Interview: Lilian Carmine, Author of The Lost Boys

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When I first joined Wattpad in December 2012, one of the first authors I started following was Lilian Carmine.

I was amazed at her huge readership and she really did inspire me to keep going with my own stories and share them with all the awesome Wattpadders out there.

Now, Lilian’s The Lost Boys books are being published by Random House! To celebrate the imminent release of her amazing book {out in Oct!} and help celebrate her dream coming true, I interviewed Lilian about all things Wattpad, writing and what it feels like to be getting published.

1. How did you find out about Wattpad?

I stumbled on a link once that directed me to Wattpad, while I was browsing through the internet, looking for artwork references for an illustration job I was doing.

Books and stories were always (and always will be) an addiction to me, so I couldn’t help myself when I found that little blurb about a fantasy story and a link right below it. I had to check it out.

And then I discovered Wattpad, in all its wonder, filled with incredible authors, amazing stories and to my utmost joy, it was all for free! I was in heaven!

2. How long did it take for your story to become popular within the Wattpad community?

I think it took about six months to a year for things to start rolling.

I think the main point for that to happen was that I kept updating, no matter how many reads and votes I had. I wanted to finish the story, no matter what, because it was there in my head, and all I needed to do was to write it all out. (And unfinished stories usually don’t please readers much.) So finishing my story was an important point to the process of getting it noticeable.

I also always had a lot of support from fans that read and liked my book, (My ‘Lost Boys Army’, as I like to call them) and they kept recommending the link in their profile pages and to their friends, so that helped me spread the word out.

The Wattpad team have been of tremendous support as well, putting my book in their Featured Book List, it helped me advertise the book a lot as well.

But I think the main and most important point for the book popularity is that people seem to like the story. It’s a simple explanation for the popularity, but the best reason nonetheless.

3. What’s your favorite part about the Wattpad community?

The best part for me is the reach. You can write a story there and reach so many readers literally all over the world. What an extraordinary thing it is! To have people writing me what they think about my book from the Philippines, Australia, India, Canada, USA, London, Middle East, South Africa, etc, it’s the most amazing thing!

The second thing I like the most is the feedback and the amazing comments people give me. For me, the comments are the most awesome thing to gather up there! And what amazing comments I have received so far. It is my absolute joy and the best part of my day, to read all the messages from all around the world!

And of course, let’s not forget another very important thing: to be able to share.

To write and read all those fantastic stories and discover so many new books, new adventures and new characters. It’s really great.

4. Do you have a writing ritual? Eg, listening to music, drinking coffee, wearing lucky underwear, etc.

I don’t have a particular ritual, not really. You have listed the two main ingredients that I must have to start writing: coffee and music. That’s all I really need to write. Some peace and quiet are always welcome to join in the fun too! 😉

5. Who are your favourite authors?

My favorite writers at Wattpad are the people I have ‘fanned’ there (I think the term has changed and now is being used ‘following’).

Outside Wattpad, there’s quite a lot of books and authors I love, and I’m bound to forget to list them all (it’s quite a long list), but just to give you a quick browse, there’s Terry Pratchett (all of his work), Michael Ende (Never Ending Story), J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris (True Blood series are wicked!), J.K.Rowling (Potterhead here), all the horror classics, Dracula, Frankestein, etc, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes series), Fernando Pessoa, Shakespeare (Romeo&Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream are my top favorites), Aesop’s Fables, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen’s books, L. Frank Baum (The wizard of Oz), Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), and many, many others.

6. What’s on your Wattpad shelf right now?

My closest Wattpad friend’s books. Which I have promised to finish reading and didn’t have much time to do so, so I’m publicly apologizing in advance, and I solemnly vow that I’ll get to it as soon as I manage some free time here!

The top two books on my ‘To Read’ List at Wattpad at the moment are: ‘Lailah’ by The Styclar Saga, aka the lovely Nikki Kelly and ‘The Non-Believer’ by the awesome Hannah Rose.

7. What advice do you have for new Wattpad writers?

A lot of authors at Wattpad give up or abandon their stories if they are not getting as many recognition as they thought they would, or as they wished for. I always give this advice whenever someone asks me about what to do…

Finish your story.

The gig is not about votes or recognition.

The gig is about writing because you love writing, because you need to tell something you have inside your mind, even if there is no one listening, even if it’s only for you.

I think your love for words and books and stories has to be bigger than your love for votes and popularity. Then, in my opinion, you will be on the right path to become a great writer.

8. How do you handle writer’s block?

I don’t really have writer’s block. *looks smug at all the other writers suffering from it* But seriously, I don’t.

What I have to deal with is lack of time to write, because I have to take care of work first (bills to pay and all that jazz) and write whenever there’s some free time (which is not very much here, to be honest). I usually get to write my books at the end of my work shift.

So, my biggest problem to write has always been time, rather than lack of inspiration. I have dozens of stories bouncing inside my mind, trying to get out, but so little time to actually sit down and write them all.

9. What do you love most about writing fiction?

I think the fact that you can create whole new worlds, you can create so many different stories, different characters and their intrinsic relationships, embark in a million adventures inside your mind, that’s the best part of a writers’ job, regardless of the genre you are into.

There’s no limit to your imagination, and to know that the possibilities for a story are endless, all you have to do is fish one out of your head and write it down. That’s what I love the most about writing. Freedom to create.

10. How did you celebrate the moment you found out The Lost Boys was going to be published?

I think I was in shock for about a week, not quite believing I had really struck a publishing deal, and with Random House UK for that matter. That was the most epic moment of my life for sure.

So the shock endured for some time, while my husband cheered in the background in my behalf and I just occasionally nodded with a baffled expression on my face. It was something I’ve always dreamt of, and suddenly there it was, really happening to me.

After the shock wore off, I went out to celebrate with the hubby, Tristan, Joey, and all the boys as well, in a very hectic dinner party. It was a lot of fun, that night!

11. Where can our readers find your books and when will they be published?

You can find The Lost Boys in all the United Kingdom (the original version in English) and the official release date for Book 1 is October 24th.
 
The Publisher Random House UK also distributes all over the world, so you will be able to order a copy wherever you are!
 
Place your order in online bookstores or put a request for the book in your local bookstore.
 
(see the links below and check the possibility to deliver to your region/country)
 
 
(*At Amazon you may have to wait for the release date in October 24th for the orders to be open).
 
See the countries BD delivers here.
*International orders might take a few weeks to deliver, depending on wherever you are, so you will have to be a little patient.
**There is always the digital copy option, you can order the e-book wherever you are and download the book! 😉
 
The Lost Boys will ALSO be translated and published in Italy, Portugal and Brazil!
 
That’s right, now you can read Joey’s adventures not only in English, but in Italian, Portuguese from Portugal and Portuguese from Brazil as well! 
 
We are immensely happy to see Joey and the boys out there in the world! 
 
The band send you all their love and thank you for all the support <3


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