Lilly Maytree is in Alaska today...

Lilly Maytree is in Alaska, today...looking for adventure and divine appointments. Want to follow along? Enter her ARMCHAIR TRAVELERS PORTAL


The Next Big Thing...

I was blog tagged by Lynn C. Willis, last week (thank you, Lynn) and invited to participate in The Next Big Thing! So, here we go, dear readers, with some answers that pertain to my own soon-to-be-released novel...
Another inspirational adventure from Pelican Book Group...

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Hmm... I am from a previous generation, and (to tell you the truth) haven’t been to a movie theater in several years. So, I’m unfamiliar with most of the latest stars. However, my editor recently mentioned her choice of  Matthew McConaughey, so I would probably add Sandra Bullock. Then, again, I’d much prefer readers to “choose their own.”

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 

The confession of a dying Nazi war criminal sends journalist, Dee Parker on the treasure hunt of a life-time… oblivious to the fact that the CIA has been watching the case for years.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 

First draft, about a year.  Many rewrites interspersed over several more. Final draft after I discovered the definition of a Christian worldview (thank you, Chip MacGregor)... six months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre

Having thought I came up with the “inspirational adventure” genre all by myself, I wouldn’t know. But if there are others out there, please pipe up, as I would love to read them!

Who or What inspired you to write this book? 

This book has been bubbling and simmering at the back of my brain for many years. The idea came to me one night as I was following an errant cat down onto some fishing docks in the Pacific Northwest, and stumbled onto an old relic of a sailing vessel that was rumored to have been chartered by the notorious Hermann Goering during WWII.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? 

Many of us are working at dream jobs that turned out not to be so dreamy. So, I was wondering how many would take a chance on treasure hunting if we suddenly got a hot lead no one else had ever heard about. Which is what I happen to be doing myself, in real life, at this very moment... if I were going to be perfectly honest about it.

Well, there you have it. Thanks so much for dropping by for this little “game of tag” dear readers, and I hope you’ll keep your eye out for THE PANDORA BOX when it hits the shelves. Meanwhile, I'm going to pass the baton to five of my own favorite authors, and hope you will join me in seeing what they have lined up next for their readers, too. I know I can't wait to find out!


  1. That sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it :)

    1. Thank you, Clare, it was an amazing experience to come upon an actual piece of history, like that, and it definitely sparked my imagination!

  2. Sounds wonderful, Lilly! I can't wait!

    1. Hi, Donna... thanks so much for stopping by. Yes, I hope THE PANDORA BOX is as much fun to read as it was to write. Haven't been able to get the saltwater out of my veins, since!

  3. OOOOHHHH I love it. Have to get onboard.

  4. Come ahead, Marcia... we will have good times together!

  5. Linking backwards from Jayne to see where this all came from. Just getting my tags ready to go.
    Blessings on your book,
    Have to link from Google as Wordpress doesn't get along with Blogger.

    1. Thank you, Jan, it's nice to meet you! I'd like to know where it started, myself. Though I haven't solved that mystery, yet, it has been fun visiting all the blogs.

  6. Just so you know--it was just as much fun for me to read and it was for you to write!

    Oh, blast! I was going to tag you for The Next Big Thing! Interesting blog.

    1. And I'm so glad you did, Carol, because your opinion is going to ride right along in the front of the book. Thank you so much!

      Now, I better head over and see what your "Next Big Thing" is... which you are probably done with by now, since I am answering these comments at my usual turtle pace!