New Client Alert — Lilli Sutton

  • By: Jessica Faust | Date: Apr 14 2023

Lilli Sutton


What you Write:

Contemporary upmarket fiction



Jessica Faust


Why BookEnds?

I love the support that BookEnds provides for authors.  


What genres do you write? Read?

I write contemporary upmarket fiction.

I enjoy reading most genres, although contemporary upmarket and literary fiction will always be my favorite. I’ll pick up almost any book that has themes about the environment (climate change, a character’s relationship to the natural world, the environment as a character, etc.). I also love nonfiction—either personal essays, or a book that teaches me a lot about a topic. 


Plotter or pantster?

I definitely lean towards being a plotter. I can’t write without at least a rough outline. However, my outline is usually just a list of bullet points. I like to give myself room to write whatever comes up as the story unfolds. 


Synopses, love them or hate ‘em?

Not a fan! I found it difficult to translate a dual-timeline, dual-POV novel into a cohesive synopsis, but it was a good exercise in writing concise, informative sentences. I tend to overexplain, which probably made writing a synopsis more difficult for me. 


Do you have a writing playlist or a vision board?  If so, what’s on them?

No to both, although sometimes I’ll look for images of a particular setting to spark inspiration. I need silence when I write and edit—even instrumental music is too distracting.


Drink of choice when writing? When not writing?

When writing: water and the occasional decaf caramel latte. When not writing: water and the occasional strawberry margarita (preferably frozen!).


Day or Night writer?

Day. I typically write from 6:30-7:30 AM most days. I need my brain to be fresh! But I can usually edit in the afternoons or evenings. It’s almost like two different sides of my brain. 


If you could meet any author, living or dead, who would you want to meet and why?

Laurie Colwin. I’ve been working my way through her books and I love her characters’ dry humor. I would love to see how her writing might have evolved over the last 30 years.


Where can readers find you on the web and social media?

You can find me on Twitter: @lillinsutton