Next up on our AAD Author Spotlight feature we have Tilly Greene! It has been a true pleasure getting to know her better, and discovering her books. We sure can’t wait to see her in New Orleans this year!
What is the first book you remember reading and loving as a child?
The first book I remembering reading on my own and truly enjoying was The Best Loved Doll by Rebecca Caudill. Oh man, it was and still is a treasured memory of a book. Not too long ago I went looking for it on the used market and found it had been reprinted. Yup, I immediately bought a copy. I enjoy sitting back and rereading it. At the time I didn’t really pay attention to it, but there’s a lesson in this story and one that stuck with me forever: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Love it!
What is your first memory of realizing you were passionate about writing?
It started when I lived abroad and the bookstores offered romances that just weren’t my thing. One day I discovered a book importer and started buying by the bulk books from my favorite authors. I didn’t care they weren’t new releases because they were good reads that I couldn’t find anywhere else. Once I had a steady supply of reading material, I was at ease and my imagination started working. However, it all still didn’t gel. I would get the background research done, start writing and then something would come up and I’d drop it. It wasn’t until I was laid up on the couch with a broken wrist and searching the internet for something to read when the need to write walloped me over the head and I haven’t stopped letting my imagination run free since then.
When you need to find inspiration in music, what do you turn to?
It actually depends what I’m working on as to what music feeds me, but generally, Putumayo World Music – a multicultural record label – has something to get my creative juices flowing. Think of music anthologies based around a country, type of music or themes like coffee. They put together CD’s using local musicians who best represent the sound they’re trying to package. Beyond that, they give back to the communities of which they’re representing. Yeah, I enjoy their compilations so much, I bought the New Orleans CD for the basket I put together for the charity raffle at last year’s Authors After Dark: Philadelphia – I wanted the winner to be prepped and feeling to groove for this year!
Do you have a guilty pleasure on TV, and if so, what is it?
HA! Do I ever! I’m not a cook by any stretch of the imagination and don’t pretend to know how or want to know
how, but I watch Top Chef and Top Chef: Just Desserts religiously! The competition aspect doesn’t draw me as much as the unique challenges the producers come up with and I am always surprised that the chefs always know how to handle them. What they do is so far out of my realm of understanding, but I’m fascinated.
What is the first thing you plan on doing upon arriving to NOLA for AAD?
After checking in with the registration table and getting my name tag? Take a walk down Bourbon Street, hang a right onto St Peter’s Street and then a left onto Decatur Street until I’m at the Café du Monde. All in all it will be about a ten minute walk and then I’m sitting down to try my first ever beignet. I don’t care what time of day it is or how hot it may be, I’ve heard and read about beignets and I want to try them. Next there’s a bar called The Cajun Boy that had a orphaned or weakened kitty show up after Katrina, they gave it a bowl of cream and it hasn’t left since – I’d like to meet that kitty. After that, I’d like to meander around and soak in the southern charm that is unique to this city – I’m so excited for August and AAD to arrive!
Tilly Greene was born into the easy folds of a sleepy beach town and embraces the laid back mindset she grew up with. Later, she settled into a polar opposite lifestyle from the one she’d been living by moving abroad to further her education. Despite the frigid climate, the fast pace existence melded in, making her a person who is adaptable and enjoys experiencing the diversity surrounding her.
While traveling around the world with her husband, she researches and writes erotica and erotic romance novels in a variety of genres, sub-genres and themes. Every day she looks forward to writing about women who are independent and confident, the men who love them, and their twisting passionate path to each other.
GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Tilly has generously given up a copy of her Missing in Paradise to one of our lucky readers! To enter, please comment and let us know what your favorite summer activity is!
Missing in Paradise
When the love of Mike’s life breaks up with him abruptly, he doesn’t know where to turn. Mary is an emotional mess who reacts without thinking, and immediately regrets her decision. Making things right with Mike isn’t easy. It requires privacy to rebuild their love and share their lust. Neither expects their getaway to become a major news story.
The tattooed, retired surfer and daytime TV star are opposites, yet perfect for each other. But paradise isn’t easy on them. Their bond will need to stand up to the strain of a public relations nightmare if they have any hope of making it work.