About

An author, attorney, and adjunct professor of law, L.M. Lilly founded Writing As A Second Career to share information with people juggling writing novels with working at other jobs or careers.

Writing as Lisa M. Lilly, she is the author of the Q.C. Davis Mysteries and the bestselling four-book Awakening supernatural thriller series.

Lilly also is the author of When Darkness Falls, a standalone gothic horror novel set in Chicago's South Loop. The title story of her short-story collection The Tower Formerly Known as Sears and Two Other Tales of Urban Horror was made into the short film Willis Tower.

She also hosts the podcast Buffy and the Art of Story.

In addition to fiction, Lilly writes non-fiction. Her books on writing include:

The One-Year Novelist: A Week-By-Week Guide To Writing Your Novel In One Year

Creating Compelling Characters From The Inside Out

Super Simple Story Structure: A Quick Guide To Plotting & Writing Your Novel

Happiness, Anxiety, and Writing: Using Your Creativity To Live A Calmer, Happier Life

Buffy and the Art of Story Season One: Writing Better Fiction by Watching Buffy

Curious about The One-Year Novelist plan?

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