Every lover of paranormal on Wattpad would certainly have heard about Juliet Lyons or @JulietLyons who is conquering both Paranormal and Vampire highest ranks. Today, we get to find out a little bit about her world with this interview. I hope she is ready to share her writing tales with us all.
1. You write captivating stories, Juliet. There is simply no question about that. Is there some magical secret to your technique?
Juliet: Thank you. I wouldn’t say magical, but just hard work and staying true to my writing voice. The rest is just practice and reading. Reading really helps.
May: With every person I’ve interviewed so far, reading seems to be the key advice they give out to the readers. That truly may be where the magic lies. *Opens book*
2. I can tell this to everyone out there: I am a major fan of “Dating the Undead” which is a book I simply fell in love with from page one. Can you tell us where the ideas for the story came from and where do you usually find your inspiration?
Juliet: As a vampire novel fan, I wanted to write a vampire romance. I thought it’d be fun to write about a dating service where humans can meet vamps. It went from there really. I write stories I would like to read, so that inspires me. Selfish really, LOL!
May: I would say that’s perfect. Writing a story you wouldn’t read would make you hate it after the first draft or two…or the first few chapters.
3. As a writer of paranormal romance, is there a story that’s close to your heart and never leaves your mind? This can be your own work or that of another author.
Juliet: I still think about “The Silver Kiss” by Annette Curtis Klause. It was the first vampire story I ever read and I love it. Silver is named after the book. I’d love to meet the author one day. I will always hold my first book, “My True Love Ghost”, close to my heart. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
May: I think for me, it remains the “Forbidden Games” trilogy by L.J.Smith and Darren Shan’s books. Their works had a major influence on me as a writer and on my selection of the genres.
4. Thinking outside the box, would you rather date a vampire or a ghost?
Juliet: A vampire. They’re sexy and they have abs. Kissing a ghost is problematic on many levels.
May: I am sitting here imagining a fat vampire and crooked teeth with a cigarette in his mouth, possibly three hairs on his head. *laughs* Sorry, couldn’t resist. But, I do agree. I’d be up for a date with one of your vampires.
5. Can you tell us a little bit about how you plan and develop your characters? Would you happen to have any tips for the readers?
Juliet: Characters are probably my favourite part of the story. I’ve always been fascinated with people. I just throw in bits of what I see and have seen in everyday life. If you don’t try to understand others, I think you’d struggle to get to know a character.
May: When I started writing, I based the main character, Helena, on myself and realised that I can’t do that. She’d be like my creepy twin and it really freaked me out once bad things started to happen in the story. Helena needed to have her own personality, and, over time, she managed to get there. I noticed that the more I developed the character’s backstory and watched their past events in my head, the more they formed into someone with a soul. So, yeah, talk to your character. You can even interrogate them and get to know them better. They got quite a story to tell if you let them.
6. If you had a chance to go anywhere in the world to write, where would that be?
Juliet: I would go to some tropical island and sit in a little hut all day overlooking the sea and write. My only daily contact would be the man who sells coconuts on the beach. He’d be super hot, of course.
May: I would join you there! Let’s say two hot men serving coconuts. We would make coconut bras and dance in hula skirts…
7. I’m sure everyone would be interested in this one. Getting to the top #5 in one genre on Wattpad is difficult, getting to top #5 in two requires much more perseverance and hard work. Can you tell us about your journey up the ranks? Any DOs and DONTs you can think of?
Juliet: “My True Love Ghost” didn’t break the top ten until I was featured. Then, I made number one a whole bunch of times. So, being featured helps for sure. Since then, it’s stayed in the top ten. “Dating The Undead” is not featured, but it has also made the number one spot a couple of times. I think a good blurb helps and an eye catching cover.
May: Hear that everyone? Cover and blurb! Yeah, let’s get those cover designers working overtime. And, since I’m one, I’m going to hide in my cave and pretend the world doesn’t exist.
8. Have you ever struggled with the writer’s enemy #2 – the dreadful writer’s block? If yes, would you happen to have any advice for the readers struggling with it? After all #1 enemy would certainly be procrastination.
Juliet: Some days, the writing doesn’t flow. So, I stop. Often, it means I’m busy or stressed and just not in the zone. There’s no point in forcing it. Sometimes, it’s the case that I’m not going in the right direction with the story. So, if I’m finding one scene hard to write, it may mean a better one is needed. Often though, I think you just need to write through the pain.
May: I’ve come down with the writer’s block a few times in the past two years. I think when I put writing aside during that time, it doesn’t help it. I tend to get lazier and out of tune with the writing regime instead. So, I think that trying to write even a little bit or a different story entirely can do the trick. If it doesn’t work, then yep, you need a vacation.
9. Which of the stories you’ve written to date is your favourite and why?
Juliet: “My True Love Ghost” is probably my favourite. Although, I love “Dating The Undead”, too, MTLG was the first book I ever finished. It’s still the one I get the most messages about. It seems to touch hearts. It’s quite a pure story. One I can show my grandchildren one day. Dating The Undead has too much hanky panky for that. *laughs*
May: I’ve enjoyed every page of the hanky-panky story though. It was a great romance between Logan and Silver and I would urge anyone who hasn’t read the book on Wattpad to check it out in the near future. I have yet to read your ghost romance. It sounds intriguing.
10. Please feel free to share any of the current projects you’re working on. I am sure that people would like to know whether they can expect another great paranormal romance from you.
Juliet: In the New Year, I may have an announcement to make about that. *winks*
May: Oh, I am sure a lot of people will be anticipating the news you’re itching to share. Also, major congratulations on getting 1M reads in both your stories on Wattpad!
This sums up the interview with the lovely Juliet Lyons. She’s a mother, a great writer, and simply an awesome person to know and follow. Don’t forget to check out her works. They’re true page-turners!
For those of you interested, here’s a blurb for “Dating the Undead”:
“Snarky, sexy, and steamy as a sauna.” —KATIE MACALISTER, New York Times bestselling author
There’s more than one way to keep a vampire up all night.
V-Date.com. It’s the vampire dating site. And if you’re a mortal who’s getting a little too close to learning our secrets, I’m the guy who swoops in to make you forget. But don’t worry: I only bite sometimes.
I was great at my job until I met Silver—sarcastic, sexy, spunky Silver. I can’t bring myself to make her forget about our kind. About me. It’s all I can do not to throw her down on the kitchen counter and have my way with her, fangs and all.
She says she’s just looking for a good time, and I’m just the vampire to give it to her—over and over again. I went into this looking for a good tumble, but even I have to admit that things are changing between us. Good god, I want to hold her hand. In public.