Lillian, welcome to Writers on Reading. Your novel book covers are soooo intense! I can’t wait to discover if your reading tastes are just as daring. So…when picking your next reading adventure does “murder and mayhem” draw you in as it does in your writing? Do you find one genre snags your attention more than others? Is there something special you seek when selecting your next reading adventure?
Even though I write suspense and mystery, I love to read in all genres, even horror and science fiction.
Those are also very intense genres. I can see you loving them! What was the most out-of-character book you’ve recently read, and what led to your choice?
I’m reading An American Gothic by Alice K. Arenz right now. It’s written in first person, something I’m not particularly fond of. In spite of that, I’m getting hooked into the story.
So special how a good story can draw a reader past their initial feelings. Your most recent suspense, Deadly Intent, released less than a month ago. Do you find time to read during the months you spend writing a book or with deadlines ahead is it either/or for you? If so, what did you read while working on your last book? If not, what did you read when you finished this one?
I keep my reading time and my writing time separate, so one has nothing to do with the other. In the past year, I’ve gone back and read all the Left Behind books as well as the Last Light series by Terri Blackstock.
What was the last book you absolutely couldn't put down? Why?
I really got hooked into the Left Behind series. Even though I’d read them before, I
couldn’t put them down.
Nothing better than delving back into a favorite book—like returning to first love. Were you the kind of kid/teen who loved reading? Which novel do you first remember reading?
I never went anywhere without a book in my hand! I remember going on camping and fishing trips where I’d find a rock to sit on and read while everyone else was fishing! I think I was about ten or eleven when I read Gone With The Wind for the first time. Of course, I loved all the Nancy Drew books and Agatha Christie as well.
When did you know you wanted to write? Did any or multiple books influence this desire?
As much as I loved reading books, I didn’t start writing until I was forty. To me writers were like rock stars, and it never occurred to me that I could do it. But once it did, I was hooked!
Actually, the idea came to me when I wrote my own obituary as an exercise. I wrote down that I was a multi-published writer. It was a complete surprise to me, but when I read those words, I felt a surge of excitement. And I still have it.
Oh, Lillian, that is such a hoot! What a moment that must have been! With a cozy fall coming up,what is on your to-read list? And what is your ideal autumn reading experience?
If I can find the time, I’d love to caught up on Terri Blackstock’s books, including Seaside and Distortion. I’d love to sit out on my deck with a nice warm fire with a cup of hot chocolate!
Sounds like the ideal autumn reading experience indeed! I hope you get an hour or two to enjoy it. Thanks so much for visiting and letting us get to know you better as a reader, Lillian! Folks, you can continue to connect with Lillian—and find out more about her books—at the links below.
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 wordsto transform lives, especially God’s Word.
To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net. Tiaras & Tennis Shoes is her personal blog at www.lillian-duncan.com.
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