*guest author Lillian Duncan
Can a writer of suspense novels make a difference in a life? Surely not, you say. It might be good entertainment but that’s where it ends. Not so, I say.
Jesus used stories to teach a point. People love stories. Can you honestly say there hasn’t been a book or a movie that changed your opinion on a matter of importance? If you can, I believe you but that puts you in the minority.
Stories can touch our hearts, stir our imagination, and teach us. Stories allow us to see the truth without the actual experience. Stories give us the opportunity to learn, change, and grow without all the growing pains.
My latest novel—DECEPTION was recently released. And I’m soooooo excited about it.
This is a book that wouldn’t go away. I wrote it several years ago, but couldn’t find a publisher. I put it away and started working on something else but….the story nagged at me…pestered me…wouldn’t let me alone.
So, I started working on it again. Got some nibbles on the rewrite. More than nibbles, really—some editors and publishers were very interested. But again, the deal fell through. Uh..sigh…what’s a writer to do?
I put it away and started another project. But….again it wouldn’t let me alone. This story wouldn’t get out of my head and for a good reason.
I wrote it after the death of a dear friend with whom I was estranged from. I’d always planned to reconnect with her—when the time was right. But I waited too long.
Lesson learned. It was a painful lesson.
What was the lesson? In life, you aren’t guaranteed second chances.
So when an opportunity presents itself—you better take it. There may not be a second chance. Forgive the people you love and even the ones you don’t. Because again—there may not be a second chance.
In DECEPTION, Patti is estranged from her twin sister. And with good reason, but as the story proceeds Patti comes to understand being right isn’t a good enough of a reason to be estranged from a loved one.
And I believe that’s why this story wouldn’t go away and leave me alone. There’s a message to be learned and I’m sure each of us have learned it or need to learn it. I’m hoping people will read DECEPTION and decide to reconnect with that friend or family member before it’s too late.
If one person reconnects with an estranged loved one, then I’ve succeeded. And that’s why I write stories of faith….mingled with murder and mayhem.
To learn more about Lillian and her books visit: www.lillianduncan.net.
She’s been a speech-language pathologist for over thirty years. Most of those years were in the Cleveland Municipal School district where she worked primarily with deaf and hard-of-hearing students. As a writer, speech pathologist, and an educator, she believes in the power of words to change lives, especially God’s Word.