Switzerland & London
Good morning, Lily, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Authors. Can you tell us a little about what you have written?
Memoir, Children books, Fiction, Short Stories & Songlyrics
All of them.
I love everything that my mom cooks. :-)
Tea or coffee?
Pizza or ice cream?
Wine or beer?
Where would you like to visit?
I love travelling. My mom and I couldn’t travel for fifteen years. We were like prisoners in the middle of Europe. As war refugees we were not allowed to leave the country. For us traveling is like breathing. We have seen many beautiful countries so far but there are still places we'd like to visit. On top of our list right now are the Scandinavian countries: Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen.
Favorite musical artist. Do you listen to music when you write? What?
This is a very difficult question. I LOVE music and I admire and adore too many artists. But without a doubt Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, George Michael and Whitney Houston are on top of my list. Living artists: Lionel Richie, Adam Lambert, Bruno Mars, Olly Murs, Robbie Williams, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez.
I listen to all kinds of music. From the eighties to the newest charts.
What makes you laugh?
Funny movies, specially Hollywood Classic movies by Billy Wilder and positive, happy and friendly people.
Everything by Salvatore Dali.
How old were you when you started writing?
Late! In my twenties. I was always more into drawing, painting and graphic design. I needed to heal my soul and discovered that writing is the best therapy and self-help.
Oh, sweetie, that is not late. I started to write in earnest after I retired from a thirty-year teaching career.
Describe your perfect evening.
At home with a good movie and delicious homemade food by my mom.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere! Every day in Life is inspiring and educational. We just have to pay attention to it.
What do you do when you get a writer's block?
I never had a writer’s block, probably because I never work on only one book. I always work on different titles at the same time. Also I combine writing with other creative activities. I work on my book illustrations, book covers and my book collections.
Who is your favorite author?
You probably expect me to name a traditional worldwide known Author such as Shakespeare or Hemingway. But no my favourite Author of all time still to this date is the Italian Author Carlo Collodi. He inspired me to write educational stories for young and adult readers about important topics in our society.
Best book you ever read.
My favourite Book despite my age is still “Pinocchio”. Because if everyone would stop lying and pretending the world would be a wonderful and peaceful place. God has given us everything we need to be happy. But sadly humans are ungrateful and too greedy!
Last book you read.
“The Popish Midwife” by the wonderful and talented British Author Annelisa Christensen.
What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?
I would probably work in the film or musical industry and do something behind the scenes. I love the whole production process in both areas. I love organizing and have very good ears for music and the creativity to visualize.
Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
My mom, everything I am and everything I do today is thanks to the devoted love, support and encouragement from my beautiful and talented mom Sima.
If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
God, because I have too many unanswered questions. Actually the name of my next book is “God & Lily – The secret of Life”.
What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
Write from your heart with honesty and love. Be patient and believe in your work, even if you are unsuccessful sales wise. Sales shouldn’t be your motivation but the creative process of writing itself.
What book titles are available to this date?
Destination: Freedom, Definition of Freedom, The Lily Amis Story (2 in ONE), My children’s book series: Angel of Hope & Lily, featuring Monsieur Jac Couture (part 1), Bon Voyage, Monsieur Jac & Lily travel to Europe (part 2), Short Stories: Peanut & Lily, Angel of Love & Lily, Zak my sweet inspiration, Little Lily and my Fiction book America’s Royal Family.
My latest book is “Teddy & Lily – True Friendship is Unconditional Loyalty”. A delightful, little book inspired by my memoir, “Destination: Freedom”. It is a sweet story, about the power of love and the values of friendship. It is also an educational book for both young and adult readers. It describes the joy of freedom, of travel, and the importance of education, as well as how to avoid jealousy and the fear of loss in relationships! This Illustrated book about love, friendship, and loyalty is a wonderful gift for Valentine’s and Friendship Days!
Do you have some links for us to follow you?
My social media contacts are:
Official website: www.LilyAmis.com
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Lily-Amis/e/B00PSLRSS8
Smashwords page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MissLilyAmis
Google +: https://www.amazon.com/Lily-Amis/e/B00PSLRSS8
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/sndesign2011
Thank you for being here with us this morning, Lily. We at Vision and Verse wish you continued success in all your writing endeavors. Come back and see us again!