Today we sit down for a chat with Lily Mooney from author Elizabeth Spaur’s Gridiron Knights series.
What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
Same old, same old. I was deputy sheriff, a job I hated, but which helped me help my best friend. My big amazing family was smothering me. It was like I was living my life for everyone I loved, but not for me.
What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
I’m all in for the people I love. If they need me, for anything, I’m there. No questions asked.
What do you like least about yourself?
I’ve gotten a little too good at keeping secrets and don’t know how to let anyone in.
What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?
It was a total shock when I found out that my best friend in the world was public enemy number one among my family and friends. Underneath all the levels of jerk he’s a great guy who had a rough time growing up, so I got it eventually. But it’s crazy being friends with someone who spends so much time pissing off everyone else in your life.
Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
I argue with everyone about my life. When you almost die and lose your dreams for your future because of a stupid accident, it tends to make you a control freak. My author was probably sick of hearing me ask, “Why do I have to do this?”
What is your greatest fear?
That there are no second chances.
What makes you happy?
Cooking. There’s nothing better than creating something that tastes amazing and watching people enjoy it. Since I don’t get to do it too often these days, my other big source of happiness is my puppies, Artemis and Apollo.
If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
I would have cut my family some slack earlier. They’ve been ridiculously overprotective since my accident, but I didn’t realize for a long time what seeing me in the hospital and being told I’d never wake up from my coma did to them.
Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
Brian Gill, Senior. He’s been scamming and stealing from people for decades, and terrorizing anyone who got in the way of his image of what he wanted his life to be, including his son, my best friend. He’s one of those people that didn’t become bad because of circumstances, he’s just made that way.
Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
I’m not sure. I’d probably trade places with either my twin brother Lee or my little sister Annie. Then I could still be cooking (if I were Lee) or playing with flavors as a brew master (if I were Annie). I spent so much of my life not being able to taste and smell. If I were switching places with anyone, it would have to be with someone as in love with creating amazing flavors as I am.
Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
Elizabeth Spaur has been in love with romance novels since she was twelve. She loves creating worlds full of big families, large friend groups and lots of happy endings. She can be found at elizabethspaur.com
What's next for you? There’s a lot in store for us in King’s Folly. More happy endings for our friends and families and more mysteries to deal with. I’m finally going to live all my dreams and I’m looking forward to watching my friends’ stories unfold. Rumor has it, Elizabeth is going to explore the lives of the football coaches at our two rival universities, too. That should be fun, but Cormac Knights rule.
Romancing the Receiver
A Gridiron Knights Romance
Betrayal destroyed his future. An accident shattered her dreams. Life closed a door for each of them, if they can learn to trust each other, love will open a new one.
Ben Coleman spent two years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Being cleared of all charges couldn’t give him back his dreams of playing professional football, but freedom gave him a chance to heal. When an old friend offers him the opportunity to coach football at Cormac University Ben believes he can finally put the past behind him and build a future. Will the mysterious deputy with secrets help him rebuild his life, or tear it to pieces again?
After an accident as a teenager robbed her of her senses of taste and smell, Lily Mooney had to let go of her dream of being a professional chef. She never wanted to be a cop like three of her brothers, but more than a decade after her accident she was still on the job, and will be until she finishes one last investigation, the one that will set her best friend free. Will the compelling new coach at Cormac University help Lily find the answers she’s looking for, or make her question everything she thought she knew?
Ben and Lily fight an instant attraction. Neither of them is looking for a relationship. Even if they were, there are a million reasons why they’re wrong for each other. Both of them are running from the past and the dreams that still haunt them. But King’s Folly is a small town and, with friends in common, they can’t exactly avoid each other. When their jobs collide and people they love almost get caught in the crossfire, they have no choice but to turn to each other.
Will they learn that love is the key to unlock their dreams for the future?
Welcome to Romancing the Receiver, the third book in the Gridiron Knights series set in King’s Folly, South Carolina, where football is king, and the locals have something to say about everything. When you come for a visit, you’ll never want to leave.