Sep 06 2011
My guest this week is Lili Tufel. She is the Indie Author of #1 Smashwords Bestseller, SAND, a Romantic Thriller. She is a mom and a civilian who supports military wives. SAND is Lili Tufel’s debut novel.
Hello Lili, thanks for joining me today. Please, tell the cool peeps a bit about yourself.
I live in Miami, FL with my husband and three children. Oh yes, and I can’t forget our lovable Schnauzer-Scottish Terrier mix, Luna.
Dallas is a Special Forces Lieutenant who is driven by his promise to protect the Colonel’s daughter Abby from an opium drug lord. He is torn between duty and his love for her and when he discovers that the drug lord’s charming—murderous son has befriended Abby, there’s no limit to how far he is willing to go to protect her.
A common thread in your novels is kidnapping/hostage rescue. From what I hear, your interest in this subject comes from your place of birth. I’m intrigued. Can you talk about this?
I have always been fascinated or should I say traumatized by it because of where I come from. I was born in Medellin, Colombia and although I grew up in the United States, I heard stories while growing up about people being kidnapped by the Guerillas. In the 80s Medellin was famous for its drug trafficking and for a Guerrilla group called the FARC which kidnapped people for ransom as well as for political reasons. As a child, I heard the firsthand account of a cousin who had been kidnapped and released by the FARC. All of those stories fed my overactive imagination.
You’re releasing a second novel this year. We’re all ears. What’s it about?
Letters from the King – King Johann has been taken hostage in secret. His seal is being forged to incite a war. The king, pressured to write proof-of-life letters to his queen, hides a secret message in the love letters. The queen embarks on a journey to find her husband.
Do you have a third book in the works, or is that a secret?
Yes, I have a third book.
Palms – Famous Piano-Man’s daughter is kidnapped by the Farc, a dangerous group of Guerillas in South America. She quickly finds out that one of her captors — Ex-Navy Seal, Anthony Mangiaracina — is not who he seems.
Are you a meticulous plotter or do you let your story surprise you as you write? Have any of your characters ever thrown you for a loop when you thought you had them all figured out?
SAND is a story of non-stop action. If I’m bored, then I know my readers are bored. If I’m feeling a rush of excitement then I know my readers will have their pulse racing. SAND is full of surprises that surprised me as I wrote them. The shock ending was my favorite, what a rush!
You’re a big supporter of military wives. Can you tell us more about this?
My goal for SAND was to convey the raw emotions felt by many military families so that civilians like me can have a deeper understanding. No one could ever really know unless they’ve lived it. I haven’t lived it so I don’t pretend to know. My support of military wives is mostly through my writing by bringing attention to some of the stresses that they have to deal with. In the end SAND is a product of my imagination but through my writing, and with all my heart, I want to thank the military men and women for their great sacrifice and service to our country.
Social media is terrific, but it can be a great big time vampire, too. Everyone has different thoughts about the use and misuse of it. What are yours?
Social Media is crucial. I use social networking but not just for self-promotion. I care enough to follow people back on Twitter and blogs. I read and comment, and build relationships. Yes, it takes time but it is an important time-investment. Building relationships through social media is not a strategy that I made up. Other successful Indie authors have drawn out the blue prints for success. All I’m doing is following their lead.
The world of publishing is changing so rapidly. It’s hard to keep up. Any thoughts about the ever-evolving landscape? Predictions?
In my opinion, e-publishing is taking a parallel road to the music industry, and it’s about time! In the music industry, you no longer need a large record label behind you to make it. In my opinion, if you want to know the future of e-publishing look at where the music industry is today.
Promotion is one of the most difficult things for writers. Do you have any thoughts on what writers can do to effectively promote their work?
Social media is vital to promotion. If someone has taken the time to follow me on Twitter and read my blog, I make it a point to follow back and read their blog. My advice to writers is to take advantage of social networking – not just for self-promotion, but to build relationships.
What are your favorite books to read?
Growing up, while my sister was reading and loving Anne Rice books, I was reading Leo Buscaglia, Loving Each Other. I’ve always gravitated towards non-fiction, self-help type books.
I’ve been forever called picky, but I maintain that we’re all picky creatures. What are you picky about?
I only drink coca-cola, no ice (don’t want it watered down) and it cannot be flat!
Where can people find you in cyberspace?
Visit my blog
Follow me on Twitter
Click “like” on my Facebook fan page.