I wanted to do a post introducing you to the heroine of book 2 in my Seed Savers series: Lily.
Interview with Lily, from the Seed Savers series
Tell us about your family.
My family (laughs). That’s a good one. Well, as you know, there’s Ma. She’s quiet, hmm, I guess very upright, honest, you know. I never felt like we were extremely close. It’s kind of like we’re from different cultures. She still reads Japanese magazines.
What about your dad?
I never even knew my dad was alive until just recently—weird, huh? But already I feel like I have more of a connection. Dad was a great leader in the Seed Savers movement. He authored an underground newspaper called the Keeper. I can’t say too much more than that right now …
Brothers or sisters?
What would we find under your bed?
Ha! A box full of journals and diaries. Boring stuff, let me tell ya. And before I left home I also had some seeds under there. I know, not the most brilliant place to hide illegal substances, but where else did I have? I suppose there’s also other random junk but it’s not too bad. I’m a pretty neat person. Clare’s room, on the other hand, was always out of control, even when Dante got his own space.
Do you play any sports?
Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extrovert? Why?
Oh wow. Um, my close friends know I’m not really an introvert, but other friends, less close that is, probably assume I’m an introvert because I’m alone a lot. But I’m not, not really. Truthfully, I’m somewhere in the middle.
Is there a piece of advice you’ve received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
Oh, excellent question. Just recently Ana (the older lady who was teaching Clare and me) told me not to quit writing even though my mom was always on my case about it. She said, “Lily, don’t ever stop writing. Because writing is an act of reflecting and the function of reflectors, after all, is to catch the light and shine it out.” Or something like that. Anyway, I really liked that image. And it made me feel like not only was it okay for me to want to write all the time, but that I should. That maybe someday I can do some good with my writing.
That seems like a good note on which to end the interview. Thanks, Lily.