Talk to Lily Gee

Who is Lily Gee? I’m an unremarkable human (engineer, wife, and mom) with an overactive imagination. It has spilled out into Drawn to Disaster, a metafiction adventure novel for young adults (and old ones who are young at heart, like my grandma). I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it.

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16 thoughts on “Talk to Lily Gee

  1. Lonian says:

    Hey, I’m a reader from Taiwan, and I was wondering how to get your book here (apart from ordering from Amazon, that is).

    • Lily Gee says:

      Welcome, Lonian. Thanks for asking. At this point the only way to get the book is by ordering from Amazon, even for me. They ship globally (I just sent one to my friend in France). If for some reason they won’t send it to you, let me know and we’ll figure something out.
      -Lily

  2. James says:

    Hello Lily! Just doing some browsing of old websites and stumbled upon the fact that you’d written this! I couldn’t help but buy it, and now can’t wait to read!! (Or at least, once I get it shipped over here to Scotland where I’m now working/living!)

    Always,

    James(AKA Israeli Toa)

    • Lily Gee says:

      James, what a wonderful blast from the past! I’m so glad you found me. Yep, I done it.

      I’m planning to stop by our old haunt again soon. People make fun of fan fiction, but it’s a free writing workshop with a pre-fab readership. I couldn’t have written D2D without y’all, and your enthusiastic feedback and support.

      Thanks so much for posting. If Amazon says the book is unavailable, that’s because it’s processing an updated manuscript. I found–gasp!–an omitted word, and I added a detail for the sequel. It will be up again in a couple of hours. The beauty of CreateSpace is complete author control. (Plus, setup is free.)

      Scotland? Cool!

      God bless,
      Lily

  3. Jeffrey says:

    Hi Lily,

    I recently read your bock after getting it off Smashword (After getting a reference off of BZpower.) A question I would like to ask – Since you used to be a writer on BZPower, how much of Drawn to Disaster was actually inspired/influenced by what you wrote, or the Bionicle universe?

    Also, great job on the book! I’ll be sad when it ends. 🙂

    • Lily Gee says:

      Jeffrey, thanks for posting! I’m really excited by the response to the BZPower promotion. Interesting question. You may recognize the premise of the story (the dire villain attempts to romance his wary prisoner) from a series of epicomedies I wrote for BZP. I borrowed several things from the LEGO Bionicle universe: the elemental tribes of Za are segregated by gender, and ordinary villagers are enhanced into heroes whenever hordes of freakish minions overrun their quaint little island. Morgoz was inspired by Makuta Teridax of Bionicle in his destructive nature, his mind-boggling powers, and his dark ambitions.

      In the fanfics I added comedic personality traits to the canon characters, and some of those ‘enhanced’ characters are in D2D. Makuta had a smooth, manipulative side that could sometimes be mistaken for sincerity. But since LEGO created him, and he was clearly going to be the uber bad guy in the storyline, there was never any genuine suspense as to whether he could be redeemed. Now, in my universe, I call the shots, and anything can happen.

      Zarena is the reincarnation of my original character GaliGee, but younger and more naive. Both are foils for their respective captors. The Lupenroz are recycled Rahkshi from my stories–wolves instead of lizards, but the same hyperactive teenage tendencies. The ex-girlfriends are drawn from my interpretations of two LEGO villainesses, again with different animal likenesses. As for the true nature of the universe, it’s kind of the flip side of the way things worked in my fanfics. And BZP itself has an analog in the story.

      The plot of D2D is new, but it does include some sub-plots and jokes from the fanfics.

      Other, non-storyline things about Bionicle inspired me in writing this novel: the creative, encouraging environment of BZP, and the wonderful relationship LEGO maintains with its fans.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the story! Take heart, there will be a sequel.

  4. Britt says:

    I have to say, this is one of the best fictional stories I’ve read (at least, I think it’s fictional). Very good detail, and a great plot. Can’t wait for the sequal! Until then, I’m off to read Makuta Island. Thanks for the great stories!

    Britt
    (Cratak)

    • Lily Gee says:

      Britt, that’s high praise indeed. Thank you! Details are fun to write, and they’re the gateway that initiates the reader into the mind of the characters. As for the plot, I get inspired by TV ads of sleek BMWs negotiating hairpin turns. Yep, I should get cracking on the sequel, eh?

  5. Nick says:

    Heya Lily, hope ya doin’ well!

    I have a problem;

    Much as I’d love to read your book, I can’t decide if I should buy it or use your free code… Only cause I’m sure that it, and all the stories you’ve posted back on BZP, deserve every last cent! Therefore, by using the free code I feel that I’m ‘cheating’ you. Please, help me decide! This’s interfering with the time I could spend poring over your book!

    Best of luck from Australia,

    Nick (AKA Wraith)

    • Lily Gee says:

      Nick, I am well, thanks. (I do remember you!) Hope things are good down under.

      You should definitely use the code, freely and without guilt. Then, if you like the story, you can still help me. Review the book online (Amazon, Smashwords, etc.), or ask your librarian (school, town, whatever) to order it, or buy the paperback. At 400 pages and 1.5 pounds, it’s a hefty thing that would make a nice gift (or doorstop).

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Jonathan King says:

    Lily, I was wondering if you’d ever have an interest in a sequel, or some sort of series for Drawn To Disaster. It’s a great book, I’d even like to see a screenplay or graphic novel for it. Great work, the end made me long for more!

    • Lily Gee says:

      Hi, Jonathan. Thanks for the terrific review on Smashwords! I’m glad you want to see more. As you probably figured from the liberal hints at the end, I am planning a sequel. The working title is Muse to Mayhem. A major theme will be–you guessed it–music. Subscribe to my blog, and you’ll get updates on the progress! As for the short term, right now I’m working on a short video for D2D. I have a friend who has done a lot of work in radio, and he sent me a recording of the narration that’s absolutely brilliant.

  7. Neelh says:

    Can I just HAVE this? I can’t order it, since I’m already getting a wig for a cosplay, but one day…

    • Lily Gee says:

      No problem, Neelh. I’ll email you a coupon code you can use to get a free copy at Smashwords (ebook link in sidebar). But you have to come back and tell me what you think!

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