Author name: Lila MunroWebsite/Blog: http://realmanticmoments.blogspot.com
1. How many hours a day do you usually spend writing? Do you write every day?
I normally spend two to four hours a day writing and I try very hard to adhere to a daily schedule, although life does happen. I don’t have a regular day job, I actually am a professional writer and thus it’s easier for me than other writers who have to worry with working the day job. I take most weekends off. The muses appreciate the break. :)
2. Do you have a daily word goal? (Or other type of daily writing goal?)My word goal is dependent on my current project and the deadline I’m working with. Usually I shoot for 1-2 thousand words. Now that might seem like a minute amount for a four hour stretch when you see Facebook posts about people shooting out 10K in a matter of three hours or some such thing, but I believe in quality over quantity and the time I allot is geared to factor in self-editing and regular quality checks. I also believe in leaving ink in the well, so to speak. I stop where I know I can pick up with ease the next day, not write until the words are exhausted and the next day I wind up with writer’s block.
3. How many books do you write/work on at a time?Normally one. Again…the quality versus quantity equation. I need to focus and devote all my time to one thing at a time and make it the best it can be then move on. Now that’s not to say I don’t have lots of ideas floating at once. I have a notebook handy and as things come to me I jot them down. I might even write a scene that won’t leave me alone, but to literally bounce between multiple works, that’s not me.
4. Do you snack while you write?Not often. After a health scare a couple of years ago, I’m much more aware of what I put in, because bad in is bad out. If I do I try extremely hard to go for a healthy snack. Writing is a very sedentary life if you let it become so. It’s easy to sit here and write and write and never move and keep a bowl of M & Ms on the desk. Not healthy! :)
5. What’s your writing environment like? (Music, silence, etc?)I live stream music as I write and genre depends on what my characters like. I also like to write with the shades open so I can get sun because like a plant I need it to grow and be healthy. :)
6. What’s your favorite genre/sub-genre to write? To read?I write contemporary romance and BDSM/ménage. However, my guilty indulgence is historical.
7. Do you prefer to write series or stand-alone books? Which do you prefer to read?I prefer to read and write series. I started out as a stand-alone writer and quickly morphed and haven’t really looked back since.
8. Do you plot? Or not?I’m what I’ve taken to referring to myself as a plantster. I do plot…I’m just not as anal about it as I used to be. No more long flow charts and graphs. :) I start with an idea, a general time line, a few quickly jotted notes on chapter development and go from there, take more notes when necessary. I always pretty well know the beginning, middle and end. The blanks are negotiable with the muses.
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Blurb:When you’re the last man standing…
Not only was Logan Delaney the last of his siblings to remain unmarried and unsettled, his entire family believed he’d never find a wife. The baby of eight, he’s been dubbed an irresponsible player and told he’ll never amount to a hill of beans. And at one time, Logan may have been okay with those descriptions, but no more. On a quest to prove his worth, he’s spent the entire summer learning the family business, staying in at night, and saving his money. And if his family would stop meddling in his affairs and trying to dictate who he should and shouldn’t be seeing, he might just show them he’s found the one, Lizzy Jenkins.
And have a bad reputation to blame…
Elizabeth Jenkins had always known Logan Delaney existed, but he’d never so much as turned one glance her way until she handed him his butt on a silver platter in three sentences or less over the phone. After that it seemed at every turn there he was and the more she resisted the heat building between them, the bigger the fire got. Until his family interfered. And why wouldn’t they? Between Logan’s legacy and her baggage, they were a disaster in the making.
Can you be trusted with a fragile heart?
But Logan doesn’t run when he finds out about Colby. In fact, he embraces Lizzy’s special needs son and defies the advice of everyone urging him to leave Lizzy alone. But after one moment of weakness, Logan finds himself knee deep in a marriage complete with the little boy whose father bailed before his birth and Lizzy’s grandfather, who needs constant care as well. Then there's the man who just might be the demise of it all.
Excerpt:With a mixture of emotions swirling through her, Lizzy watched the same storm overtake Logan’s features which was brewing inside her. A veritable lightning bolt passed between them as soon as he’d touched her. She knew she’d always been attracted to Logan, but the instant heat still scalding her skin from his fingers left her unsettled. It was but a mere couple of hours prior she was trying to convince herself she could do with some sort of quickie sexual gratification, although she’d admitted it could never be with Logan, and now she wanted nothing more and the door to her emotions was wide open leaving her vulnerable and believing maybe they could have both. And just as she was trying to tell herself to stop trusting the lies her deprived body was concocting, Logan decided to try to convince her he might be interested in more as well.
Where was Logan the player and who was the imposter sitting across the table from her who could probably talk her right into his bed with one sentence or less and keep her coming back heartbreak on the horizon or not?
As her pulse slowed a bit, she turned to look at Colby and reminded herself why she couldn’t be playing horizontal Twister with anyone let alone Logan. And she sure couldn’t go letting Colby think there was a reason to get too comfortable around him. He seemed to like Logan and the Delaney herd of kids and she didn’t want him getting his feelings hurt because she couldn’t control her hormonal urges. What if she made the mistake of screwing Logan’s brains out, things didn’t work out, and that made it awkward to be coming around anymore? This was the first time anyone had really taken them in and welcomed them unconditionally and she didn’t want to rob Colby of it.
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About Lila:Lila Munro currently resides on the coast of North Carolina with her husband and their two four-legged kids. She’s a military wife with an empty nest and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she’s lived around for the past fifteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. Her genre of choice is contemporary romance that spans everything from the sensual softer read to BDSM and ménage. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her works include The Executive Officer’s Wife, Bound By Trust, Three for Keeps, the Force Recon series, the Slower Lower series, the Identity series, and the Private Collection. Currently she is working on two new series set to release summer of 2013, the At Your Service line and the Steele Image line. She’s a member in good standing of RWA. Ms. Munro loves to hear from her readers and can be found at:
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