Welcome Lila. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I write very autobiographically. The main character Morgan is based on myself. Or at least on myself about ten years ago. I also have a specific person in mind from my real life for almost every character—though I change names and exaggerate traits to keep it fiction.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
When I was a teenager, I used to eat leftover brown gravy cold, right from the gravy dish in the fridge. Don't ask me why.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I've always enjoyed writing since English journals in second grade. But when I finally called myself a writer wasn't until I finished my first novel, which was the first story I had ever finished outside of school assignments. It took me a lot of nudging from God to realize that He had given me a gift and that I could use my gift of writing for Him.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I most prefer contemporary Christian Romance, historical Christian Romance, especially Old West and Mail Order Bride sub-genres, with a smattering of historical fiction and science-fiction/fantasy. I will not read suspense, horror, or anything too steamy.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I guard my time. I say “no” to a lot of extra stuff. I work at home, I homeschool my boys, and we only have one working car, so I don't go out very often. I only go to church on Sundays and Wednesdays, grocery shopping and family time on Fridays. I plan a girls' night or attend a women's activity every two or three months. Another thing that's been very helpful is to set aside specific times every day for spending time with my loved ones. I check my emails first thing in the morning, then I make breakfast, get my boys started with their schoolwork, do any housework (I have a specific task for each day of the week, such as laundry on Tuesdays and bathrooms on Thursdays), and then my afternoons are for writing and working. Then after supper, I spend time with my kids and after they go to bed with my husband.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
I use several different processes. Sometimes I ask my readers on my FB author page on in my FB group to help name my inconsequential supporting characters. But my main characters I spend a lot of time trying to find the right name. It usually ends up being a name that I like and has some meaning to me, but I also have to make sure that it's not a name of a real person in the area.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
This is a hard question for me as I don't like focusing on my achievements because pride is so insidious. I guess I would say that I'm satisfied with my determination. I'm happy I figured out all the components on my own and self-published all three books without paying anyone to do any part of it for me. It was difficult and frustrating at times, but I pushed through it.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A unicorn, because they're graceful and pretty—two things I am not. :)
What is your favorite food?
Flash-fried sushi with eel sauce. Yum! And that's funny, because I was afraid to try sushi for so many years! But my husband finally talked me into trying a starter roll, a Philly roll, and I was hooked.
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
My mindset. One of my creative writing teachers made me feel incompetent and I listened to that. I also never had a clear idea of where I wanted a story to go. I began many ideas and would write a chapter or two, but I would always quit, because I couldn't write it chronologically. The reason I finished Love is Not Arrogant or Rude, the first story I ever finished outside of short-story assignments in school, was because I tried a different method. I plotted out the major events in the story visually. I made a ladder, and each rung up the ladder was a chapter that increased the tension. The climax was the top, and the resolution was the quick slide down. This helped me see where I was going. But every day I only wrote a scene that I could see in my mind pretty clearly, meaning I jumped around from chapter to chapter and did not write chronologically. It was the most freeing thing I could have done for how my brain works. This method was the first one that really worked for me. And once I saw that I had the ability to do it, I gained confidence and clarity.
Tell us about the featured book.
This third in the “Love is...” series is an inspiring, first-person, Christian romance about a tempted couple's battle to overcome their desire for physical intimacy and remain pure.
Will there be a wedding after all?
In Love is Patient, Morgan wonders if she can survive making the 1,001 wedding decisions in spite of her family's conflicting advice and opinions. Add work tensions and waiting to consummate their love, and Morgan's patience wears thin. In order to show true agape love to their families, to each other, and to their God, they must conquer their selfish and lustful desires with true love, remaining patient, submissive, and pure.
Will they learn to wait on the Lord? Or will they rush into an impure relationship and sully their love with guilt?
Based on the Bible’s definition of true agape love in 1 Corinthians 13, Love is Patient is the third installment of the “Love is…” series, a contemporary Christian Romance continuing Morgan’s saga.
If you like a quick and easy read, with character development and a Biblical approach, then you’ll love Lila Diller’s book. Buy Love is Patient to see if Morgan and Jason conquer annoyance, stress, and lust, as they discover true patience.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Chapter 1: Dreaming
I flipped through the pages of the bridal magazine yet again, from one dog-eared page to the next, dreaming and desiring. I imagined myself in the long, white, heavily embroidered, strapless wedding dress, complete with flowing train and fluffy veil.
I saw myself sauntering down the aisle, two flower girls in front, strewing pink and purple rose petals for my high-heeled pumps to tread, adding two girls behind me to hold my magnificent train.
I glanced again at the price, and that vision broke into a million disappointed pieces.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Thank you, Lilla, for sharing this new book with me and my blog readers.
Readers, here is a link to the book.Love is Patient (Love is... series Book 3)
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