Sunday, September 16, 2012

Welcome, David Stearman!

I'm thrilled to have David Stearman with us today. Don't you just love his cover? Read on to learn a little more about David:

Is there a story behind Hummingbird?
I wrote Hummingbird to emphasize the depths of God’s grace. My protagonist Lexa is a criminal. She commits her crime to save another, but it’s a crime, nonetheless. (Sound familiar? Moses kinda did the same thing…)

The point of the story is that God loves everyone, and will help anyone overcome the mistakes of their past and become the person they ought to have been in the first place.

The setting is special to me. I’ve spent a lot on time in the area covered by this story. These days the Media depicts Mexico as a drug-ridden deathtrap. In actuality, Central, Coastal, Mexico is a peaceful and beautiful place inhabited by kind, warm, and generous people. I want the world to know the Mexico I love.

What started you on your writing journey?
A few years back I was reading a story about some jungle explorers, and it hit me: I’m a missionary. I have stories to tell too, and some of them are pretty exciting. So I sat down at my computer and began reciting my experiences one by one.

Before long it occurred to me that my stories would be more interesting if I’d just “embellish” them a little bit. But since that would be dishonest, I decided to take a stab at fiction instead.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
All the other business involved in being a writer--promotional efforts and such.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I read a lot of adventure novels. I especially love stories involving spooky science, such as by Preston and Child and Michael Crichton. Oh, the terror! Oh the joy!

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why? The protagonist Lexa, without a doubt. I identify with her because while unworthy of God’s grace, she still receives it. (But that’s the story with all of us, right? It wouldn’t be grace if we could earn it.)

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I AM a style of music, lol! I’m a professional songwriter-turned-novelist. You can download my tunes at (Wow, that was a shameless plug!)
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I flew to the Philippines for a ten-day missionary outreach with only twenty-five dollars in my pocket. It all worked out great, too; where God guides, He provides. I also left for college before I’d been accepted--with only four bucks to my name. That worked out well too; I was a double major there (music and historical theology,) for seven years.

What is your favorite season of the year?
Fall. Colored leaves. Cool dry air. Nature’s finest.

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
Duo fishing trips; just me and my dog :-)

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Taxes. In fact, any kind of financial bookwork. Yuck!

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Huevos Rancheros. Take a corn tortilla, spread refried beans on it, put two over-medium eggs on top of that, and then crown it with very hot salsa and Mexican cheese. One of the quickest, best-tasting breakfasts known to humankind.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
I go heavy on the mercy, forgiveness, and love.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
All things whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. (Matt. 21:22) Yes, God really is that generous.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’m currently re-editing a novel called Deep Selva. It’ll be out as soon as I can get it done! It’s about a fashion model who is on the way to a shoot in an exotic locale when her plane crashes in the Amazonian jungle. Once stripped of her identity and all contact with the outside world, she discovers what’s most important, who she really is, and what she loves. 

Sounds fantastic!

A bit about David: 
David Stearman is a full time missionary who has worked in European, Asian, and Latin American countries. He has spent a significant amount of time in the region covered by the novel Hummingbird, describing the area as only a physical and cultural eyewitness can.

He travels extensively within US borders as well, often ministering in some of its more influential churches. David is also a Contemporary Christian Music artist and songwriter, with numerous published songs to his credit.

Hummingbird is David’s third novel.
You can visit his website at
Please do!

You can buy David's book here:
Barnes and Noble

David is giving away an e-copy of Hummingbird. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

ann said...

sounds like a interesting book I would enjoy reading. I also love to watch the hummingbirds at my window

Teela said...

Love the book jacket. The hummingbird tat is great! Looking forward to reading this and hope I win your book!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure this will be a great book, but I only do print books. Woe is me. :) Maxie ( )

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