Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Heart-to-Heart; Tilly Greene

My name is Tilly Greene and I’m an erotic romance author – boy, does that sound like a confession or what. Anyway, yes, I delve into a variety of sub-genres, themes and heat levels, and all with romance at the core. The twisting passionate path they take to each other intrigues me and I don’t make it easy for them either. My characters aren’t perfect, they make mistakes, and life often throws in a couple of bumps as well, but it’s how they face them that make it interesting.

What does all that mean? Well, in And She Scores, there are plenty of bumps and twists. The Santa Ana winds are whipping up the heat, wildfires are raging, and two people who used to date are about to meet again – on camera! There are a few problems for Patrick Conway, a professional football player, and Sarah Winters, a reporter, to navigate through, and when the heart is involved, you know it won’t be easy.

Now, something else I like to do with a story is put the reader there, on sight, no matter where it happens to be. And She Scores, is set in Southern California and the couple take a walk along the beach and eat at a restaurant, both things I’ve done many times before, and thought to share with others. I’ve also done this in other books, like “Highland Heat” and London, “Taming Marie Antoinette” and Paris, and the series An Invitation to the World and India, to name a few. I like to call these visits to another place a snippet of voyeur tourism amidst an erotic romance.

There you go, a hint of what I write, and to follow is a hint of me:

Describe a moment that really tugged at your heart.
There are many, both happy and sad tugs, that happen all the time, too many to pick just one. When my cutie surprises me with a mug of hot chocolate, topped with mini marshmallows, it’s an excellent tug. When a friend receives a call from her son in Afghanistan to check in, it’s a tear jerking fantastic tug. When a nephew, who is a teen, cracking voice and all, asks to go out to lunch with you, it’s a fabulous tug. I enjoy those moments.


What type of movies make you cry? When was the last time you cried in a movie?
I’m easy to tear up while watching films. The last one was “Up” – a Pixar animation – and I watched it on an airplane. Yes, I cried, ran out of tissues, and was stuck sniffling until the bathroom was free. It’s a great film, very creatively put together, and also rather romantic.


What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your stories?
I find it interesting that, as a kid, I was told by a teacher to write a paper – say 5 pages – and I thought the world was ending. I could never write that much stuff, but I somehow managed in the end. Then, in college, I read a handful of books a week, wrote papers – let’s say 10 pages – and was often shocked to turn them in. The length no longer mattered, it was the quantity that was the challenge. Today, there’s no trauma or drama that I used to feel when it came to writing. It flows and I call it my job – the best I’ve ever had. It’s funny how life twists about on us.


Are your characters inspired by real people or events?
Some are and it’s interesting to take reality and twist it around while maintaining what drew me there in the first place. When the organizers of Wimbledon, the tennis competition in England, a few years ago announced women would have the same prize money as men, I was surprised. While I enjoy tennis, it never dawned on me that the prizes weren’t the same. Interesting, but what had my writer’s antennae working overtime was when some male players came out and publically stated they didn’t think it was fair. They played harder and longer than the women. When the shock dissipated, I wrote “Zandia” a futuristic about sexual equality, and the ladies come out the winners.


What do you enjoy reading? Can you name your five favorite authors?
I read everything! There are too many places to visit through a book to turn away from one. Lately, I’ve found some interesting non-fictions, but if I’m looking for an escape, then I’ll go with a Mystery, Romance or SF/Fantasy. I don’t do “favorite” authors, but for Christmas, the books I asked for and received were by Kelley Armstrong, Linda Fairstein, Tess Gerritsen [my fist one by her] and Laurell K Hamilton, and the first book I bought in 2010 was Stella and Audra Price’s latest release.

To discover what happens between Patrick and Sarah before that first football game of the pre-season, you’ll need to visit All Romance or OmniLit, and pick up a copy of And She Scores,. And, when you do that, remember all proceeds will be given to the American Heart Association. What a great way to enjoy an erotic romance.

Learn more about Tilly Greene visit her at her website, her Hot Thoughts Blog, Facebook and Twitter.


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