Get in Trouble with 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.

Mary Duncanson, who sometimes writes as Mary Malcolm, lives in North Texas with a menagerie of animals and roommates. She is currently looking to adopt a husband, preferably housebroken, preferably as silly as her. When she’s not on Facebook goofing around, 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 she 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.

She lives on a steady diet of coffee and chocolate and feels, like Eleanor Roosevelt, that people should believe in the beauty of their dreams. Also, that 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 traveling to Chile to pay homage to her soul mate, Pablo Neruda.


CLOVER: How often to you get lost in a story?
MARY: I don’t think I’m ever Not lost in a story. Even as I’m working on this I’m thinking about what’s coming next for Lucy in the Trouble series. I’m thinking about the three books I want to write to follow up on the Texas Millionaire’s series. I’ve got a series of young adult books I want to write...gah. So many words, so little time.

CLOVER: So you have more stories in your head then you have time to write them. Good for us, crazy brains for you. What has drawn you to write in the New Adult genre?
MARY: I think it has so much potential. I have a heck of a lot of nieces and nephews and I know that as they get older, they don’t always transition into adult books all that well. They go from loving Young Adult to pretty much not reading anything. So I see this as a stop-gap genre that will hopefully transition those readers into loving older books.

CLOVER: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
MARY: I don’t know if I have a favorite of all time, but I absolutely love Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. My favorite *OMG I can’t believe I’m telling anyone this* movies of all time are Young Guns II, and Little Shop of Horrors. Oh, and my favorite movie that I love OH SO MUCH, but rarely watch is Like Water for Chocolate.

CLOVER: What do you do to unwind and relax?
MARY: Reading, of course. Or cooking. I also love to crochet. And, another of course, playing with my animals. I’ve got three cutie pie dogs and an adorable and sweet cat. I love these little critters. *big heart*

CLOVER: What’s your favorite cartoon character?

MARY: I’m going for a duo with this one...Pinky and the Brain. It was such a brilliant show and I loved all of the inside jokes and watching as they tried in each episode...to take over the world. Muah ha ha ha ha!!!

CLOVER’S GOTTA ASK: Besides, uh, taking over the world, what dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
MARY’S GOTTA ANSWER:   The biggest is that I’m able now to work as a full-time, stay-at-home author. I’ve wanted this since I was thirteen and to be able to live that dream is magical. I’ve lived in my head my entire life but didn’t think I’d get a chance to put what I love on paper, much less that people would want to read what I wrote. I’m exceptionally thankful that my readers have made this all possible for me. 

MARY: Next is UNSPOKEN TROUBLE due out in early(ish) 2014. After that, BURNING TROUBLE in late 2014 and the follow up Texas Millionaire’s book in early 2015.

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  1. Hi Clover!

    Thank you so much for having me today! I'm so excited to be here!


    1. Glad to have you, Mary. Always a good time when you're around!

  2. Hmm... my dream job if money isn't an issue? I would love to translate Latin.... or solve math puzzles all day long. :) A bit geeky, I know... but I enjoyed it in school. Especially if there's no tests involved, I would love it! :)

    Pinky and the brain is brilliant btw. :)

    1. I LOVE math puzzles! I loved math in school, especially Trig, and could spend all day solving proofs if someone would let me. I think that's why I love writing about Lucy so much. She's pretty nerdy, too, and I imagine she and I would definitely work on those puzzles together. ;)

      Oh! Here's my favorite math pick-up line: I wish I was sine squared and you were cosine squared, 'cause together, we'd be one. *LOL*

      Feel free to use it. ;)

  3. Congratulations, Mary !!
    I'm doing it. I've waited a long time to be a writer and I'm living my dream (thanks, Tim for making it possible...because money is involved. LOL) ~Angi

    1. Congratulations, Angi! You've been doing a fabulous job of it, too! I get excited every time I see you've made a new sale. Great job!

  4. Good morning, Mary! Your blurb sounds fabulous, says the lover of romantic suspense and mysteries. Gosh, if I had money, I'd probably do what I'm doing right now, but I'd have two offices. One overlooking the water, one so I could stare out at the mountains, and both so I could hide from my husband! Best wishes on your writing. Great interview, Clover!

    1. Good Morning Donnell! I'm so glad you liked the blurb! There's an excerpt in the interview for Trouble Comes Knocking, AND...there is a brand spanking new (rough draft) excerpt of the beginning of Unspoken Trouble on my website if anyone wants to check it out!

    2. Thanks Donnell. Mary is a fun interviewee, isn't she?

  5. Someone who travels around the world

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. Can I come with? That's my dream as well...

    2. Heck to the yes! I'd go to Chile!! Where would you two go??

    3. Great interview! Mary never ceases to be entertaining and real at the same time. I have no doubt she will be famous one day. And if money were no factor, I would be working with animals in some capacity. One of my earliest desires was to be a veterinarian. I would settle for doing animal rescues and convincing people to adopt. And then maybe I would write about it. ;)

    4. The UK would be my first stop, visiting Scotland, Ireland, England, and France first...then on to Germany I think...

  6. I think I'd like to own a combination bakery/chocolate shop. Just those smells alone would make me happy...and probably 50 pounds heavier. LOL

    Marcy Shuler

  7. If money wasn't an object, I think I'd want to be a musician and play all the best instruments in the world. I just think of all those baby grands with the newest technology like having the sheet music digitally in the piano and knows when to turn the pages...that would be amazing! I'd never stop playing!!


  8. I think I'd love to own a sports team. As a sports fan, I always see stuff that I think the owners should do for the fans and I'd love to put my stamp on something that so affects a community/city and sometimes even broader than that!

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

  9. Such amazing dreams! I love all these answers so much. I think I'm going to hold off on picking a winner until Friday. I would love to see more dreams if anyone wants to share this with their friends!

  10. Congratulations Marcy Shuler! You won! I'll send you your gift card this afternoon. Thanks to everyone for stopping by and making my visit so wonderful!