Welcome Reading Friends! We have a treat today—a new interview with D.I.Telbat! Before we get to that—I hope you’ve been able to get your Distant Boundary download! David’s new COIL Legacy Prequel is available from most retailers now for FREE! (Amazon has it for .99 so far, but we hope they’ll price-match soon. You can get a FREE .mobi Kindle version through Smashwords here if you’d like.) Thanks in advance to you who are able to read this novella and leave your reviews soon. Those will help David very much. 🙂
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A short time ago, I (Dee) did another interview with David Telbat. I think you’ll be interested in it because he includes info about his new series, The COIL Legacy. UPDATE: Distant Contact, Book 1, has been released on Amazon! Click the title for a direct link. Enjoy the interview.
A 2016 Interview with D.I.Telbat
Dee: It’s great to meet with you again, David! The big story this year is your new COIL series, The COIL Legacy. Can you tell us a little about it? Why a new series?
David: As many know, the first book series is called The COIL Series. I capped it at five books since I realized almost a decade had passed since I’d written the first book. And I didn’t want to wear out readers with a super long series, so I designed another set of books. It’s called The COIL Legacy, and I’m shooting for another five books in this one as well. It’s all action, suspense, and passion for souls and Christ, as well as a theme of reconciliation.
Dee: Will we still recognize COIL?
David: Completely! Corban Dowler is still involved in counseling operatives and planning missions. Chloe Azmaveth and Luigi Putelli make appearances, too. It’s just not COIL without those three still in the picture, right?
Dee: So, how have you given us more COIL, and yet something fresh?
David: First, technology has developed since Dark Liaison was first published. We now live in a world of drones, and COIL will take full advantage of those. Also, ISIS has risen, and there’s China’s advancement on the world economy, though its human rights violations against Christians hasn’t improved. American foreign policy has also changed in the last few years, now limiting the engagement of operatives in the field, and sentiment against the US has risen. COIL has had to adjust to these real-life phases as well.
Dee: Are you involving a lot of current events in The COIL Legacy?
David: Some, particularly the current events that have about ceased to be in the media, like the refugee crisis from the Middle East into Europe. That’s still ongoing. Families are being torn apart all over the world as countries make policies out of fear rather than wisdom and morality. Many refugees are victimized or fleeced for passage across borders, sometimes by their own people. Some are robbed and left for dead. We should all be shocked that this is still happening. Few are responding to help, since it isn’t “economically viable” for a nation to stand against atrocities happening in plain sight. COIL won’t sit idle, and we shouldn’t, either.
Dee: Do you believe there are ways for Christians to get personally involved in the ISIS crisis, and other Christian aid missions, right now in the real world?
David: Without a doubt. I urge people to get involved with Vision Beyond Borders (VBB) for life-changing service or brief mission trips overseas. Patrick Klein (founder of VBB and author of By Faith Alone) is the real deal, and needs have never been greater. I would love to hear that COIL fans are applying their courageous faith in some way in their communities and/or abroad. We need to remember that Christ works through us. That’s how God chooses to deliver His message of love. I personally have never been more blessed than by being an active servant for God—sharing the gospel and/or meeting physical needs.
Dee: How much will this year’s elections affect the content of the coming COIL novels?
David: Well, I’m not a fan of politics, but we’re all affected by these things, even the ugly part of it. We’re to pray for our government officials and our country, but I’m convicted to keep my priorities where I feel they should be: in loving people to the truth of Jesus. There will be no political messiah coming to fix all our earthly problems, until Christ Himself returns.
Since I’m the author of the COIL books, naturally the COIL organization has the same policy. COIL will adjust to their government over-watch in whatever way they need so they can continue to share the gospel and support persecuted Christians.
Dee: During our visits about your books, you’ve mentioned much more than just current events. What else have you included?
David: You can expect all new adventures through the life of COIL Operative Titus Caspertein, with some solid action and a little romance along the way. I’ve never built a hero as flawed as Titus. As flawed people ourselves, I think we’ll all be able to relate well to him.
Dee: Is Titus an out-going Christian?
David: He’s a maturing Christian. We’ll see him grow and mess up, get hurt, even falter in his faith. But just like in real life, we’ll also see how God uses even our troubled moments to grow us—and often be instruments for change in lives around us.
Dee: I don’t think I’ve asked you this before: Is there a theme verse you keep in mind as you write these books, to keep characters focused on what it means to be courageous Christians?
David: The first series of COIL novels were each written at different phases of my own Christian walk. For several years, II Timothy 2:4 was my champion verse. I believe it’s reflected in the characters. Lately, I’ve been meditating on II Chronicles 16:9a, which speaks of God’s strong support for those whose hearts are completely His. This verse is taped to my wall above my desk, so I’d say this truth of loyalty toward God will definitely radiate throughout my writing in the coming series.
Dee: Do you have any last things to say to readers right now?
David: It’s been an honor to write another year for so many readers, and to hear about not only their love for the stories, but also their love for Jesus Christ. The Lord may return this year. May we all live with hearts that are completely His. Thanks, Dee.
Dee: And thank you, David, for taking time from your very busy schedule! Until next time . . .
Read other interviews here with David or with COIL characters.
NOTE: Our big thanks to Karen McClimon for leaving her early review on Smashwords for Distant Boundary! We look forward to reading more comments/reviews of what you think of David’s new Prequel.
NOTE: Our Giveaway is now over and you can see a list of the winners and their prizes HERE. Dee will be in touch with the winners about their gifts soon.