Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Perfect Life

This month here on Sweethearts of the West, it was decided instead of talking about other folks, we'd talk a little bit about ourselves. Its hard to imagine authors having lives outside their books, (I'm guilty of seeing them as writing machines too) so a look at where we come from and how we got here should be a refreshing treat for everyone throughout the rest of the month.

I did a post similar to this back in April when I joined the other Sweethearts here on the blog. You can find the post HERE if you'd like to learn about my unusual hobby and see me dressed in the 1800's period clothing I make. 

That first post didn't say I'm a North Carolina native (I'm only a 45 minute drive from Charlotte) or that I have a sister. There's only 12 days being a year between us so, every April, for twelve days, we are exactly the same age.

My first serious crush was at the ripe young age of thirteen and five years later, that same boy asked me to marry him. We'll celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary this coming January. 

I've always had a very active imagination. I loved to pretend I was a writer but it wasn't until I hit my thirties (and I found FanFiction) that the writing bug bit hard and once it did, I was hooked. I penned my first original fiction three years later and was published two years after that. 

It wasn't always easy to write in those early days. My daughter and son were still young, so finding time to write wasn't always easy. I did what I could and as they grew older and needed me less, I found more time to write. Then the grandbabies started showing up!

My daughter has given us three now. Two rowdy boys--Hayden (who is a special needs child), Lucas (a cowboy and indian crazy 5 year old), and our newest, a sweet little girl named Caroline Elizabeth. She arrived two weeks early and was born at a very small 4 pounds. No one knew she'd be so tiny. She spent a week in the NICU and is now four months old…and still only weighing in at twelve pounds. Looks as if she may always be a petite little thing.

My writing time is shared now with those grandbabies but I'm not complaining. If we can't enjoy life as it comes to us, then there's no point in being here.

To celebrate the print release of my Willow Creek novel, His Brother's Wife, I'm holding a Goodreads giveaway. I have five (5) signed copies of the book up for grabs. To enter, just click the button below.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

His Brother's Wife by Lily Graison

His Brother's Wife

by Lily Graison

Giveaway ends October 03, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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About Lily Graison

USA TODAY  bestselling author Lily Graison writes historical western romances and dabbles in contemporary and paranormal romance. First published in 2005, Lily has written over a dozen romance novels that range from sweet to spicy.

She lives in Hickory, North Carolina with her husband, three high-strung Yorkies and more cats than she can count and is mother of two and grandmother of three. On occasion, she can be found at her sewing machine creating 1800’s period clothing or participating in civil war reenactments and area living history events. When not portraying a southern belle, you can find her at a nearby store feeding her obsession for all things resembling office supplies.

To see the dresses Lily has created, visit her Pinterest page.

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  1. That was a very sweet article about your life. I also enjoy the 1800's dress style. Good luck with all you do.

  2. We're neighbors, Lily; I love in Charlotte, NC. My sister, much like yours, is only 13 months older than me. She still thinks she's the boss of me.
    I think it's extraordinary that you married your school sweetheart and managed to stay married all these years. I love the adorable outfit your granddaughter, Caroline, is wearing. She's so cute. I know the family is all over her.
    It was wonderful to learn more about you, Lily. I wish you continued success in all that you do.

  3. LOL That was supposed to be I live in Charlotte--I might love it though.

  4. What a sweet baby girl, Lily. So glad you get to enjoy your grandchildren and still have time for writing. Nice to get to know you better. :)

  5. What a sweet picture of your granddaughter, Lily. Sounds like you have a wonderful family.

  6. Hi Lily, I always love meeting grandkids! And I also love high school sweetheart stories that have HEA's. May God continue His blessings upon you. Xo

  7. Wonderful photos, Lily! Nice to find out more about you. Your granddaughter is adorable.

  8. Lily--what wonderful photos. Everyone knows--I love, love, love photos, especially those from the past. Yours aren't old enough to be "vintage", still they are wonderful.
    Congratulations on your years of blissful marriage. Lucky is the day when we find a man who turns out to be the right one!
    That granddaughter photo is just outstanding.
    Thanks for sharing more about your rich and happy life.

  9. Enjoyed your post and learning more about you, Lily. You were born to be a writer.


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