Hello, Lillian. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m very happily married and living in a small town in Ohio. I retired from my “day job” as a speech pathologist in 2012 after being diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors. It’s been a difficult journey but God has been with me through it all.
I’m so sorry to hear that, Lillian. We will be praying for you, dear friend. Now . . .
What do you love most about the writing process?
All of it! Really, I’m not exaggerating. I love the creativity that happens during the first draft. I love working on my craft as I edit and polish the story during the second, third, and however many drafts it takes to get it ready for my publisher. Then I love seeing how my editor makes it even better. I’m not going to say I never disagree with my editor about some of her changes, but it’s not as often as you’d think.
You are an inspiration, Lillian! Next question . . .
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
More than I can count! The first five years I just wrote because it was fun. I didn’t even think about trying seriously to get published for a long time.
I learned a lot from that time of just writing for myself that has helped me in so many ways in my writing career. I developed trust in my process for writing. I discovered that I didn’t just have one story inside me.
Trust is the key.
If you could give advice to your younger writing self, what would it be?
To connect more with other writers through writing conferences and critique groups. Relationships make a huge difference for writers.
I agree! Moving on . . .
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I think one of the big ones is to try to speed the publishing process along before you’re ready to be published. It’s so easy to publish your own work now but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should—until you’re ready.
Knowing the difference is key. Final question . . .
What does literary success look like to you?
I think writers are notoriously insecure. We never quite believe that we’re “good enough” to be considered a good writer. Having said that, I’ve been blessed in so many ways in my writing career. One of my books (Puzzle House) was in the final three for the Carol Award in 2018. It didn’t win but it was edifying to be a finalist.
Sure, I’d love to sell more books, make more money, become a household name, have my books made into movies. Who wouldn’t love all that? But the truth is I’m just thrilled that I can still write books (after my brain tumors) and that people are entertained by them.
I’m rejoicing with you!
Future Projects or WIP you can talk about?
I’ll be part of my publisher’s Christmas Extravaganza this year. Each year, she releases books with a Christmas theme in a variety of genres just in time for the holidays. My book is All I Want for Christmas is Johnny Rocker Dead! It’s a fun story that features a rock and roll star who someone is trying to kill. It’s Maddie’s job to make sure that doesn’t happen.
I’ll also be releasing another suspense book some time next year—Jane Doe as well as the third book in my Puzzle House trilogy—Suffer The Little Children.
Wow! It sounds like I spend all my time writing, but I don’t. At least I don’t think I do. I guess when you’re doing what you love, time doesn’t matter.
Congratulations on the Christmas Extravaganza! Lillian, thank you for joining us.
Giveaway: Two is always better than one, especially when it comes to giveaways. So, to celebrate the release of TRAPPED, Lillian is having two different giveaways! One lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card as well as a choice of one of her books (e-book only). Click Here to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e958/trapped-celebration-tour-giveaway
Five lucky winners will win their choice of one of her books (e-book only). To enter, go to www.lillian-duncan.com and leave a comment under the TRAPPED Giveaway Post.
Angelina Matthews has everything—rich, famous and beautiful—until the day she’s kidnapped and trapped in a basement with a madman, wearing only a T-shirt. The dirt is his—the blood is hers. Tormented and tortured, she cries out to God.
Help comes in the form of Nate Goodman.
When their paths cross months later, Nate discovers Angelina is still trapped—not in a basement but in the memories she can’t escape. Nate knows all about being trapped—and getting un-trapped.
As an ex-Chicago cop he’s had his own demons to wrestle, but his faith helped him to move forward. He reaches out to Angelina whose paranoid delusions have her trapped still.
But are they delusions?
Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband and a menagerie of pets. After more than 30 years working as a speech pathologist for children, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.
Her goal is to write stories that entertain but also demonstrate God’s love for all of us. To learn more about her, visit www.lillian-duncan.com. I also have a devotional blog at www.PowerUpWithGod.com.