Welcome back to the Book Loft, Lillian! Is there a story behind your latest book DEADLY COMMUNICATIONS?
Three things happened within a few days of each other to inspire DEADLY COMMUNICATIONS.
First, my brother asked why I didn’t write a story featuring a speech-language pathologist. To which my answer was that it would be difficult to come up with a suspense story and an SLP.
Secondly, a few days later I was talking with someone whose daughter had been involved in an accident and was now experiencing communication difficulties.
Thirdly, as writers are prone to do, I was sitting daydreaming and had a vision of a young woman running through the woods and into ongoing traffic.
That’s all it took! My writer mind took over from there and DEADLY COMMUNICATIONS was born.
What started you on your writing journey?
Funny you should ask that, I just posted about this on my own blog. In a nutshell, I’ve always loved books, but it wasn’t until I was 40 that I had my light bulb moment. It happened when I wrote an outlandish obituary for myself. One of the things I wrote was that was a bestselling author!
Considering I’d never written anything creatively except for a few poems, the idea seemed ludicrous. But seeing those words stirred up something deep inside my soul. And a writer was born!
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I love all sorts of books, but my favorite are Christian mysteries and suspense books. I guess that’s why I write them!
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Maven Morris is the main character and I love creating her. Probably because there’s a lot of me in her. Like me, she’s a speech pathologist. Unlike me, she’s very adventurous—something I definitely am not.
Let's have some fun. What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I went to visit my sister and her family while they were stationed in Germany (Army). That’s not the quirky part. I decided to surprise them! Looking back, I realize how silly that was. They could have been on vacation somewhere else, but it all worked out!
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Oh yes there is! I hate paperwork and bill paying. My husband has to prod me and prod me to get them done.
Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
The next place I’m going—whatever that it!
Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
I’ve been fortunate to travel a lot so yes, when I pick places for my characters to run to, I usually pick places I’m familiar with. Some of the places my characters have gone to are Paw Paw West Virginia, Bahamas, and Jackson Hole to name a few.
Could you share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you?
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.
I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors a little over two years ago. Between the damage the tumors caused, treatments, and side effects from the treatments, it’s been a difficult two years.
But amazingly, God has kept me in his peace and joy through most of the journey (it’s not over yet!). But when things get to be too much I start repeating this verse again and again until I can face the world again!
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Even as I struggle with my health issues, I have been so blessed this year in my writing career. Deadly Communications is my third book to be released this year and I have one more that will be released in September—REDEMPTION.
Redemption is the third in my Sisters By Choice series. Jamie goes in search of a kidnapped child. She won’t give up until she brings him home…or she dies trying!
Thanks for sharing with us today!
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