Strangely Amazing, Book Two, Lilly + Michael
-Michael was supposed to be a villain in Break Free, but he kept saying to me: “Please don’t make me an asshole.”
-Lilly and Lynn (from Break Free) have the exact same initials. L.E.S: Lilly Ella Shepard. Lynn Eve Scott.
-I wrote the first draft of Strangely Amazing over 4th of July weekend, 2017.
-I did not plan to write the Lilly + Michael story, but my book consultant ended our talks about Break Free with a side comment: I can’t wait to read Michael’s story. I reread the BF manuscript and realized there was a story to tell.
-Lilly is a stoic character but since I write rom com, I had to make her smile-worthy. Her GTA ritual was born from this need.
-Michael as a billionaire… I had to think: How does someone move through their home when they have house staff? The scene where Michael says “I love you” was significant to write because they had to whisper. Whispering created intimacy.
Birthday: January 6, 1986
Sexual interests: biting, spanking, hickeys, pinching
What color evokes strong memories for her: Red. Her mom was wearing a red dress the last time she saw her. *In every scene of the book, Lilly is wearing red.
Favorite quote: follow the science
Her professional influences: (STEM) science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; Harriet Marble (first black pharmacist from Kentucky); Marie M. Daly is best known for being the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry in the United States.
Birthday: August 13, 1983
Education: Beverly Hills High, did not walk (was ill), 3.6 GPA. USC, BS in Business, minor in real estate development. 3.4 GPA
Sexual interests: Kink. Likes a little pain with his sex. No bondage. Loves doggy style.
Diet: Meats, fruits, vegetables, oils, nuts and honey, and excludes grains, white sugar, and most dairy products.
A Day in the Life of Michael: Wakes up at 7. Reads the papers, drinks coffee and then gets dressed for yoga. Yoga. Breakfast. Dress. Conference calls and in-person meetings later in the day. Home. Dinner. Some work. A little TV and reading. Gaming. Bed.