We had the good fortune of connecting with Lily Sparks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lily, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I know of a skiier who answered the question, “Why do you ski?” with, “To be with the mountain.” For me, writing– screenplays or novels– is a way to sink more deeply into the people and feelings that really interest me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve written since I was little but it was only until very recently I supported myself exclusively by writing. Other jobs I’ve held include soap shop worker, hostel front desk keeper, classic car auction house intake professional, product designer, and Trader Joe’s cashier. Which is great because I have a lot of characters to pull from. My debut YA novel Teen Killers Club is about a group of convicted teenage killers training to become assassins at an abandoned sleep-away camp, and I never could’ve written it without working as a camp counselor.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A perfect LA day, hmm…Breakfast would be coffees at The Trails Cafe, then a walk through Ferndell Trail in Griffith park. Lunch would be Bay Cities Deli sandwiches eaten on the beach. For dinner we’re going to Same Same in Silverlake and we’ll finish the night out drinking, laughing, and dancing at Akbar.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My friend Darren Herczeg is a performer and storyteller who pushes the boundaries of how to involve audiences and marries art and pop culture in a way that has inspired me for years, he is currently running an immersive online mystery game set in the swinging 70s called I Swing, You Swing.