Monday, 13 December 2010

With These words – Lilly Gayle

Never Give Up

So happy to be here today. Thanks for having me.

My first manuscript was a horrendous medical thriller that read like a text book. But completing that first book gave me the courage and self-esteem to write another. Unfortunately, entering contests and submitting my second novel, a time-travel, destroyed whatever confidence I’d built up. But I didn’t give up.

Next, I wrote a historical romances. Ironically, the first book I completed in 1999, Slightly Tarnished, is set to be released sometime next year by The Wild Rose Press. And I’m hoping to publish other historicals as well as the sequel to Out of the Darkness as soon as I complete it.

I’ve been reading romances for years. My favorite genre is historical and romantic suspense, but I’m also a huge Dean Koontz fan. And after reading the Fear Nothing Trilogy in the mid nineties, I became obsessed with xeroderma pitmentosum, a light sensitivity disorder in which sufferers cannot go out into the sun or be exposed to strong UV lights without risking severe burns, lesions, and even fatal skin cancers. While reading the series, I kept thinking, “I bet this disease is one of the origins for vampire myths.”

So, I started doing research. Then sometime in 2004, I saw a re-run of an old movie, Universal Soldier, starring Jean-Claude Van Damm. Basically, the movie is about a black ops military operation that turns mortally wounded Vietnam Vets into unstoppable soldiers. I combined ideas I got watching Universal Soldier with ideas that came to me while reading Dean Koontz and completed my first draft of Out of the Darkness in 2005. Unfortunately, it took another five years, a dozen re-writes, and some near misses at publication with another publishing house before The Wild Rose Press offered me a contract. But the wait was worth it. Because Out of the Darkness is a much better book now.

I’m currently working on the sequel.

© Lilly Gayle

Featured Title

Out of the Darkness

Author: Lilly Gayle

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Her research could cure his dark hunger if a covert government agent doesn't get to her first.

Vincent Maxwell is a vampire with a conscience seeking a cure to his dark hunger. But when a scientist looking to create vampire soldiers captures and kills a fellow vampire, Vincent seeks out Dr. Megan Harper, a research scientist who discovered a link between a genetic light sensitivity disorder and vampirism. Dr. Harper could hold a key to a cure and the answers to Gerard’s death. But getting close to the beautiful scientist could endanger both their lives.

When Megan meets Vincent she believes he suffers from xeroderma pigmentosum, the genetic disease that killed her sister. Sensing a deep loneliness within the handsome man, she offers friendship and access to her research files. But she and Vincent soon become more than friends and Megan learns the horrifying truth. She's entered the dark and unseen world of vampires and Vincent is her only hope of survival.


More about Lilly




For the past thirteen years, Lilly Gayle has found time to write in between her regular duties as a wife, mother, and radiologic technologist. But now that her two daughters are both grown and her first book has finally made it into print, she hopes to devote more time to writing and less time to such mundane things as housework.

Lilly Gayle lives in north central North Carolina with her husband of twenty-nine years and her youngest daughter who is in her third year of college. Her idea of the perfect weekend is a trip to Emerald Isle with her husband, a good book, and her laptop.

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Welcome to the world of publishing Lilly and I wish you every success.…..

5 Speak To Me:

Chris on 13 December 2010 at 16:35 said...

Nicely dramatic cover!

Lilly Gayle on 13 December 2010 at 22:38 said...

Thanks Chris. Angela Anderson is the cover artist for both OUT OF THE DARKNESS and my soon-to-be released historical, SLIGHTLY TARNISHED. I think she's awesome!

Karen Michelle Nutt on 13 December 2010 at 23:38 said...

I love Fear Nothing and Seize the Night by Dean Koontz. These two are my favorite of his books. Was there a third?

Interesting background for your tale. Isn't it amazing how something will spark an idea for story.

I wish you well with release and upcoming releases. When do you think you'll finish you sequel?

Ilona Fridl said...

Hi, Lily!

Fellow rose, here. I always loved suspense and mystery, that's why I write 'em! I wish great sales for you, the book looks good.

Dr J on 14 December 2010 at 17:05 said...

I am always excited and impressed by authors who finally give in to their muse and let the words flow that have been wanting out for so long. Writing a book isn't easy, but kudos and plaudits to an author who can embrace that urge and make it into a great book. Thanks for sharing your dream and vision as well as your accomplishments.