Today my good friend Lillian Mackenzie Rhine, author of Memoirs of a Succubus, stops by the Via Linden Lounge!
First let’s start with you. What makes Lillian tick?
The main thing that makes me tick is dissecting people. I call it ‘pulling out my magnifying glass’. I tend to lurk in chat rooms talking to random people collecting data as I go along. I also love to get inspired by music and music videos. Musicians do the same as writers by painting pictures with their words and music.
So where did you get the artistic inspiration to write your first book?
Other writers and creative minds inspired me to write my first book. Since my first book, Memoirs of a Succubus, was based on my past excursions with lovers, I never had a problem divulging every juicy sorted detail. My life is an open book so why not package it all nice and pretty with a beautiful cover, shipping it all over the world.
How would you describe your writing style?
I do not have a specific writing style for the most part. I do tend to use a thesaurus and dictionary a lot. I also prefer not to use vulgar words to describe body parts that can be referred to in a more proper manner for a better lack of words.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I am a big fan of classical material mainly children’s literature and shakespeare (which I have a problem interpreting but I love to read it). L Frank Baum is one of my most beloved authors due to his whimsical descriptions and wording of his passages; his works always bring a smile to my face.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is reality shows. For some reason big, loud-mouth, crazy women tend to end up in my stories. I think two of my favorite characters come from a reality show called Married to Medicine. I definitely have some characters that got their “spice” from Moriah and Quad.
Lol! Reality TV seems to be a fave with authors. What kind of book do you read in your spare time?
I read all types of books in my spare time. I just finished By Chance by Cat Grant and it was amazing. It was my first M/M literature and I loved every bit of it. I am very interested in reading some steampunk pieces and who knows I might write a steampunk novel one day.
Steampunk… interesting! Tell me something that others would be surprised to know about you.
The art of writing gives me an array of emotions. For the most part I am nervous as hell during the actual writing of the piece since I am a ‘baby writer’. I get irritated when I cannot research effectively. I get sad when it’s time to release the book because it’s like setting your baby bird free. I get aroused writing my own love scenes (…chuckle). It’s just a bag of moods in this writing game.
Awww! Does writing run in your family?
Actually to not have grown up with a pen in my hand, my mother has been writing a biography of her life as a little girl growing up on a plantation in Mississippi post slavery. My sister is also writing something but I believe she does not want to publish it.
Here’s an excerpt of Lillian’s recently released first novel Memoirs of a Succubus:
Sex – the carnal desire shared between two or more beings resulting in the most powerful of energy surges exhibited by man, animal and beast. Even promiscuity can be seen as normal in today’s world of “hooking up”. Natalya Hart has certainly experienced all the joys that an enormous sexual appetite can provide. Picking up men and making them submit to her has become a sport – an art. However, an unfortunate combination of events take place that cause her to evaluate her present, her past and finally her future. Is she really a young woman having fun living in the hedonistic now, or, is there something else burning in her soul, itching to come out?
After showering and dressing in a plain white tee and jeans, minus boxers as he knew she would request, he headed to Natalya’s townhouse arriving with 5 minutes to spare. Finding the door ajar to Natalya’s lavish three-bedroom, four-bath, split-level residence, he stepped into the darkness of her domain with caution. At this point in their acquaintance, he knew that the object that he was seeking would appear in the only room with a candle showing a single violet flame. Curious as to where she purchased candles, he asked her a few months back but with annoyance she informed him that the candles were found in the basement of her home when she moved in.As he stalked through the foyer, he could smell the familiar scent of lavender and vanilla permeating the air on the lower level, alerting him to the fact that his prize was soon to appear. Walking past the sitting room with urgency, he took a fleeting moment to admire the upscale decor of her domain. With soft, rich chocolate leather furnishings set in contrast with the icy, chill of the iron metal tables, coupled with the nude paintings of women, the entire room looked like a decadent box of chocolates.Soon he started pacing down the hallway leading to the kitchen, when he halted with abruptness. The downstairs bathroom had a shimmering glow of plum light escaping through the door frame. He closed his eyes inhaling the delicate scent of vanilla and chamomile.Mmmmm. She always smells good enough to eat.His mouth watered from the memories of her.Before he took the step of no return, that he became accustom to for the past few months, he took a deep breath, shook his head, turning the knob with a costive hesitation. “Here we go again.”
Lets talk about Memoirs of a Succubus. What were the challenges in bringing this story to life?
In Memoirs of a Succubus there was not much research needed. It was based off of my past experiences so I had all the information. When I did the “Therapist” chapter, I used some psychology terminology that I learned in a lifespan and development course I was taking at the time.
You have to talk about how you came up with the title.
One of my favorite anime characters is a succubus so I have been familiar this with that term for a while. I saw myself as a maneater when I was younger so why not Memoirs of a Succubus I thought.
Hmmmm. (Waggles brows) Are these experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The experiences are based on my life and past. Even the names of the chapters refer to my past lovers as well. In the past and now, I felt that if the person was not going to be around for a reason and only a season, I did not need to learn their names. I have occurrences today where I am faced with a past lover and for the life of me I cannot remember them or their name. Shameful but funny.
Share with us a quote from one of your favorite characters
“It’s okay, I picked you up from the bar and I do that all the time.”
I can say that was one of many quotes, it was hard to choose. Nahema said this to a man she picked up from a bar. It makes me laugh because that was cut straight from my tongue when I was at that stage in my life. I found myself being the aggressor which was not typical for a female. My aggression would make a lot of men nervous and it still does to this day. So hilarious to me.
Without giving anything away, what is your favorite scene(s) in ‘your book’?
One of my favorite scenes was the banter shared between Natalya and her neighbor. I also loved the final scene as well (…and that’s all I am saying for that…no spoilers).
Why should people read your book?
If you love a good personal struggle read dealing with love and dysfunctional behaviors then Memoirs of a Succubus is the novella for you. The second of the series will be full paranormal/fantasy but this introductory piece is mainly urban.
I can’t wait for this sequel! What’s up next for you?
My current project is a vampire romance titled, William’s Winter, set in St. Thomas, VI. I am so in love with this piece. It is full of passion, heat, danger, and island fun.
I am also writing a love-triangle piece about a female executive, her female secretary, and an ex-husband.
My last piece is an adult humor blog series about a man who is looking for love in all the right places but with all the wrong tools.
Thank you so much for stopping by Lillian! I look forward to your future projects!
You can learn more about Lillian at the following links:
Buy here: http://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-of-a-Succubus-ebook/dp/B00DF4S1YK