Interview With Author Lillian Archer
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi, my name is Lillian Archer, and I am an 18-year-old author. I like to write fiction/fantasy books. I started writing in my junior year of high school during the pandemic and I kept writing ever since. I am currently working, and I am enrolled in college with a major in biochemistry. I am hoping to become a Forensic Scientist when I am done with my schooling. However, I hope I can make something out of this one of these days. I hope I can make my family proud of me for doing something important.
So far I have written 2 books. The first book is a short story called Julie and the Case of the Missing Mother. The second book is called The Portal in the woods.
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What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my latest book is The Portal in the Woods. It got published on December 1st, 2022 on Amazon. I guess the thing that inspired it is a thought that popped into my head after writing my first book and I really liked it. After writing more of that idea, I liked it even more, so I wrote the book.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I believe I do have some unusual writing habits. However, it’s more of trying to figure out what writing process I like the best. I started writing my recent book with paper and pencil. I felt like I wrote more down on paper than on my laptop. I discovered a couple of chapters in, my wrist would get cramped up often. Then I wrote the book on my mother’s old typewriter. I did that for a while. I loved the little click-clacks that it made. There was one major downside, I had to copy it all down on my laptop afterward. So after that, I just moved to my laptop, so I could finish my book and get onto editing. Sometimes I do get bored with one writing method, so I might just switch between these methods when writing a book.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I don’t think any authors or books really influenced me. I just have a great imagination and I’d often find myself daydreaming, captured by the story my brain has made. Eventually, I just decided to make a book because I was bored during the pandemic, having nothing to do. I am happy that I have decided to do that and I am hoping to write more in the future.
What are you working on now?
I am currently extremely busy at college, but I am hoping to write more in my free time and breaks. I do have some ideas on what to write. I just need to have some time to storyboard them and start writing. I am trying to not burn out and I don’t want to write in that condition because I believe that the quality of the book will suffer. Plus, I need to focus on my grades and everything else that is going on in my life.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Social media is a huge thing that helps to promote books. I post often to try to reach as many people as possible. I am also trying to promote my book on Amazon, I am not sure how well it is going to work, but I will just have to wait and see. I also submit my books to websites like this one, hoping that someone will come across them and will find them interesting.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My advice to new authors is to keep doing what you are doing. Be patient and try not to push yourself too hard. Writing takes time and if you rush through it, you going to be very frustrated and will go through many writing blocks. It is best to take your time and make sure that this is the best book you can make.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I have ever heard was to keep doing what you are doing as long as it makes you happy.
What are you reading now?
I wish I had more time to read books. The most recent one I tried to read was Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer. I don’t really have too much time to read with everything else I have to do in my life. I mainly read college textbooks for my classes.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m not really sure what comes next for me as a writer, but I hope to keep writing in the future. I am going to go with the flow. I think I am going to keep on writing in hopes that people will like it. Even if one person likes it, I am happy.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
If I was stranded on a desert island, I would take a Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book or Two (These books are my childhood 🙂 ), along with The Magic Tree House (These books would give me comfort), and of course, a few of the Twilight books (I would take the first few because I hate reading out of order.).
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