“Writing is my passion and I’ll follow it to the ends of the earth. I’d like to go to a college with a focus on creative writing and then have a long career as an author. There isn’t anything else I love to do as much as this.”
A new member of the Writers’ League of Texas, Lily Sayre lives in Austin.
Scribe: In what genre(s) do you write?
Lily Sayre: I write YA fantasy, intermingled with some romance and horror. I also write poetry.
Scribe: What authors would you like to have coffee with?
LS: The one author I want more than anything to meet is A.G. Howard. She is incredibly inspiring to me. After I read one of her books, I don’t want to read anything else. There’s so much I want to ask her, both as a fan and as another devoted writer. Her greatest skill is, no matter what she is writing about, her words are beautiful. Her sentences are like masterpieces I want to have in a museum somewhere. It would be amazing to receive some pointers from her. However, I do hate coffee (no offense to all the coffee lovers out there).
Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?
LS: I wouldn’t want to be stranded on a deserted island but if I did find myself in such a predicament, I’d want to have one of Cornelia Funke’s incredible creations, namely her jewel Inkheart. Funke writes with a moving clarity that keeps a person grounded. Note that if “sane” had not been in the question, I would have more likely replied Lord of the Flies…
Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?
LS: I haven’t been a member for very long but so far it has been a great experience. The writers are clearly focused, talented and productive authors and I am eager to learn from them all. I know I have a long ways to go and hopefully the League will help some in paving the way for me.
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
LS: Writing is my passion and I’ll follow it to the ends of the earth. I’d like to go to a college with a focus on creative writing and then have a long career as an author. There isn’t anything else I love to do as much as this.
Scribe: Here at the Writers’ League, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one Texas-related book that has come out within the past year that you couldn’t put down?
LS: I know I already mentioned A.G. Howard but she is a Texas-based author (Amarillo) and that is also where she begins her book Splintered, which is a crazy-good read.
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!
LS: I am about to self-publish a book through CreateSpace. The title is How to Cast a Hero. It’s a humorous fantasy romp about characters living in a fairy-tale world, who are “cast” into roles in fairy tales. Our heroine, Ashlene, comes from a long line of witches and evildoers but she gets cast as a princess in a story pitting her against a big baddy called March. As if that’s not bad enough, her Mom is cast as March’s henchman (or henchwoman I guess). The odds are against them but Ashlene and her prince set out to find a way to stop March from getting her fairy-tale ending….okay, thanks for listening to that long-winded spiel. This is the 2nd full length novel I’ve written and I’m pretty excited about it!