Missing Lily “You don’t know who I am,” I whispered. He didn’t move—either away from me, or closer—and after an interminable moment, I stepped back and hurried out of the house. He didn’t follow me as I fled into the night. Lylin was not used to being alone—much less alone, hurt, and lost. So when she is separated from her guard and forced to abandon her horse, she counts herself lucky to stumble upon a manor house. Still frightened by those who chased her into the night, she keeps her identity a secret, calling herself Lily as she accepts the help of kind servants, and the compassion of Lord Fallon. When they fall into an easy friendship, she wonders if her secrecy was too hasty. However, as she gets to know the manor and its residents, Lylin discovers that she’s not the only one hiding secrets, and it may be a very good thing that her host doesn’t know her true identity as a member of the royal family.
Author Annette K. Larsen I was born in Utah, part of a crazy, fun family of nine. I grew up in Flagstaff, AZ and St. Louis, MO before striking out on my own college adventure in Virginia. I decided to try my hand at writing novels after I was married and living in Idaho. I write clean romance because it’s my favorite genre, but often difficult to find.I have Charlotte Brontë to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally, a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to face the reality of sacrificing what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but in the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it. I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.
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1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Lylin’s character is taken from my first book. I wanted to stay in the world I had created in Just Ella, and I had always liked Lylin. I can’t say that about all of Ella’s sisters, so I started thinking about Lylin’s personality more. Once I got a distinct picture in my head for the first scene of the book, the rest of the story unfolded from there.
2. Who is your favorite character in the book?
I love writing Tobias. He’s distinct and complicated, so he was my favorite character to write. However, Rhys is the character whose personality I fell in love with.
3. Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel. I came up with a title that I loved when I was about half way finished, but I had to discard that title. There was another book with the same title that was, shall we say, inappropriate. I’d rather not have scandalous things pop up when people search for my book. I’m glad because I like Missing Lily as a title even more, and I think that it goes nicely with Just Ella.
4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
The library scene. I don’t want to give anything away, so suffice it to say that the emotion, as well as the characterization that ended up in that scene make me smile every time.
5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
Don’t get too attached to your first idea (for a character, scene, plot line). It might be the best one, but there will usually be a better one that comes along if you give it a chance.
6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?
It’s unique and truly represents my story. I was so relieved when I was able to make my vision come to life, using my amazing model who had the perfect hair.
7. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2014?
Sarah M. Eden’s book, previously titled For Elise (no official new title yet), tentatively scheduled for September. I love Sarah’s books.
8. What was your favorite book in 2013?
Blackmoore, by Julianne Donaldson.
9. What’s up next for you?
I’m not sure. I have three different story ideas that I could pursue. I need to decide which one I’m ready to tell.
10. Is there anything that you would like to add?
I truly hope that readers enjoy Missing Lily. It was a joy and an adventure to write.
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