Mystery and Mayhem! Oh My!


From GasWorks Park in Seattle, where Beth, the heroine in “Breaking Free” and her bestie enjoy a lovely summer outdoor concert. Ask me about the real life story behind this! And see more “Breaking Free” scene pics on Pinterest:

With every novel release, readers often ask me, “Is this book based on your life?” My response: “In bits.” Then I leave it to them to decipher which parts are real, or at least, partially real. 😉 I’m noticing a new trend however, one that could easily alter my love for writing. (Well, not really. My brain would explode should my fingers cease typing, but things have become a tad creepy. Thrice now, storyworld has come alive, after the fact for me, and two of those times were in some pretty significant ways. I’ll have to share. But not today. Today we’re talking … murder, and how much of mystery writers Lillian Duncan’s nail biting scenes originate from her day to day.

Is This Book Based On Your Life?
by Lillian Duncan

Is This Book Based On Your Life? I should hope not since I write suspense and mystery novels, detective-1039883_640but people ask me that question anyway. Let me assure you, I’ve never been running for my life or hunting down a killer. And I’m pretty sure if the opportunity came up, I would say NO thank you and call the police instead.

So then how do I come up with my ideas? It varies from book to book. In fact, I’d say that almost every book I’ve written had a different start to it.

Sometimes, I come up with a premise, such as what would happen if a big city lawyer fell in love with a farmer? (Pursued)

Often a scene just pops in my head from nowhere. Like when a woman receives a phone business-19148_640call 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 to my characters 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!

Birthright, my only horror novel, was based on a dream I had. As soon as I woke up, I ran to my computer and wrote it down. That night, I wrote some more and some more and some more!

So, like I said my story ideas can come from anywhere at any time. GAME ON is no exception. I got it from watching a TV talk show of all things. And no, I’m not going to tell you which, but I can assure you it wasn’t Jerry Springer! Of course, all I got from the show vintage-tv-1116587_640was a germ of an idea. After that it’s all about the work and the creativity

So what’s GAME ON about? Congressman, Lucas McMann wants to throw his hat into the political arena for the U.S. Senate. It’s the next step on his journey to the White House, but he believes he’s the victim of an elaborate stalking game.

The problem is no one believes him.

He can’t move forward until he stops the game. He can’t stop the game until he discovers who’s behind it. To do that he needs someone who believes him enough to help him get the proof he so desperately needs.

And he knows just the person.

If only she’s put their past behind her.

secret-1142327_640Private Investigator, Nikki Kent makes a living finding out other people’s secrets, but she has one of her own. When Lucas shows up asking for her help, she refuses. She can’t take the chance of her secret coming to light. But her new-found faith won’t let her turn her back on someone who is desperate for her help—even if he was the first man to break her heart!

Game On is filled with enough twists and turns that it should keep any reader turning those pages late into the night. I really had fun writing it and hope readers will have fun reading it. My publisher outdid herself with the book trailer for GAME ON so I hope you’ll check it out at:

To celebrate the release of GAME ON, I’m giving away a virtual basket of goodies at, 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 and you’ll be entered. Be sure to tell me what blog you read about my new book on. Thanks!


Politics is no game when a stalker nears and there’s nowhere to hide.

Game OnA 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.

Check out the book trailer video for GAME ON at

Find Game On on Amazon and Pelican Books.


Lillian DuncanLillian 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 or She also has a devotional blog at

Your turn! Have you ever read something in a book then later had the scenario or event play out in real life? Or maybe have you encountered something so strange you thought, ‘This would make a great story!’ Share your stories and experiences with us in the comments below.

Before you go, I absolutely must invite you to visit me and my hilariously goofy writer friends at Modern Day Mishaps where we’ve been mishapping all over the place!

When a grown woman’s ice breaking statement includes the phrase “DNA swapping,” you cringe. Then run the other direction. Read about Mikal Hermanns incredibly awkward moment HERE.

And what happens when a slightly flighty writer is turned loose in the chaotic, and slightly terrifying Atlanta airport terminal, when her real life hero is hours away and absolutely powerless to help her? Find out HERE.

Then there’s the little parenting fiasco that occurred the day before I met the sweet the Krista Phillips. Moms, you need to read this one on your worst day. It’ll make you feel better. Seriously. 😉 Read all about her no good, rotten, and rather stinky day HERE.



About Jennifer Slattery

Novelist and speaker Jennifer Slattery, also writing as Jen Pheobus, uses humor, grace, and truth to inspire God's children to live abundant, Christ-centered lives. She does content editing for Firefly, a southern fiction imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, and is a regular contributor to; Internet Cafe Devotions; Faith, Friends and Chocolate; and manages the social media for Takin’ it to the Streets, a ministry that serves Omaha’s working poor and homeless. She’s placed in numerous writing contests and her work has appeared in numerous compilations, magazines, and e-zines.
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