It is sometimes my great honor to get to read books by up-and-coming authors before they hit the shelves. And it was certainly an honor and a great pleasure to read From Air to Eternity by the wonderful Lilia Birney. It’s part of the Summer Loving Series (look for more titles later this summer!) – a series of novellas by different authors, all having to do with summer romances. But I’ll tell you more about the book later…first, I’ve asked Lilia to answer a few questions so we can all get to know her better…
1) What was the most interesting trip you have ever taken? Why?
I lived on the eastern coast of North Carolina for two years, in a little town called Bayboro. My experiences there gave me the fodder–and the backdrop–for my first novella, “From Air to Eternity.”
2) What is your favorite breakfast food?
Flaxseed granola with nonfat yogurt. Boring, I know. I used to be able to get away with eating a chili cheese omelet and donuts, but no more.
3) If you had a million dollars how would you spend it?
I’m a follower of Dave Ramsey so I would pay off all my remaining debts first. Then I would make sure I could retire well, and pay for my daughter’s college. Then I’d buy a cottage in Bayboro and go back there to write for a few months every year. I’d have my own plane at my beck and call–why not?
4) Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what’s currently in your playlist?
I usually can’t listen to music and write at the same time. I have to have silence, I’m afraid. If I need to get pumped up for a scene I might listen to songs on my ipod, but then the ipod goes back in the drawer and I set down to write.
5) If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be?
Well, I always loved Scarlett O’Hara and went through a phase as a teenager where I tried to look like Vivien Leigh. I grew my hair long, tried to do my makeup like hers, the whole bit. I think now I might change and want to be more like Ellen O’Hara, her mother, who was a bit more mature.
6) If you were a can of soup, what variety would you be?
Tomato. Who wouldn’t love a nice basil and tomato soup with grilled cheese?
7) What did you want to be when you were 12 years old?
I wanted to be a fashion designer more than anything in the world. I made clothes for my Barbie dolls that were very, well, sculptural in nature because I couldn’t sew. I sketched and I even made my own logo. I tried making a shirt for my little sister once, but she refused to wear it in public. That was the end of my fashion career.
About From Air to Eternity…
Katrin O’Connor ekes out a lonely existence in the beachfront village of Beaufort, North Carolina, after her husband’s death in a helicopter crash five years ago. Determined to stay grounded and avoid further heartache, Katrin has stayed out of the dating scene–until Mike Williams breezes into her life during one fateful summer day.
Mike Williams makes a living as a flight instructor, going from military base to military base. But the bachelor life loses its appeal the moment he meets Katrin O’Connor. Determined to win her over despite her aloofness and her fears, Mike finds he may have to choose between two passions–his love for flying and his love for Katrin.
Will Katrin relinquish her fears and fly once more? Will Mike have to give up one passion to satisfy another?