Tell us about your newest book.
Deadly Intent is the second in my Deadly Communications series that features Maven Morris, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who gets a little too involved with her clients. OK, a lot too involved. And that gets her into big trouble.
In Deadly Intent, she becomes a foster mother to an abandoned child who won’t or can’t speak. So many questions…who is he…why was he abandoned…where are his parents? Maven wants answers, and that’s when things start getting interesting not to mention deadly!
What inspired you to write this book?
I was a speech pathologist for more than thirty years and have been writing suspense for more than ten. So, it seemed a natural progression to create a crime-fighting speech pathologist! Of course, I never had anything quite so danger happen to me as a speech pathologist. And I’m OK with that.
What was your favorite part to write?
I love the way the writing process works. Sometimes, you write a sentence or two and you have no idea why. Then it all becomes clear as the story continues. That happened in Deadly Intent as well. Maven has to come up with a name for her foster son. She (along with a little help from me) picks Moses.
At the time, we picked it because it was a good strong biblical name but…later in the story you’ll find out just how much the name fits!
What was the hardest part to write?
My first answer was to say nothing, but on reflection…When I wrote this I was in the middle of treatment for my bilateral brain tumors. It hasn’t been easy and it’s still going on. So in fact, none of the stories I’ve written in the past few years would have been written without the grace and goodness of God.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I’m not a big researcher. As I write, I do whatever research needs to be done. Since I’ve been a speech pathologist for many years, a lot of research wasn’t needed.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I love being able to create new characters with new problems and then helping them figure out how to get out of the problem!
What’s the hardest thing about being an author?
Without a doubt, book marketing! Lots of writers are introverts and I’m no exception. That means it’s especially difficult for me to get out there and market my books. On the other hand, it’s part of the job and I’m learning to do it—and even starting to enjoy it!
What’s one piece of advice you have for aspiring writers?
DON’T QUIT! If being a writer is your dream, you have to keep at it and not let the rejections get you down. It took me 15 years to get my first traditional book contract! Now I have seven published and three more to be released soon. What if I’d stopped at year 14 ½?
If you were writing about your life what would the title be?
Actually, I released a book earlier in the year that talks about my life, some of my struggles, and my faith in God. It’s called GOD, LIFE, & HULA HOOPS. How’s that for a title?
Anything you would like add?
Thanks so much for having me on your blog!
To celebrate the release of Deadly Intent, I’m having a giveaway on my blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at www.lillian-duncan.com. Grand prize is a $25 Amazon gift cards but that’s not all! Five more winners will get a $5 Amazon gift card. How’s that for a celebration?
All you have to do is hop over to www.lillian-duncan.com and leave a comment on the Deadly Intent announcement. The contest ends September 26. PS. When you leave a comment, be sure to tell me what blog you read about me on. Then check back to see if you’re a winner!
Lillian Duncan: stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem!
Lillian is a multi-published writer with several Amazon bestsellers, including The Christmas Stalking and Betrayed. Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense with a touch or two of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us
Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.
DEADLY INTENT Back Cover Blurb:
Everyone belongs somewhere. The key to happiness is recognizing that place when you get there.
Maven Morris can’t seem to find that place. A childless widow, she has no immediate family. Forced into a medical leave, she has no career. At loose ends, she hasn’t a clue what’s next for her.
Her neighbor, Paul Jordan knows what he wants—to move their friendship to a new level. Maven may not know what’s next, but she does know she has no interest in romance with anyone— not even her handsome neighbor.
When a young boy is abandoned in the city park, he touches her heart. In spite of his obvious special needs, she agrees to provide a temporary foster home for him. She has no idea the impact he will have on her life—or the danger he brings to her doorstep.
Thanks so much for sharing with my readers. It’s great to hear about your newest writing adventure 🙂