Friday, December 16, 2011

with Diane and David Munson

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, David and Diane!
Is there a story behind this book?

Yes! Our faith in God in troubled times and His protection over David in his cases has a huge place in The Joshua Covenant. Also we have both been more alert to events in Israel, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon since 9/11, to which readers of our first novel, Facing Justice can relate. We have been studying what the Bible says about Israel and have begun to better understand the prophetic books in the Bible. So as we finished our last novel, Redeeming Liberty with CIA agent Bo Rider being sent to Israel, we researched the region where people have been fighting for thousands of years.

Through much prayer and discussion, we believe we have crafted another spy thriller that readers will find gives them a glimpse of tomorrow’s headlines. The more we wrote about Bo’s struggles to stop an enemy spy in America’s embassy in Tel Aviv, the more we realized this is a story of God’s promises to His people. Bo comes face-to-face with what that means for today and not just thousands of years ago when Joshua brought the Israelites across the Jordan River. The Bible tells us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, which takes on new meaning with all that is happening in Egypt, Libya and Iran.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
For secular suspense, David reads Scott Turow, another former Federal prosecutor, who has six novels and doesn’t write them often enough. He also reads some of the Theones’ books and is an avid researcher for all our technical themes.

For The Joshua Covenant, Diane consumed a myriad of books on prophecy, including one by David Jeremiah. She enjoys Joel Rosenberg, Robert Whitlow, Terri Blackstock, recently adding Colleen Coble. Also high on her list are George MacDonald’s novels, which blend mystery with a strong spiritual emphasis. For nonfiction, the last book Diane read was by Jim Samra, The Gift of Church, with Radical on her to-read list.

David was an NCIS agent. Are your books at all like the popular TV show?
Those who watch the show with the highest ratings on TV know NCIS has a large cast. So do our books. Like the TV show, our major characters, i.e., federal agents Eva Montanna, Griff Topping, and Bo Rider, return in our subsequent thrillers. However, as NCIS can be watched in any order, so it is with our books. Each of our novels begins and ends an episode. David worked in foreign counter intelligence, so some of our thrillers have international spying themes. His criminal law enforcement and Diane’s Federal prosecutions/legal work provide for the exciting suspense themes at home here in the U.S. Click here to see a trailer comparing David to the show’s star Mark Harmon.
On our blog, TwoExFeds News Wrap, we comment on news events and critique each week’s episode of NCIS.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
“Oh David, can we tell about that strange day in Kazakhstan when we were surrounded by KGB agents?” Diane’s heart started pounding even asking the question.

“Yeah, that was incredible, Diane. All we were doing was trying to defend a mission organization when a murder occurred right outside their gate. How could we know that we’d incur the wrath of the KGB?”

Sweat beaded on David’s forehead as he remembered the close call he had in the former Soviet Union country.

Diane reached over and squeezed his hand. “Our time there gave me insights into the dangers you faced in your work. I’m so thankful you were there supporting me. And to think we negotiated with the KGB, the mayor, and the Police Chief, all in the span of two days. I was never so glad as when our airplane finally landed back in the States.”

“Me too! I guess it was all in God’s timing,” David said, flashing a grand smile. “We almost didn’t go on that trip.”

(Read our third novel, The Camelot Conspiracy, for more intrigues about Kazakhstan)

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Diane would much rather write, photograph nature, create scrapbook pages, watch NCIS or almost anything besides going after dust bunnies. They’re no fun at all. LOL

David eats what he detests first (broccoli anyone?) so he can enjoy the rest. That’s how he lives life.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
We both love to celebrate Thanksgiving, with all the fixings such as creamy mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and loads of tasty vegetables. David had never seen a family that eats as many vegetables as Diane’s. One summer, David cooked a turkey outside on the gas grill for our extended family, and we called it Thanksgiving in July. The November holiday is also a wonderful day to share with family and to thank God for all our blessings.
Here’s a recipe for apple stuffing Diane has made over the years:

Apple Stuffing
Cut into cubes a loaf of wheat bread, with the crusts.
Sauté a small diced onion and three diced celery stalks in olive oil, enough to coat the pan, adding a couple pats of butter.
Toss in a half-cup of crumbled pecans and warm through.
Dice two apples with the peeling and sauté separately in butter for 2-3 minutes, until softened.
Combine with the bread mixture in a large bowl, seasoning with salt and pepper.
Add enough chicken broth and apple juice to thoroughly moisten.
Bake for one hour in a 325 degree oven, adding more broth if dry.
Serve with roasted turkey or chicken and enjoy.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
So many verses in the book of John show us the truth of Jesus Christ. John 1:1 reveals Jesus is the Word from the beginning of time, He is part of the Godhead, and Jesus created all things. How fantastic is that? John 3:16 shares the gift of Jesus sent by God the Father. In John 14:6, Jesus shares how He is “the Way, the Truth, the Life. No one comes through the Father except through Me.” The Love of Jesus is pure, it never leaves us when we seek Him, and lasts for eternity. Jesus is the hope for all the world.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Night Flight will be released in the fall of 2012. Bo and Julia Rider adopt a Golden Retriever for their kids, Glenna and Gregg, without telling them that Blaze was a working dog. When Glenna and Gregg discover Blaze has special powers they put him to work and become crime-busters. While our next thriller is aimed at teens, we think adults will also enjoy the family friendly excitement and intrigue.

You can purchase The Joshua Covenant from Amazon.

David and Diane are giving away a copy of The Joshua Covenant. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


cjajsmommy said...

These authors are definitely on my radar now. Both interviews have intrigued me. I would love to win a copy of this book.
djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Marianne said...

Thanks Esther for another great post. Thanks Diane and David for a great giveaway. i will be looking for your novels, and putting it on my wish list at Amazon. i would love to win.

ann said...

We love NCIS so this would be a great read for us.
amhengst at verizon dot net

Linda said...

I love books based on Israel. There is so much happening there, that novels about it almost seem true to today's headlines. It looks like I need to do some serious reading of books by the Munsons.

Please enter me.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

PatriciaW said...

Enjoy books that are informed by current events. Have to agree with David on Scott Turow's book frequency. Not nearly often enough.

Anonymous said...

Good interview!
I'd like to win this book.


Jo said...

I'd love to read this book. It sounds great!


Lane Hill House said...

I would like to win this book.
Merry Christ-mas!

Sharon said...

I love a good suspenseful mystery!! Bring it on.
Sharon Srock

Teela said...

My favorite TV show is NCIS and I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win this book! Of course, I would leave reviews on my blog:,,

misskallie2000 said...

I love NCIS so spy stories are read as often as possible. lol I have always love mystery, suspense and thrillers as well as romance and so glad I have found a new author{s}.

Thanks for the great interview and opportunity to enter this giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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