Lillian is a multi-published writer who writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.
To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net. She also has a devotional blog at: www.PowerUpWithGod.com as well as her personal blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at www.lillian-duncan.com
The Story Behind The Story
I’m often asked where I get my ideas from. It’s not an easy question to answer. I don’t have a one-size-fits-all answer for this question.
It seems as if every story has its own story. But let me assure you that they don’t come from own life experiences! I’ve never been involved in a murder mystery or had someone intent on killing me! At least not that I know of!
Some of my stories start from a single scene that’s popped into my head. Others come from a situation, such as Pursued. In that story, I wanted to explore the differences between city people and country folk but wanted a twist so my female character was the powerful lawyer who finds herself attracted to a farmer.
Betrayed and Redemption came from characters that were first introduced in Deception. And Deception came from a scene that popped into my head about a little girl and a phone call. My Deadly Communication series came from two different conversations I had in the same week.
So each story has its own story.
My latest book, BIRTHRIGHT, has a unique story. It came from a dream I had. So far, it’s the only one that happened that way.
One night I had a dream. The moment I woke up I ran up to my computer and wrote a paragraph about the dream. Later that day, I added a few more paragraphs…and that was the beginning of BIRTHRIGHT.
Not only is BIRTHRIGHT unique because of how it came to be, but it’s also unique because it’s completely different from my other books. I write suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense, but this is a supernatural horror story.
Definitely out of the box for me. I love to read books like that, such as those by Frank Peretti and James L. Rubart.
But I never thought I’d write one.
When it was finished, it was finished. It was a story I wrote for myself. Mostly so I could get it out of my head. I didn’t submit it to be considered for publication. But every now and then I’d take it out, read it, revise and polish it a bit more. I loved the story, but didn’t do anything about getting it published.
After I turned my final edits in for the next in my Deadly Communication series (Deadly Intent), I started working on a different novel, but suddenly BIRTHRIGHT seemed to be calling my name.
This time I listened.
Here’s the blurb:
Is evil real? Does it prowl around like a lion searching for its next victim?
Sam Langstrom knows the answer to those questions. He’s known since he was a child. Evil is not only real, but his birthright.
But can a man change his destiny?
With God’s help, Sam believes he’s put the ghosts of his childhood behind him. Now a preacher with a wife and a child of his own, life is good. Right up until that moment when his house explodes in front of his eyes—with his child inside.
The ghosts are back.
He has one chance to save his child, but to do so means to turn his back on God. Will he accept his birthright—bow down to the evil? Will he give the lion its final victory—his soul?
Lillian, I'm sure many readers will be glad you listened.
As an author, I can understand how a story gets under your skin and refuses to let go until it's told.
Thanks for being on Behind Every Story again. I always enjoy highlighting your novels. Just like the others, BirthRight sounds like a must read.