I can hardly believe this is the last Wednesday in January and that Christmas was a month ago already. Whew! I feel like I've been in a time warp lately. :)
Today we have the chance to learn more about author, Lillian Duncan. Welcome, Lillian. How did you develop a love of story?
From a love of reading, of course! From the moment I learned to read, I loved stories. I remember going to the library with my brother and sister and trying to decide which three books I’d choose.
In college, I worked at the University of Akron library. Sunday nights were about shelving all the books that had been used over the weekend. I loved working that night, unlike most everyone else. What a joy to discover so many books I knew nothing about!
I always thought it would be fun to either work in a library or Christian bookstore. :) When do you fit writing into your day?
There’s no fitting writing into my day—it is my day. I retired in 2012 due to health issues and so now I have as much time as I want for writing. How cool is that!
That's wonderful. :) What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
Romans 8: 28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
In 2012, I was diagnosed with brain tumors. The treatments and the side effects wreaked havoc on my health! I was very sick but I kept repeating this verse over and over. It kept me trusting God and it kept me in peace and joy in spite of how bad I felt at the time.
Wow! It sounds like you've been through a lot. Where did you get the inspiration for your latest book?
DEADLY SILENCE is the third in my mystery novella series that features Maven Morris, a speech therapist who can’t stay out of trouble. Along with Maven’s ongoing story, I wanted to explore the issue of being a late-deafened adult so she works with a client that has become deaf.
This is an issue near and dear to my heart since I’ve lost all my hearing in one ear and much of my hearing in the other. I spent most of my career working with hard-of-hearing and deaf students and now I find myself in the same situation.
So you have a lot of first hand experience you are able to bring into your novels. What does your writing space look like?
Ha. Ha. I can relate. :) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
As I said, I was a speech pathologist or speech therapist for more than 30 years. I worked with all sorts of students but mostly with deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
In 2012, I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors (non-cancerous) and a genetic condition called Neurofibromatosis Type 2. Since then my health has declined a great deal but I’m so blessed that I can still write stories. God is so good!
That's great that you are still able to write. How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing?
That’s changed over the past several years. As my walk with God has become deeper as I’ve struggled with my health, it shows in my writing. In fact, I just received a contract for my first women’s fiction novel called THE PUZZLE HOUSE. It is much more spiritual than anything I’ve previously written.
Congratulations on your contract. That's wonderful. Where can readers connect with you?
My website is www.lillianduncan.net and I have a devotional blog at www.PowerUpWithGod.com. My blog is TIARAS & TENNIS SHOES at www.lillian-duncan.com. I’m also on Twitter as @LillianDuncan and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lillian.k.duncan.
Before you go, can you give us a little bit more about your new release?
DEADLY SILENCE--BOOK BLURB:
FACED WITH ONLY SILENCE.
Her happily-ever-after is shattered when Maven Morris is left at the altar. Without a word of explanation, her fiancé, has disappeared, leaving Maven and the church filled with their family and friends. Maven refuses to give into the darkness of depression. Instead she takes on a new speech therapy client. Layla’s life has been shattered by silence, as well. As a late-deafened adult, Layla needs skills to cope with her now silent world.
TRUST YOUR EYES.
Those are words of advice Maven gives Layla. The words stir up something on the inside of Maven as she realizes there wasn’t a hint that Paul’s feet had turned cold about their upcoming nuptials. And that’s when silence turns deadly.
Thanks again for being here, Lillian. I wish you all the best with your writing.