Today’s Wednesday Writers post is chocked full of goodies. Author Lillian Duncan will be talking about where she gets her ideas for her books. To celebrate the release of her Christian Romantic Suspense Game On she has a giveaway (follow the link below), and we’re being treated to a book trailer and an excerpt. So lets get on to the goodies. Welcome Lillian!
One of the questions I get asked often is how do I come up with my story ideas. My answer is usually the same. From all sorts of places. Sometimes, I come up with a premise, such as what would happen if a big city lawyer fell in love with a farmer? (Pursued)
Sometimes a scene just pops in my head from nowhere. Like when a woman receives a phone call from a young girl asking for her aunt and she knows it can’t be for her because she doesn’t have a niece. Or does she? (Deception)
Sometimes a story comes about because of characters from another story. Both Betrayed and Redemption happened because I wanted to know what happened after Deception.
My Deadly Communications series happened when my writing life crashed into my other life as a speech pathologist. The series features a speech pathologist who gets way too involved with her clients!
One time I even had a dream that inspired a story. (Birthright). So, like I said my story ideas can come from anywhere at any time. My latest book, GAME ON, is no exception. I got it from watching a TV talk show of all things. Of course, all I got from the show was a germ of an idea.
After that it’s all about creating the story. One of the things I do is ask myself a lot of questions. In Game On, I knew I wanted the two characters to have a past with each other. Then I had to ask myself questions why it hadn’t worked out with them back then and why it wouldn’t work out now.
That’s how I came up with the fact he was rich (still is) and she was poor (not so much now). Never a good start to a relationship. And as we all know the rich parents had to get involved because they don’t want their son to get involved with that girl from the other side of the tracks.
But so what? Time has a way of making all that less important. So, then I had to come up with a secret that would come between them now. And I did! And it’s a BIGGIE!
Then there was the obstacle of “real life.” He’s a politician who golfs with the president and she’s a private investigator who likes to wear jeans. After that it was time to sit down at the computer and see what happens!
To celebrate the release of GAME ON, I’m giving away a virtual basket of goodies at www.lillian-duncan.com that including Amazon gift cards. For all the details go to my blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes. Simply leave a comment on the blog post GAME ON at www.lillian-duncan.com and you’ll be entered.
And don’t forget to check out the book trailer for GAME ON at: YouTube
BY Lillian Duncan
Politics is no game when a stalker nears and there’s nowhere to hide.
A run for the senate is just a step on the road to the White House for Congressman Lucas McMann. But his public profile has put him in the middle of a crazed gunman’s twisted game of stalking. If he wants to win the election and reclaim his life, he’ll need the help of the one person who’d rather leave their past behind them.
Private Investigator Nikki Kent knows how to dig up secrets and discover those who exist in the shadows. She should. She’s good at hiding secrets of her own. Can she risk her own discovery for someone so desperate for her help? For the first man who broke her heart?
With new-found faith, she’ll help Lucas search for the answers. But with the truth comes a danger they must face together.
GAME ON EXCERPT:
Lucan McMann walked down the street, pretending everything was normal. With his premature gray hair and his expensive suit , he looked the part of a senator even if he wasn’t one yet. And he never would be—if something didn’t change soon.
Scanning the area, his heart rate increased with every step. Only the strictest discipline kept him from breaking into a run. If he did that, then they’d know he knew.
He didn’t know why he’d been chosen to play the game. He didn’t know what they wanted. He didn’t even know who they were. There were many things he didn’t know about the game, but Lucas knew one thing. In the end, he would be the winner.
The situation was intolerable, possibly even dangerous.
As he forced his footsteps to slow, his gaze flitted from person to person. Was the young girl with spiked pink hair one of them? Or the older man dressed as a tourist? Or the well-dressed man pretending to be a businessman?
It could be any of them or all of them. They were everywhere. No matter where he went, he couldn’t get away from their prying eyes or their cameras. And now not even his home was safe. As they’d proven last week.
The Washington Monument towered over the city.
After all that he’d lost, his career was the only thing he had left. He’d never become the next US senator from North Carolina if he couldn’t stop them. There was no way he could focus on the upcoming election if these people kept hounding him.
It was part of the plan his father had mapped out years before. It had worked perfectly up to this point. First, local government, then the state. He’d been a US congressman for the past four years. Now it was time to move up to the Senate. Each step moved him closer to his ultimate goal—the White House.
President Lucas McMann? He wasn’t even sure how he felt about that anymore. But his father had wanted this so badly, Lucas owed it to his dad to at least try now that he’d passed.
Focusing on the well-known landmark, Lucas regained a little more control of his thoughts, his emotions, and his rationality.
To win this game, he needed a new plan—one to stop them. To end the game for good.
About the Author:
Lillian Duncan…Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.
Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in Ohio Amish country with her husband. After more than 30 years working as a speech pathologist for children, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.
Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense and mystery with a touch of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us. To learn more about Lillian, you may visit her at www.lillianduncan.net or www.lillian-duncan.com. She also has a devotional blog at www.PowerUpWithGod.com.