JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
DeVaughn Lilly, author of Memoirs of the Homosexual President (Told by the First Lady)
(Young Revolutionary Publishing)
At its core, “Memoirs of the Homosexual President” is a love story. This tale takes you into the well kept life of a sophisticated southern belle named Birdy as she recounts a life with the man she loved and the man he loved – who coincidentally happens to be her best friend.
Their love was not only unorthodox and unheard of, it is also unusual in that it was between a master and one of his dear slaves. For fifty years, she watches through scorned eyes as her husband and her dearest friend embark on this secretive, shrouded existence.
They all find success through politics as their affair is carried from their home town of Savannah, Georgia, all the way to the Capitol City and into the grand White house.
This gentleman was plagued his entire life by America’s misgivings, slavery as his pursuit of justice. Freedom is what drives him to the highest office in the land, all while his peculiar love life ensures his premature demise.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write “Memoirs of the Homosexual President”?
DeVaughn M. Lilly: My inspiration for “Memoirs of the Homosexual President” came from my love of storytelling and also my love of politics. I was inspired to write a love story, one which I had never heard the likes of before.
JP: What sets “Memoirs of the Homosexual President” apart from other books in the same genre?
DL: What sets “Memoirs of the Homosexual President” apart is its pure intensity. Emotions are mixed together throughout the story. There is a clear element of love, brutality, ambition, hatred, sex, heartbreak and joy – all played out through the eyes of very dynamic characters.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to “Memoirs of the Homosexual President” getting out to the public?
DL: Staying focused and driven. Never giving up. I also travel a lot in promotion of “Memoirs of the Homosexual President”.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish “Memoirs of the Homosexual President (Told by the First Lady)”?
DL: My writing process consist of me figuring out the story I want to tell and then imagining it in my mind. I like to close my eyes and put myself right in the middle of their world. It took me seven months to write “Memoirs of the Homosexual President” from start to finish.
JP: What’s next for DeVaughn Lilly?
DL: I am currently traveling promoting my novels on tour. I just began writing my third full length novel, “The House of Ill- Repute”. It should be released early next year.
““Memoirs of the Homosexual President (Told by the First Lady)” is enthralling, passionate and very entertaining. I wrote this story from my heart, and I poured my soul into it. I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it. Thank you.” ~ DeVaughn Lilly