Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Faith and murder? Interview with Author Lillian Duncan

Betrayed
 
Witness Protection Program claims they can keep anyone safe if only they follow the rules so Maria follows the rules--every rule. She's given up everything--her friends, her family, her past, even her name to ensure her daughter has a future.
Reborn as Veronica Minor in the sleepy little town of Sunberry, Ohio, she struggles to rebuild their life amid the beauty of her flower shop. A life where her daughter can have a happy normal childhood. A life where her daughter will never know that her father was a monster.
When a child disappears, Veronica prays it has nothing to do with her past, but what if she's wrong? Not knowing who to trust, she trusts no one...and that's her first mistake.

Stories of faith mingled…with murder & mayhem.
Lillian is a multi-published writer who writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.
To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net. She also has a devotional blog at www.PowerUpWithGod.com as well as her personal blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at www.lillian-duncan.com.
Interview with Lillian Duncan

What should readers know about your latest release? Does it differ from your past books, offer a new perspective on a familiar topic, or shed light on a unique situation?
 
BETRAYED is the second in my Sisters By Choice series—my first published series. So, that makes it different right there. Writing a series is definitely different from writing a single stand-alone novel and I’m not sure I like the differences.
 
But for BETRAYED, I love the story and it was worth the extra effort!
 
What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?
 
In DECEPTION (the first in the series), there is a terrorist. I kept wondering what kind of woman could be married to a terrorist and not know it. BETRAYED is the answer to that question and continues her story as she struggles to put her life back together.

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
The stories are in my head. If I don’t write them, I can’t get them out of my head. So, I write so I can sleep at night!  And because I love to tell stories.
 
How has travel been involved in your writing and/or research? What’s been your most memorable research experience?
 
I don’t travel a whole lot any more for lots of reasons, but when I was younger I did. I’ve been to 48 states, 3 continents, and many countries. All that travel allows me to pick a good location for my stories.
 
My stories usually start out in Ohio, but rarely do they stay there because my characters are either running for their lives or chasing down the bad guys!
 
Who has inspired you the most on your writing journey—a loved one, fellow author, favorite teacher?
 
Books! Books! And more books!
 
What surprised you the most about the writer’s journey—publication, representation, platform building, the writing itself?
 
Writing books is fun!  Becoming a writer isn’t as much fun. Becoming a published writer is even harder and takes a lot of hard work, time, and commitment.
 
Now that I’m on my fourth contracted book with three more to come at a later date, I consider writing my career. And as such, it includes so much more than just the writing aspect.
 
But I love it!
 
If you could rewind time to when you began your pursuit of publication, what would you tell yourself?
 
Find other writers!  As far as I’m concerned, joining critique groups is what finally brought my writing to a level that it became publishable. I think I could have saved myself several years of frustration if I’d found organizations, such as American Christian Fiction Writers earlier.
 
Now to have some fun with travel…
 
What’s your favorite place you have visited?
 
Oh, my goodness!  That’s such a hard question for me since I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel to so many different places. I definitely loved my two trips to Europe—the food—the museums—walking through history—like Notre Dame, Greece, and the Vatican but….
 
The Grand Canyon is one of my favorite places to visit!  A few years ago, I finally did what I always wanted to do there—yep, it was on my bucket list!
 
I made it to the bottom of the canyon by way of a helicopter ride. At the bottom, we took a boat ride and spent time exploring the area. It was one of my most memorable travel experiences.
 
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Or would you return to somewhere you’ve already been?
 
Well, the impractical side of me has ALWAYS wanted to go to Antarctica and walk around the world in 24 steps!  I’m not seeing that one happen!
 
The practical side of me would love to visit China, Thailand, and other Far East countries.
 
And now a fun tidbit—if there was one special travel destination just for writers and you were the founder of it, what would the name be and would it be located?
 
Mmmm…It would be called WRITER’S WORLD and it would be in the middle of nowhere. That way the writers would have nothing to focus on except their writing.
 
But here’s the fun part.  There would be a virtual world inside that could transport you to any location you needed. So, your story’s set in San Francisco like mine was in DECEPTION, then you can visit it (virtually, of course). You could walk around, smell and see the sights.
Imagine how much more detail we could put into our stories if we could do that!

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