About lilycarmichael.com

This site is a hodgepodge of writing advice, random thoughts, short stories and book reviews.

There’s a blog section (there’s a link up at the top, there.. See it? Says ‘blog’). This blog contains everything from book reviews to random thoughts; writing advice to comments on the weather. Mostly it’s about bookish stuff. I’ll also be talking a little about my current WIP (or Work-in-Progress), Aurora, because sometimes I’m just too excited to help myself.

I’ve separated out the blog posts which offer writing advice and collated them into a series called ‘Keeping it Novel’. You can find this series on the tab at the top of the page. I’ll be adding sections on things like character development, world building, story arcs and myriad other things as time passes.

I have also created a separate tab to make it easy to find the book reviews. I read all sorts of different genres, but right now I’m focusing a lot on YA as it’s what I’m writing myself at the moment. Please feel free to share your thoughts on the books I review, or make a request if there’s something you’d like me to review! (Please note: reviews forthcoming.)


About Lily – the real, honest-to-Murgatroyd, person

So, what to say? A billion little things make up ‘me’, but what is it that you want to hear?

I’m 23 years old, and live in the UK. I was born in Hertfordshire, and raised by wonderful, loving and supportive parents, as well as their rather amazing respective partners. I have a sister, five years my junior, who makes me proud every day, and has never been a royal pain in the proverbial. So, really, I have no-one to blame for my being such an oddling.

I graduated from Portsmouth University last year with a bachelors degree in Law, and currently live with my amazing boyfriend and our pets – a bunch of reptiles and a whole host of baby crested geckos which have popped up over the last year. Isn’t life wonderful?

I have always been an avid reader. I was the little girl with a book always in hand, no matter where we were headed. Little has changed. Our flat is littered with piles and towers of books, because there are never enough shelves. I love to read, and as what seems like an inevitable result, I love to write.

As a child, my greatest dream was to become an author (after the ballerina dream died at around 4, of course!). I grew older, and the realities of life hit me – becoming a successful author was about as likely as becoming a pop star or an actress of the silver screen. So, like any other realistic child, I decided to pick a nice, stable career where I could feel like I was doing some good: I would study to become a lawyer.

I finished school, entered university, and began my degree. Unfortunately, studying the law also entails studying the system that enforces it, and I became increasingly disillusioned as I realised that this system of ours, this bastion of justice, was less about ‘doing good’ than about making money and pleasing politicians. A couple of legislative changes and it was no longer a ‘safe’ career, either. So, once I finished my undergrad, rather than spending another two-three years and around £30,000, I decided not to qualify as a lawyer. This left me in something of a quandary – what to do next? I started applying for pretty much any job I could reasonably do, as the bills don’t stop coming, but my boyfriend, being the wonder that he is, and knowing my secret dream, sat me down and told me that if I didn’t at least try writing a book, and getting it published, I’d regret it for the rest of my life.

So, as we stand now, I’m hunting left, right and centre for a day-job (and yes, that is an invitation to get in contact, if you think I could be a good fit!), and spending my evenings working on my first full-length novel. It’s a long, drawn-out process, and I’m loving every moment of it.


So, I hope you feel like you know me a little better! Please enjoy the site, and leave me a comment to let me know what you think!

  1. Julia says:

    Hey, thanks for the follow. What type of Novel are you writing?

    • Hi Julia!
      No problem – I came across your ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ review and really enjoyed your style, and then noticed that your remit was to ‘educate yourself in science fiction and fantasy’… Well, I’m a big fan, and thought it might be nice to join you on your journey!
      As may now be somewhat obvious, my novel would (I think- it’s very much still a work in progress!!!) fall into the Sci-Fi category, geared somewhat towards the YA market. I hope to be able to share a little more about it as soon as I find a way to outline it without a great pile of spoilers!

      • Julia says:

        Ooooh! How exciting! I’ll look forward to a spoiler free outline 🙂 I’m attempting to write my own novel too, though it’s probably more of a fantasy story. I have a couple of YA ideas too but they won’t be worked on for quite a while! Is this your first story or have you written anything before? It’s my first and it’s quite a learning experience I can tell you.

      • It really is very exciting, isn’t it?! I have a couple of fantasy ideas I’m dying to try out, but I’ve decided to finish one thing before I try to add another!
        Well, I’ve always wanted to write, but never really thought it was possible – when I was little becoming an author seemed about as likely as becoming a pop star. But then, I recently graduated university and I decided I might as well try it before I write it off as a pipe dream- if it works out for me as a career it’ll be my biggest dream come true and I don’t know if I’d ever forgive myself if I didn’t actually try!
        So, to answer your question, yes, it’s my first proper attempt at a full length novel. I’ve written all my life but this is the first plot-line I have real confidence in – it makes such a difference!
        I totally agree – it feels as though I’m learning entirely new ways of doing things – the ‘blogosphere’ is an amazing resource. It’s one of the reasons I started this blog – I wanted to be able to share some of the things I was learning!

  2. Hello Lily. I’m glad you’re pursuing writing! You’ll find that there are many supportive authors out there.

  3. That said, I just hated the sight of that default paragraph


    Thanks for the follow, L. I like what you’ve got going, thoughts, dreams, voice….I look fwd to seeing more. I would be honored to be a part of your process. Xxxx Diana

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