In keeping with our Little Gems Garnet Edition Blog Bite feature, Lilian is a Little Gems regular so we asked for her tips for writing a short story.
I usually think up a conflict situation between two characters first and then think of a surprise hook at the end. Then I just sort of fill in!
Three words to describe me: Short. Talkative. Interested.
At home I cook: Whatever I like
My worst habit is: Procrastinating
It’s a bit daggy but I love: The sound of curlews wailing during the night as they congregate under the street light posts
My first job was: Library assistant at the Dept.of Civil Aviation Central Library in Queen Street, Melbourne.
My day job is: Paid job? A very distant memory.
Saving for: Nothing in particular
I procrastinate by: Grabbing the nearest book and reading, or playing computer card games
My secret skill that is no longer a secret: I “read” tarot cards!
Favourite author: I don’t have a favourite
I would most like to meet: Some brilliantly wonderful M&B publisher who will say, “I love your work and can’t wait to publish your books.” (Like that’s going to happen!!!!)
3 things to take if stranded on a desert island:
- My darling Richard.
- A survival handbook in case he runs out of ideas 🙂
- A genie hidden in a bottle to be released so we can be rescued when we’re sick of being alone on an island.
I write: Short stories and M&B “Sexy” books
You’ll find Lilian’s short story in the 2011 Little Gems Garnet Edition. Order your copy now via the RWA website. NOTE: Orders now will help us determine our print run. Books will not be available iuntil August 2011 (RWA conference time 🙂