Author Revealed

About Whitney Lyles

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 4/8

Q. Favorite job

A. An author of course. I couldn't imagine doing anything else.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Poway High School, Marymount College and The University of San Diego

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Willie Nelson

Q. Favorite movie

A. I have so many. Probably Welcome to the Dollhouse and I love The Sound of Music. Both so different from each other.

Q. Favorite television show

A. LOST

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. No worries and total inner peace.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Public speaking

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Hawaii

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "No." "Stop doing that." "Oh really." Can you tell I have two small kids?

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I was really lost in high school and I have a lot of regrets. One of the biggest being not trying harder in school. I got to college and made dean's list my first semester, and I was amazed by how much I loved learning. I always had it in me. I really regret spending a lot of time worrying about silly things that I couldn't control in the future. I've learned to make the best out of where I am for the moment, and not worry about what the future holds.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Ice skating. I think it's beautiful and I've always been fascinated by how hard it must be.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My children are my biggest pride.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Stewing. When I get mad, I stew.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Spontaneity

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. People tell me I'm tiny all the time. I don't feel tiny though.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. I can't stand jealous people. And I don't necessarily mean people who are jealous of me. I mean, just listening to jealous catty behavior. It's so ugly and immature.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. A detective.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Loyalty, integrity, and a big heart.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. David Sedaris, Laurie Notaro, Larry McMurtry, Jack London, John Grogan, Augusten Burroughs, and Flannery O'Connor.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Naked by David Sedaris, Plainsong by Kent Haruf, A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Write a page a day and in a year you will have an entire novel.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. "I could so relate!"

Q. How did you come to write Love Off-Limits?

A. I wanted something with a spicy premise. What's spicier than a girl who has a whopper of a crush on her boyfriend's best friend? The plot raises many questions also, and I like it when readers ask questions as they're reading. Are some guys off-limits in romance? Is it ever okay to date a friend of an ex or are certain people banned for life from the dating pool? I honestly didn't know how it would play out in the end until I began writing. I didn't even know if it was okay to go for your boyfriend's best friend. You'll have to read to find out the answers.

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