Lila Mack is like most 20 year old’s struggling to find her real career passion in life. Except her life takes an unexpected turn when her estranged mother returns and informs her that the father in fact kidnapped her. Lila’s world begins to unravel as she tries to find out the truth about her past which is even more difficult as Lila’s father begins to struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. However, Lila Muck must find out The Truth About Delilah Blue if she is ever to find herself. Tish Cohen is wonderfully creative author and here for an exclusive interview on The Write Stuff!
1) How long did it take you to publish your first novel?
It took about three years to publish my first novel. I’d already written three—two that were agented and shopped around, and one that I wrote and dropped. I did up a query letter and approached agents one by one. Thankfully, one finally took me on. But the book he signed me for didn’t sell, so my agent worked a full year and a half before a book sold.
2) You wanted to write a book since you were a little girl. Like many writers out there who are hesitant, what do you think held you back?
I didn’t feel I was special enough.
3) What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Develop your voice by reading everything you can get your hands on—even cereal boxes. Run dialogue in your head. Think about dialogue you hear—what do you love and what would you change.
4) What surprised you about the publishing industry when you became published?
That selling a book is just the beginning.
5) What makes it all worth it as an author?
Meeting readers and other authors. Not much tops that.
6) When you’re writing, what must you have next to you?
Chocolate and water.
7) What do you when you’re not writing?
I run, do yoga, and watch films.
8 ) You worked as an editor. How did that aide in your writing ability?
Working as an editor made me fall in love with playing with words.
9) Tell me about your latest book, The Truth About Delilah Blue:
The Truth About Delilah Blue is about a twenty-year-old art model who discovers everything she’d been told about her life is a lie.
10) Where did you get the idea for it?
I got the idea from an afternoon spent at my cousin’s place in the Hollywood Hills. I fell in love with the rustic house and wild, hideaway property and knew I had to set a story there.
11) What are a few of your favorite things?
I am obsessed with jeans, the more distressed the better. That goes for wooden furniture and leather as well. I love to ride horses and read.
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