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Fellow Ohio author, Lillian Duncan, has a new book out from White Rose Publishing called Persued.

Lillian lives in a small town in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband, four parrots, one Jack Russell, and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Whether as a speech-language pathologist, an educator, or as a writer, she believes in the power of words to change lives, especially God’s Word. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Akron University in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a Master’s degree from Kent State in Deaf Education. Most of her career was spent as a Speech Pathologist in a large metropolitan school district, but she now works part-time in the district she graduated from many, many years ago. She enjoys a
variety of activities, including traveling, camping, and bowling. She is active in her church where she serves as a sign language interpreter and teaches sign language classes. Lillian believes books can be entertaining without being trashy. She writes the types
of books she loves to read, suspense with a touch of romance. Along with writing novels, she writes devotions for ChristianDevotions.us. Previous novels include SHATTERED and IN A CORNER OF HER HEART.

  1. WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START WRITING? I know this is going to sound a bit strange, but I’ve always “made up”
    stories in my head when I was bored. Very detailed stories with characters and problems and happy endings. After two very specific events, it was like a light bulb went off in my head. Oh, these are the stories I should be writing down so
    I started writing that day and I haven’t stopped since.
  2. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING AND DID YOU EVER FEEL LIKE GIVING UP? I started writing 16 years ago when I was 40. Yikes, that makes me so…never mind. And absolutely, I wanted to give up many, many times. And in fact, I did give up many times but I always started up again. I don’t know any writer who hasn’t felt that way. The uncertainty of becoming a published writer can be frustrating and overwhelming at times to say the least. But if being a writer is your  dream, you have to keep writing and waiting…and waiting…and…..
  3. HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU PUBLISHED? PURSUED is my fourth book to be published, but the first with White Rose Publishing.  But in many ways, I consider it to be my debut novel since it’s my first book with what is considered a
    “traditional” publisher.
  4. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR TITLE-PURSUED? The original title was Just An Old Country Boy but that didn’t sound very suspenseful so I changed it to Pursued. In the story, Reggie is being pursued by an unknown killer, by the hero, and by God, so it made sense to me as a title.
  5. TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR HERO AND HEROINE?  My hero, Dylan, is a good old boy with a heart of gold who just wants to make life better for everyone around him. He’s sweet and kind, but in a very manly way!  Reggie can be a little difficult at times, but she has her reasons. You have to admire her for all she’s overcome in her life.
  6.  IS THERE A MESSAGE IN YOUR NOVEL? One of the messages I want people to get is to be open to learning from, developing relationships, and loving people who are different from ourselves. God made us different for a reason. And one of the reasons is it makes life a lot more interesting and fun! I am, of course, a bookworm and my husband is an outdoorsy sort of man who likes to fish and garden and do other things that gets his hands dirty. In many ways, we are very opposite of each other, but together we have a wonderful and fun marriage.
  7. WHAT IS YOUR NEXT PROJECT? I have another book coming out in the fall, DECEPTION. It’s full of intrique and
    action. Along with that I’m working on three other manuscripts in varying stages that will hopefully become books in the future including a sequel to PURSUED.
  8. THE HARDEST PART OF WRITING A BOOK?  I love writing and rewriting my book but…after about the eighth or ninth time, it’s gets a bit tiring.
  9. DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING FROM WRITING THIS BOOK?  I actually learned a lot from this book. It was the
    first book I had critiqued with the large critique group from ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). Critiquing is a very humbling process. In the beginning of the critiquing process, I thought the others didn’t know what they were talking about. By the middle, I thought I should give up writing forever. By the end, I knew I was a much better writer than I’d been at the beginning. And the proof is that this became my debut novel with a traditional publisher.
  10. HOW CAN READERS CONTACT YOU?  My website is:  www.lillianduncan.net

 

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Here’s a photo of me (on the right) and my dear friend, Peggy, on the left that was taken last week. Myself and two pals from college took a girls-only getaway weekend. We certainly didn’t do much except sit on the porch of this B&B and talk and talk and talk. What else do women know how to do, I ask you? Catching up on each other’s lives was so much fun. And the summer weather was absolutely lovely. After the winter we Ohioans had, we were long overdue for some sunshine and warm breezes!

Here’s hoping wherever you are you’re at peace and safe (even if the weather isn’t all that great!)

Happy July. Blessings, Mary

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