Sunday, December 19, 2010

with Diane and David Munson

What verse is special to you right now?
In John 15:1 Jesus says: “I am the true vine and my father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while very branch that does bear fruit he trims clean so that it will be even more fruitful.” He goes on to tell us that we are the branches and that no branch can bear fruit by itself: It must remain in the vine. That’s what we are trying to do with our writing and with our lives as we search for ways to glorify God each day. Redeeming Liberty is our fifth novel and a labor of love. When situations are difficult or people fail us, we are comforted to know God may be at work pruning us to be more fruitful. We have also been praying about and considering what it means to be a branch of God. In His creation, branches bear flowers and fruit, provide shade, and stir the wind. Branches of many trees lose their leaves in winter and are God’s true creation. Do you ever wonder how creation mirrors the gospel?

What do you do in your free time?
Writing, then releasing a new thriller each year means lots of focused time researching. As we travel in support of our writing, we stop for a hike in God’s creation, snapping photos of soaring eagles, black bear, majestic moose or gentle manatees. We love good movies, such as those made from Jane Austen novels. Robert Whitlow’s newest movie, “The Trial” from his second novel is superb. Besides Whitlow, Diane loves to read George MacDonald, Grace Livingston Hill, and biographies. David likes Brock and Bodie Thoene’s Zion Chronicles and Zion Covenant series. We are both involved in music ministry at our church and are always interested in missions.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Diane - Do I have to love chocolate so much? I also want to be more tech savvy as we have launched a fan page on Facebook and have gone live on Twitter.
David – Having to correct so many other drivers out there. Driving in the passing lane, passing on the right, etc. Whew, it’s exhausting.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
Diane – I learned a lot from Dawn Ahern, the federal probation officer who appeared in an earlier novel, about how to strengthen my faith during trying times. In Redeeming Liberty, we explore how Dawn responds to difficult circumstances. Will her faith get her through or will she overcome with worry? She goes on her first mission trip to Sudan and is thrilled to meet Liberty in her village. It’s a beautiful trip until something horrible happens before Dawn’s eyes, changing her life forever. She reaches deep into her spirit to find courage for her quest in redeeming Liberty, though at times she is stymied and must ask others for help. Life comes at us so fast and furious. We are not islands and need friends to help us accomplish our goals.
David – It was a challenge for me to reveal more about Wally, a lost boy from Sudan. He was first introduced in two of our earlier novels where he works as a waiter and attends college. He is actually inspired by four young lost “youth” (two boys and two girls) who we’ve met since they arrived in the U.S. as refugees from rebel militias. Even after living in America for fifteen years, studying business, buying and insuring cars, and being exposed to nice Christian women, Wally chooses to buy cows as a bride price so he can marry a woman from his village in Sudan that he hasn’t seen in all those years. I find most interesting Wally’s connection to two cultures and his rejection of some of our American culture in favor of what many of us consider much less desirable.

If this book is part of a series, tell us about the series.
Our five novels are “companions” to each other as two federal agents, Eva Montanna and Griff Topping, appear in each one. However, each thriller begins and ends a particular storyline. They can be read in any order. In our High-Velocity suspense, we give readers a glimpse into tomorrow’s headlines and how federal agents, some of whom are believers and others who are not, put their lives on the line to fight our enemies. We sprinkle in doses of romance, humor, and snappy dialogue to give readers a fun adventure in these perilous times.

What part of writing do you enjoy the most?
Hands down, working together! When one of us is down, the other is usually up. It helps make what some call a “gorilla” business, light and easy.

What sparks a story for you?
Great question! It’s one many readers ask because much of what we write pops up on the news. Many of our ideas come from our past careers in the law and law enforcement. The sinful nature of humankind is forever revealed in the criminal mind and provides endless fodder for our thrillers. We see such issues in the world all around us and it’s a matter of connecting the dots. Our novels are based on real events. In Redeeming Liberty, we write about the conflict in Sudan between the north and south. Please pray for the upcoming election (January 2011) in Sudan. The Christians in Southern Sudan want freedom from the Arab north.

Who buys your books?
From our informal surveys at book signings and according to Amazon people who buy our thrillers also buy from the following authors: James Scott Bell, Terri Blackstock, Don Brown, Irene Hannon, Dee Henderson, Karen Kingsbury, DiAnn Mills, Joel Rosenberg, Randy Singer and Robert Whitlow. We write so our titles are family friendly and appropriate for teens on up. Some homeschoolers buy our first three titles (Facing Justice, Confirming Justice, and The Camelot Conspiracy) for their high school students, as they present the justice system, governmental operations, and the JFK assassination in an accurate and enjoyable way to learn. Facing Justice and Confirming Justice are available as eBooks.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
We’ve started on Rider’s Storm (working title) which may be out in the summer or fall of 2012. It features CIA agent Bo Rider and a television evangelist who get caught up in an international as well as a personal storm of epic proportions. Readers who have finished Redeeming Liberty are already asking us about the next thriller. Stay tuned!

Patty here, and I can tell you from experience that teens love these books. LoL, and so did my 80-something year old friend, Betty. I had to hide Redeeming Liberty from my daughter (the teen, not the 80+ year old) so she could study for finals without distraction. Her first day at home was spent gripping Redeeming Liberty while sitting on the edge of the seat. No exaggeration, either! =]

Diane and David are giving away a copy of Redeeming Liberty. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Joanne Sher said...

Enter me please! :)

Julie Arduini said...

Reading this post made me go see if our local library has their older titles, and they do. I have a feeling these two will be on my favorite author list. Thanks for featuring them!

Anonymous said...

Julie, you'll love the Munson's books! I was thrilled to see this one here!


Hope said...

Please enter me; I really want to read this one!

Charity said...

Thank you for another chance at this one:) Really hoping to win it. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for another chance!


Maureen said...

I really want to read this...Thank You.


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Nice interview

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Anonymous said...

After reading this interview, I am even more interested in reading these authors' books. Nothing like being able to relate to an author--I am always being told, "You can't drive for everyone else on the road." ;-)

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Meredith said...

Please enter me! This sounds like an interesting book!

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