Friday, October 2, 2015

Lillian Duncan: The Meaning Of Story

Everyone's Story warmly welcomes author Lillian Duncan this week. After following Lillian's Tweets and occasionally hopping onto her blog, Tiaras and Tennis Shoes, for a visit, I've been intrigued by Lillian and invited her to be my guest. I hope you enjoy her company as much as I do! Please check out her special BookGiveaway, the blurb of her novel, DEADLY INTENT, and see exactly why Lillian writes. Both Lillian and I look forward to hearing from you!





BookGiveaway:
Lillian is offering 1 e-version of DEADLY INTENT to 1 randomly chosen commenter. The winner will be announced here on Friday, October 9th between 5-6 PM EST. To be entered in the Giveaway, please leave your contact information within your comment (you may choose to use the Contact Me form to privately send me your email address--the form is in the right-hand sidebar on the blog's main page, toward the bottom)



Back Cover Blurb of DEADLY INTENT:

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.


WHY I WRITE WHAT I WRITE! by Lillian Duncan

Do you know what a parable is? One definition (my favorite) is an earthly story with a heavenly message. Wow! That’s a very close description of what I write. My stories are action-filled stories but with a heavenly message. So does that mean I write parables? I like to think so. How cool is that?

Jesus used parables to teach.

He knew that stories can illustrate a truth better than any lecture or sermon. Scientists say that stories and movies activate the brain as if the events are actually happening to the reader or movie goer. So that means we can learn from them without having to face the consequences of the bad choices in our real life.

And that’s why I write what I write!

My stories are first and foremost meant to entertain the reader, but they also have a spiritual message or a life lesson.

My Deadly Communications series features Maven Morris, a speech pathologist. In the first book, Maven struggles to overcome depression brought on by the death of her husband as well as some significant health issues while solving a mystery.


Now most readers will simply enjoy the suspense part of the story, but for those struggling with a major loss of their own, they may take away much more—like the fact if Maven was able to overcome so can they. And perhaps even take it a step further and see that as Maven turned back to God, her life improved. And if they do the same, that might happen.

And that’s why I write what I write!

The second story in the series, DEADLY INTENT has just released. Maven is back with more lessons to be learned. Of course, the one lesson Maven doesn’t seem to learn is how NOT to get herself in dangerous situations!

When her best friend, Lizzie comes to her about an abandoned child who refuses to communicate with anyone, Maven can’t say no. The young boy touches her heart and she ends up as his foster mother. That’s when things take a deadly turn.

Deadly Intent is filled with twists and turns as well as surprises and shocks. As I said my first goal when I write is to entertain and I believe Deadly Intent does just that!

And that’s why I write what I write!

Lillian's Ah-hahs To Tweet:
Everyone’s Story: Meet @LillianDuncan, author of stories of faith, mingled w/ murder & mayhem (Tweet This)

#Writers: does your 1st goal of writing match author @LillianDuncan’s? #BookGiveaway (Tweet This)

@LillianDuncan: Ever think about your novels as parables? #BookGiveaway (Tweet This)

Authors' Bio:
Lillian Duncan: stories of faith mingled with murder and 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.

Places to connect with Lillian:




20 comments:

  1. Enjoyed the interview. I love Lillian's books. Please do not include me in the drawing as I have already had the privilege of reading this one so would like to give someone else the chance to read it. It is a good one.

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    1. Thanks for visiting this evening, Ann. With all you've read, especially in Christian fiction, I'd love to sit down with you over a cup of coffee and chat for hours over books. Want to meet me half way?

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    2. Until we do, Ann, I'm sending the virtual hug!

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    3. Ann is so supportive of me. Thanks, Ann for endorsing the book.

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  2. Sounds like a great story. Thanks for not only writing a clean story but one with a message!

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    1. Kelly, nice to see you! Also, thanks for sharing that insight of what you, as a reader, appreciate reading in a story.

      BTW, I do intend to reply to your email this weekend.

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    2. You're welcome, Kelly. I love creating stories that have a message and are entertaining as well.

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  3. Good to read about your writing, Lillian--I think having that underlying motivation makes all the difference! YOu don't need to include me in the drawing, as I can't do e-books. Good job, Elaine, again.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Gail. I'm curious--if you want to share--is it that you prefer reading printed formatted books or due to perhaps a lack of a electronic device? I prefer reading novels in printed form, however I have no problem reading non-fiction in an e-format. Go figure, right?!

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  4. Lillian's book sounds like an exciting read. Please enter me in the drawing. Congratulations on your book contract!

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    1. Hi, AnnaLee! Thanks for visiting with Lillian and me on this cool autumn day.

      Thanks for your well wishes on my contract. I do have a title change: ALWAYS WITH YOU.

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    2. Thanks, AnnaLee, for entering the contest.

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  5. Awesome reason to write! You'll never know this side of heaven how many people you've helped. pat at ptbradley dot com

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    1. I totally agree, Pat! As always, thanks for visiting.

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    2. That's so true, Pat. Same as when I was a school speech therapist. Teachers will never know how many lives they impact.

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  6. Thanks so much to my sweet guest, Lillian Duncan, for making this past week fun and interesting. I think we all gained more insights to telling/reading a story, and a bit of a boost in inspiration!

    Lillian, thanks for the Giveaway of DEADLY INTENT. And the winner is…

    AnnaLee. Yay, AnnaLee!! Both Lillian and I will contact you via direct email. Happy reading!

    Blessings to all.

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  7. Congratulations AnnaLee and thanks to Elaine for having me on her blog.

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