I am happy to be part of the release launch and tour for Embrace, the brand new NA imprint at Entangled Publishing. Today I have for you a guest post by Mary Duncanson the author of Trouble Come Knocking.
Trouble Comes Knocking by Mary Duncanson
It’s hard not to answer when trouble comes knocking
A girl who can’t forget…
Twenty-two-year-old Lucy Carver is like Sherlock Holmes in ballet flats, but her eidetic memory is more albatross than asset, and something she usually keeps hidden. When she notices that something’s amiss at her dead-end job, she jumps at the chance to finally use her ability for good. That is, until, a man is murdered, and she becomes the target of the killer.
A detective on his first case…
Detective Eli Reyes is overbearing, pompous, way too hot for Lucy’s own good, and seems as determined to ruin her relationship with her boyfriend, John, as finding the murderer. He brings Lucy in on the case, thinking she can help him get to the truth, only to cut her loose when he realizes he’s gotten far more than he ever bargained for.
A past that won’t go away…
When memories from her childhood invade her present, Lucy discovers a mystery bigger than she could have imagined. With the killer still after her, and Eli nowhere to be found, she takes things into her own hands, determined to expose the truth no matter what—before trouble comes knocking…again.
Try it for yourself! Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK
Favourite Scene to Write
So often we as writers fixate on our babies...those scenes that answer that special need inside of us, that, “this is why I’m meant to write,” need. Maybe it’s the tone, or the language, maybe it’s the scene where we’re finally able to work in that story about our first high school crush or heartache. Maybe it’s just a very unexpected scene, something that turns out so completely different than anything we ever imagined ourselves capable of writing that we know we will go to bat against the Devil himself if that’s what it takes to protect that scene.
Me? I’m okay with killing those babies the second someone says they don’t work. Those scenes are awesome, don’t get me wrong, but they aren’t the end all, be all of my books. My favorite scenes to write are those scenes that make it impossible for me to sleep. Those scenes that are so incredibly out of my comfort zone that I dread writing them for weeks before I get to them. The scenes that stretch me as a writer and when I’m done writing them I think, “my God, what is this slop?” If a scene makes me question myself as a writer and wonder if maybe I should go back to studying toward being a doctor, that scene ends up being my favorite scene to write.Could be I have a thing for underdogs, that I want to see the roughed up little ragamuffin win the big game. Could be that I’m a masochist. I’m not sure. Thing is, it’s way too easy to write the babies. If I stuck to only loving the easy stuff, I’d never grow as a writer. It’s like in life, if things are easy on us all the time, how would we grow? No, I didn’t want to be in that rollover car crash when I was eighteen, it was horrifying. But I look back on it now and I learned so much from it. Ask me what happened the day before that crash. I couldn’t tell you. I remember every detail of that day, though.
And when it comes down to my favorite scenes, years after I’ve written the books? Chances are I won’t remember those babies. I wrote them for me. I will, however, remember those scenes that made me struggle and stretch and decide over and over again that yes, I am meant to be a writer.
About the Author
Mary Duncanson, who also writes as Mary Malcolm, lives in North Texas with a menagerie of animals and feral roommates. She is currently looking to adopt a husband, preferably housebroken, preferably as silly as her. When she’s not corraling her household, she’s talking to the characters in her head and hoping they talk back. When she’s not doing all that, she can be found wandering around Central Market with a happy, drooly foodie look on her face. Do not judge her, it is her Mecca.Mary’s been writing since she was a teenager though spent quite a few years studying toward becoming a doctor before she realized she wanted to be a full-time author. Unfortunately, the people who own her student loans still want to be paid for the years they supported her medical dreams. Mary lives on a steady diet of coffee and chocolate and believes, like Eleanor Roosevelt, that people should believe in the beauty of their dreams. She also believes people should ignore the word should because really, it’s kind of a judgmental word. Mary dreams of one day living as a full-time, well paid novelist (hint, hint) and also of one day traveling to Chile to pay homage to her soul mate, Pablo Neruda