Sometimes you come across a book that is so delightful, you just want to share… ✌❤
Johnny– Welcome A.M. Gilliam, thank you for taking the time and talking with me today. Is ‘Sweet Serenity’ the first book that you’ve written?
A.M.- No, I actually wrote one book before that, but I wasn’t confident enough to publish it.
Johnny– Really! Please tell us a little bit about it if you don’t mind.
A.M – I was a novel about 2 women, and their journey together. However, when I wrote it, I was very young, 18 years old. and back then, people weren’t as accepting of the LGBTQ community as they are now. Plus, I didn’t know that there was a huge writing community for LGBTQs within the overall community.
Johnny– Any chances that you might revisit that work someday and possibly publish?
Johnny– I’ve got to admit that I was pleasantly surprised when I read your book ‘Sweet Serenity’ the story flowed and was fun to read, then it gets hot! I mean, like, erotica hot, has erotica always been something you wanted to write?
A.M.- Yes, to be honest. I have always been drawn to erotica and felt it was something I wanted to write. Some humans find interest in things like that, and I’m most definitely one of those humans.
Johnny- Personally,I think most people enjoy erotica but on different levels of intensity or descriptiveness, I’ve never really understood the media in this country because everything is so pro-violence and anti-sex (unless it’s violent), as a mother what is your opinion on this subject?
A.M – I’m more of a lover, not a fighter. I do believe that violence is necessary to protect one’s family, but other than that, we should strive to resolve things with little to no violence. And speaking from experience. Violence begets violence. It becomes a cycle of chaos, when people use violence to solve things.
Johnny- How difficult is it for you to write sex scenes that are this hot? How do you keep it so tasteful?
A.M.- I’m not sure honestly. It plays in my head as if I’m watching my characters do the scenes themselves, and It kind of just flows from there. The sex scenes are the easiest part for me, because I try to keep it very natural. If the scenes feel like D budget porno’s, then that’s not a good scene to me.
Johnny- The sex in your book was defiantly tasteful, classy, and clean, yes, using your description “very natural.” Are you open to using a smuttier narrative if the scene was to call for it to sell your character? Or is that just not your style?
A.M – If the scene was about a certain type of sexual person, i.e. a stripper, I’d definitely write a scene that’s more racy then was I usually write. Because the scene would need that to feel real.
Johnny– I have a confession, I had assumed that this was going to be the typical rich guy falling for the average girl type story, (sort of 50 Shades, less the BDSM) however, it took a turn on me, (not wanting to give away for those who haven’t read it yet), did this story line come to you before you started to write, or did you work the story line out as you were writing it?
A.M.- Sweet Serenity was completely impromptu. As I wrote the images came to me about the next scene, and I wrote it. As I kept writing, the story just took on a life of its own. The only thing I planned out regarding this book, was the character descriptions. Other than that, I let my imagination guide me.
Johnny – Is Romance the only genre you plan on writing?
A.M – No. I’m actually venturing out into the paranormal romance right now; with the book I’m currently working on.
Johnny– Do you have a “off limits” topic that you refuse to incorporate in your work?
A.M – No, I think writing is a way for me or anyone else to express themselves.
Johnny- I’m guessing that A.M. Gilliam is a pen name you use when you write, did any of your family read your book? If so, what was their feedback?
A.M – That’s actually my name. Just the initials for my first and middle name. My siblings have read it, and they weren’t shocked by the erotica or anything like that. I’ve always been a naturally sexual person and I guess it just seeped into my writing. However, I told my parents not to read it. It’s just a little too weird for them to read it. Almost like if they caught me having sex, and that’s not appealing to me LOL.
Johnny– That’s funny! Do you think they snuck a peek?
A.M – I’d hope not! But in all seriousness. I’m not as worried about my mother reading it, as much as my father. I’m a daddy’s girl, so imagining him reading my books is a little sickening. LOL
Johnny -How long did it take you to write Sweet Serenity? Do you self-publish?
A.M – I was originally published by Next Century Publishing back in 2017, but they went out of business. Giving me the rights to self-publish my book. As of 2019, I’m self-publishing everything I write.
Johnny– Good for you! Any advice for any Indie Writers who are thinking of self-publishing?
A.M – It’s definitely hard, but once your work is complete, and you hold a copy of it in your hands, your sense of pride is going to overshadow the lack of sleep, the writer’s block, basically everything that you had to face to get to that point. It’s a trying time, but it’s so worth it.
Johnny – Take me through your process of developing your characters, do you visualize anybody in particular when you are doing this?
A.M – yes, it’s usually someone I’ve seen before or even dreamed of that gives me the visuals for my books. For me visualization is important because novels aren’t just words, they’re movies, but on paper.
Johnny – If this was being made into a movie, tell me, who your cast would be?
A.M – I don’t have a preference on cast, as long as the actors fit the role. I feel that I would be more detailed with the music. I’m a lover of music, and I believe that it sets the tone of everything. If you have the right music playing, no matter what event, place, etc. You’ll be just fine.
Johnny– You have a new book that is getting ready to be released, can you give us a quick elevator pitch on what it’s about?
A.M – Yes, the title is called “Redemption” and It’s about second chances, and loving someone with mental illness, and having that love withstand the test of time. My main character Crystal suffers from a mental illness and other health problems that destroyed her relationship with Zane (the beau), 5 years ago. After some time apart, they meet, causing old wounds to open for them both. They face many things creating a journey they’ll have to walk through to get to the place of love, and stability within themselves and together.
You can pre-order now on Amazon and it will be available March 16th, 2020 for purchase on Amazon, and to rent via Kindle Unlimited.
What a delightful and refreshing read this has been. This was my first book by Ms. Gilliam and I think it safe to say that it won’t be my last. Her mind is a beautiful place and her talent is her ability and willingness to share.
This story flows and is very easy to digest, what seems like an innocent little romance tale quickly becomes hot dripping erotica that leaves very little to imagination, as innocent as it begins I was pleasantly surprised by how lusty it became and went on to be a story that satisfies all the way to the end.
What an amazing debut novel, it was refreshing, exhilarating, and very, very HOT!!
A.M. Gilliam is an author that I highly recommend as well as this book, if romance is your thing be prepared to get hot and bothered because the queen has arrived.
I gave Sweet Serenity 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ on both Goodreads and Amazon, if you haven’t read it you should. It will melt your face!!!