Interview: Lila Munro

Jen: Today we are happy to have Lila Munro stop by Romancing the Book during her book tour.  Lila, will you please share a short bio with us?

Lila: Lila Munro pens contemporary erotic romance and currently resides on the coast of North Carolina. She is a military wife and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she’s lived around for the past fifteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her works include The Executive Officer’s Wife, Bound By Trust, Destiny’s Fire, A Slower Lower Love, A Slower Lower Life, Salvation, Force Recon: Beacon Bayou, Force Recon: Somalia, True Identity and Identity Crisis. Currently she’s working on sequels to several series to be released throughout 2011-2012. She’s a member in good standing with the RWA and Passionate Ink. Ms. Munro is also the Vice President of Business Affairs at Rebel Ink Press.

Jen: Tell us about Three for Keeps.
Lila: My latest book debuted November 17 from Rebel Ink Press, Three for Keeps. It’s an erotic contemporary romance encompassing ménage and BDSM. It’s a story about a woman named Zoey who is a product of the social services system and the three men she’s known from childhood, whom she’s in love with. They have quite the struggle to find harmony.

Jen: How does your family feel about your career?

Lila: You know, it’s strange. I hear writers of our sort telling horror stories all the time about how they get accused of writing porn or worse and people shun them at every turn. I’ve never experienced this from a family member, friend or anyone I’ve met and told what I do. I have complete support, and my husband is my biggest fan.

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Lila: Real, dramatic, heartfelt.

Jen: What are your biggest motivations to write? What keeps you going?

Lila: I write because I can’t not write. My motivations vary from needing to tell a story to clarify a misperceived notion, to I just plain adore research. I also have a degree in Sociology so sub-cultures absolutely fascinate me and I love finding out what makes people that live them tick.

Jen: How much influence does the editor have over the story or characters?

Lila: I’m one of those people that firmly believes an editor is my best friend. I take her advice and weigh it carefully. So far I’ve not had an editor want me to make major changes to either a story line or characters, but if she did I’d take it under advisement and take a good hard look to see if maybe she was on to something.

Jen: Do you become attached to your characters and have a hard time letting them go, or are you happy that their story is told and you can move on?

Lila: Oh gosh yes I get attached. Each time I let them go it’s a sad day. I’ve described it before as being akin to sending your youngest off to kindergarten. I’m happy they are out there, but sad to see them go.

Jen: What five authors or people, past or present, have been important to your writing? What question or comment have you always wanted to say to them?

Lila: My husband—thank you for believing in me. Cherise Sinclair, Maya Banks, Tymber Dalton, Loralei James and Kitty Thomas…sorry guess that was six. And I’d really like to ask Kitty Thomas if delving so deep into the dark psychology of BDSM relationships is exhausting?

Jen: Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?

Lila: I don’t have any special thing I must do every single time. The first couple of times, my husband took me out to dinner, but now it’s become more common place and although we still hop around the room dancing, it’s usually a quieter occasion now.

Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?

Lila: One reviewer said my characters were so deep it would take reading several times to “plumb their depths.” Cool!

Jen: What’s next for you?

Lila: I’m working on wrapping up the Slower Lower series and the Identity series, and in 2012 I have a new military series coming out, The Sergeants of Echo Co.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Lila: http://realmanticmoments.blogspot.com or on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000962603050

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Lila: Actually I would like to thank them for coming out today. Their support means a lot and without readers I wouldn’t have a job.

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