live a life full of possibilities.
How do you react to negative or harsh reviews of your writing?
I try to listen to what everyone has to say and take in the things I agree and discard the things that don’t make sense to me, simple as that.
People are entitled to have their opinion, but you don’t have to agree with everything everyone says.
You also can’t let it affect you, and that goes both ways. People are often concerned about the bad critics, but the high praises can’t be as bad for you, if you don’t know how to deal with them.
Don’t let all the praises go up to your head; but don’t let the harsh criticism bring you down either. Stay centered and true to yourself and you won’t have problems with any kind of feedback you receive. That’s the advice I try to follow myself here.
That's fabulous advice. Authors need to be wary of the negative aspects of positive criticism.
Click "Read more" to find out what kind of kid Lilian was in high school, who her celebrity crush is, and the message she wants readers to take away from her novel. We're also hosting a giveaway for TWO print copies at the end, so you don't want to miss that either!