Quiet spirited and laid-back, Lila says her storytelling inspiration comes from many things and many areas of her life- including but not limited to members of her own family; many of whom she says were great storytellers. Her grandmother Mae and her uncle Leonard were the biggest influence to her wanting to write stories. All of their stories were drawn from memory, an ability Lila wishes she possessed. Her grandmother was the family historian and told her many stories of her ancestors, which led to Lila's to desire to follow in her grandmother's footsteps by researching and tracing her families roots through genealogy research. She says that when she is following her ancestor's lives, through census and other records, it is as if a movie of their life plays out in her imagination- leading to new writing ventures.
Her stories are made up of many different characters- Some people, are drawn to certain characters more than others, and that's understandable. Lila says that, "each of us is an individual. We all have distinctive qualities- both positive and negative ones; so does a character in a story. However, we humans are complex individuals, made up of many different characters; some, we reveal to those around us, some, we choose to hide within the dark recesses of ourselves. We all have those dark places inside us, but many of us are too afraid to let ourselves explore our inner characters... I've learned to dig into the dark recesses of myself, find them, embrace them, and show them to the world; they come out as characters in my stories.
Every character in my novels, novellas, and short stories is a reflection of who I am as a person. Each individual character, the way they think, feel, talk, and breathe, is a piece of who I am as a whole; I own each characters strength, weakness, and imperfections because they are my strengths, weaknesses, and imperfections. And, you better watch out, many people I knew growing up have become major characters in many of my stories, which although are not all 'true', each character has traits, mannerisms, and flaws associated with actual people I know or knew growing up."
Lila is currently working on the next installment of her Joshua Stokes Mysteries as well as several historical fantasies.
A self-proclaimed introvert and recluse, Lila says that she enjoys the solitude of writing. She also warns that all of her stories should come with at least an 'R' rating and oftentimes an 'X' rating. She encourages reviews.