Today I’m delighted to have an amazing young author, Lillian Darnell with us on Meet the Author. Seventeen year old Lillian talks to us about her life, what inspired her to start writing and the amazing fundraising she does….this young lady is an inspiration.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am 17 years old. I have 18p- which is a chromosome difference that only affects 1 in every 56, 000 people. I graduated high school on June 1, 2019 and have received a one year scholarship to Skillshare.com. I can’t wait to share more art and writings with everyone.
I live in beautiful Reno, Nevada USA with my mom and 13 year old brother, Thomas. My mom and I have a monthly date day that has been ongoing since I was about 2 or 3 years old. We also have a family movie night once per week. We don’t have a television (and haven’t since 2008) so we use a portable DVD player connected to a projector and watch the movies theater style on the living room wall.
Every summer we attend The Chromosome 18 Family Conference as it has to do with my chromosome deletion. My current work in progress is writing custom poems to fundraise to help pay for attending the conference near the end of July.
What inspired you to start writing?
I got inspired by nature, my life, and my family to start writing.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
Some of the names of my characters are inspired by people I know. While other names took a little bit of research. And a few names just come out randomly.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
I would have to say Britney from the story Princess Beauty because she is like a story-like version of me and she seems to love adventure and traveling in the story.
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
My favorite author is L.M. Montgomery or Kiki Thorpe. My favorite book of Kiki’s books is Wedding Wings which is part of a series called The Never Girls. My favorite book of L.M.’s books is Anne of Green Gables.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
One of the first things I can remember writing was a very short story called Fairy Ted which is on my blog and in my book.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I am currently a library volunteer at my local library.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go?(Backwards or forwards!)
I would go to Florida in 2030 if I had a time machine and went forwards but if I went backwards, I’d go to Hawaii back in 1905.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would talk to Emily Dickinson or Robert Frost to find out what life was like back then or talk to my paternal great, great, great grandfather who was part of the Chickasaw Indian Tribe many years ago.
What are your favourite things to do?
I like to read, draw, paint, write, track weather and enjoy being in nature.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
The strangest thing that has happened so far to me is having a graduation ‘party’ at a local Barnes & Noble’s book signing on June 1st, 2019. Before that, going up and down stairs in San Antonio at the 2016 Chromosome 18 Conference was the strangest thing I had ever imagined. I had always had a fear of stairs and chose the time leading up to the 2016 conference as the time to face this fear.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Expect book interviews when you are a certain age and be creative.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
I think everyone should read Fairytale Matchmaker by E.D. Baker if they want to read it. Her books are so good; it will leave you wanting to read more of her books.
Tell us about your book:
Welcome to the radiant imagination of Lillian Darnell, a wonderful and unique human being, the kind who comes around only once in every 56,000 births, as she is missing the short arm of her 18th chromosome.
Leave this reality behind and enter enchanted lands awash in mysteries, happy endings, adventures, and inspiration. Come within and discover heartwarming and beautiful tales, woven with love and magic, brought forth from the imagination of a young woman with a different perspective. Lose yourself in wondrous adventures as you follow courageous, enchanting characters, kind animals and plant life, and graceful Mother Nature.
The delightful tales, legends, and poems within these pages were written by Lillian Darnell between the ages of four and fifteen. The stories and poems are mostly edited for spelling and grammar, yet the bulk of the stories remain as she originally wrote and published them to include a few grammatical errors and made up words.
Will a girls dream of becoming a princess come true?
How can sad, mischievous, fearful animals help humans feel emotions?
How did the world come to have color?
Watch the book trailer here
Learn more about Chromosome 18 differences: https://www.chromosome18.org/
Thank you so much Lillian for your lovely interview. You are indeed an inspiration! I’m delighted that I’ll be reading and reviewing your book soon – so keep an eye out everyone! I expect it will be FAB!
If you have any comments/questions for Lillian, either comment below or contact her directly through the links above.
Enjoy your Saturday!