Guest Blogger Lilian Duval: An Author’s Funny Story About Herself

During author interviews, sometimes I’ll be asked to tell a quirky or funny story about my life. Well, here’s a true story that can form the basis for a piece of fiction:

I was a student at the University of Massachusetts and had just broken up with my boyfriend of several months. It was hard to do, as such things are, but it was the right thing, and I was feeling free. So I went to dinner in one of the student cafeterias and sat by myself at an empty table, relishing my solitude.

Soon a masculine voice asked, “Mind if I sit here?” I was just going to say no, because I really wanted to be alone, when I looked up and saw a smiling, good-looking Asian fellow with a tray. The following thoughts zipped into my brain: 1-If I say no, he’ll think I’m a bigot. 2-But what if he’s too short for me?

Weird? Very weird. Some odd circuit in my head indicated that I was going to marry this guy, whoever he was. I’m 5-foot-7 and didn’t want to tower over my future husband. Whaaaat? Future husband? All he wanted to do was sit at my table!


1-He’s not too short for me.

2-We got married and had 3 kids.

3-We’re still married.

4-He’s still the love of my life.

5-He miraculously escaped from One World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

6-And I thank my lucky stars that he did.

Happy reading to all!

Lilian Duval has been fascinated with lottery winners for years, and they’re the inspiration for her intriguing novel You Never Know, which explores how an ordinary man copes with terrible luck, and later, amazing luck, when he wins the Mega-Millions lottery. Her story collection, Random Acts of Kindness, will be published in 2012.

Lilian and her husband are both survivors of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. They live in a small house in New Jersey overlooking a large county park. She’s an amateur classical guitarist and enjoys attending concerts, plays, and movies in New York City.

Lilian’s latest book is You Never Know: Tales of Tobias, an Accidental Lottery Winner.

You can visit her website at or follow her at Twitter at and Facebook at


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