Lily’s author bio and photo

Lily Black believes in true love, but is also quite sure going after it is the scariest thing we’ll ever do!  She explores this dynamic in her romantic suspense novels, which are set in the small imaginary town of Willowdale, where people dream big, love deeply, and kick butt if necessary.  She has a black belt in Chung Do Kwan Tai Kwon Do, and has also trained in everything from judo to broadswords.  She teaches the occasional women’s self-defense class, and you can find her Seven Life Hacks for Self-Defense (plus one you’ll never use) here. She lives in North […]

Why I would ever write about that? (yes, my answer to the stalker question)

There’s a question hovering in readers’ eyes when I tell them about my book. Once in awhile they’re brave enough to ask what they’re wondering: Why would I write about a stalker? Is it therapy, for my own nightmare? Well, let me tell you a little story. It’s an ongoing one, actually, and the latest episode happened this past week. On that particular morning, I was playing with some book photography while I listened to an elderly friend, who needed to chat. I can’t sit still for phone calls, so grabbed dried roses, river pebbles, and my book, to see what […]

Are you happy with your luck in life?

Picture a smokey bar, and a guy holding a gun. He points it at you, and asks in a gravelly voice, “Are you feelin’ lucky?” The world seems fascinated by luck–and I’m no different! When I was a kid I was drawn to good luck charms of every variety, and spent hours searching for four-leaf clovers. Now I settle for lucky cookies. I find the science behind good and bad luck super intriguing. Here’s an article which discusses what goes into good or back luck–and it can be nudged by our choices and perspective, much more than a purple rabbit’s foot. However, […]

Happy first of March! Do you have spring fever yet?

I feel so grateful that I live somewhere spring comes early, because for me March should be filled with flowers and energy and renewal! When I was in college, spring fever meant dying my hair or going on a crazy overnight road trip. Now it leaves me twitching to make travel plans and get outside. Or at least read outdoors! Our spring will probably include a kayaking exploration of a new-to-us island, and later in the year I know we’ll spend a week at the beach. But I’m drooling over travel that’s a little further from home. A tour of […]

Two ways to win and survive doing it

Are you all tired of me thanking you yet? I hope not, because the gratitude I feel as the positive reviews for Storm of Attraction roll in hasn’t dimmed in the least! I have the best friends and fans of any author anywhere, and I’m so grateful that my book baby has gotten the reception it has! As a demonstration of that I have a couple giveaways to share with you! The link for the Luck O’ The Reader giveaway is here. It has a grand prize of $100 plus oodles of lovely books and other chances to win gift […]

A sweet thank you treat, for all my fans and #teamLilyBlack!

I am so thrilled to finally be able to share with all of you the small surprise I’ve been preparing! Fans of Brenda Novak will recognize these lemon bars– –because I entered them into her recipe contest, for the holiday giveaway she was doing. And that’s actually how the bars got their name! You see, these lemon bars started out rather humbly, a favorite quick and easy treat in a house full of boys, when my husband was growing up. Later it became a favorite treat for me to share at book clubs and writing groups, but it wasn’t until it […]

What are the songs your heart sings?

Me, I’ve got both Les Miserable’s “One Day More” running through my head, and also the pop song with the chorus ‘tonight’s gonna be a good, good night’ stuck in there. Personally, I much prefer One Day More, but I’m excited that tonight after midnight my book will start popping up on people’s kindles as the first new hour of Feb 13th sweeps across the nation. An author’s dream come true, for sure! It’s been a fun countdown, and I’m in love with my chocolate numbers. Three… Two… One… And my Go will head out into the twitter and facebook […]

What does your wish list romantic date look like?

One of the cooler things about being an author is playing with your characters’ lives…and living through them. When Pat Esden asked me–in an interview here–what my characters would do for a romantic date, my thoughts jumped straight to Italy.   I’ve always wanted to go, myself, and it’s where my hero’s roots are, since his Grandfather was Italian. Add in Alexa, my heroine, and her love of books and libraries and I had the makings for a very cool date that could take in the Angelica library–   –some sightseeing while strolling a nearby plaza– –and of course, finishing […]

Have You Heard of Mystery Thriller Week?

If you haven’t, you might want to check it out here. It will run from Feb. 12th through the 22nd and the organizers have managed to mobilize dozens of best selling and award winning authors across the thriller, mystery, and romantic suspense genres, pulling together a plethora of reviews, author interviews, and guest posts. I’m particularly thrilled since the organizers had the excellent foresight to make the mystery-thriller shenanigans coincide with my book release–even though they’d never heard of me–and I’m using the guest posts, interviews, and so on as a kind of blog tour release celebration for Storm of […]

Serendipity, aka when life gives you a little extra love

This February 15th my sweet forever-love and I will celebrate 21 years of marriage. And two days before–so the dates perfectly sandwich Valentine’s Day–my first romantic suspense will come out. I just…I hardly know how to process how perfect that is. My characters are flawed, sometimes deeply so, but they don’t have anything on the work I had before me on entering marriage. I was terrified, to be honest, and only willing to go forward because I truly loved my husband and believed deeply that my life and his would be better if we did it together. I’m so grateful […]

Guest posting: another authorial first for me!

Today my first ever guest post as an author went up on Just Romantic Suspense! It’s a look at what kind of motivation works, and I put a couple sticky questions to the hero and heroine of Storm of Attraction, to see what motivates them. Find that here! Me, I’m working on the companion novel today, so in other words, sitting before a beautiful blazing fire while I plot murder and mayhem and lasting love. 😀 I hope you have a beautiful Friday, and a wonderful weekend!