Greetings Reader Friends! Dee here. We have a treat for you today! I recently had another interview with Author David Telbat, so enjoy!
Interview with Author David Telbat
Dee: Hello, David. After getting Dark Vessel, COIL Book #4, out to readers a couple months ago, you must be hard at work on Book #5!
David: The release of Book 5 won’t be until the end of 2014, but yes, I’ve been working on it. [Update from Dee: Dark Zeal is now out as an eBook, audio, and print.]
Dee: Each of your books has claimed a part of the world in which to unfold the plot. Can you give us a clue for the setting of Book 5?
David: A couple years ago, my father suggested I base a COIL story inside Gaza. So after some research, I began to draft an exciting story inside the Gaza Strip. Though the book is not completed just yet, I’ve already included many current events into the Middle East scenario. The new title is Dark Zeal.
Dee: So can we expect another explosive book with characters we know and love?
David: Yep–Corban, Chloe, Luigi, and a few others are all present. The tension is elevated, and the circumstances more volatile. Because of the role Israel plays in prophecy, I’ve taken special care to show COIL’s concern for Israel and their Muslim neighbors.
Dee: What else is on the calendar for 2014 besides COIL Book 5?
David: Well, Soldier of Hope is what I call a novella, because it’s a lengthy short story. I hope everyone enjoys that. I think you’ll be working on that eBook soon?
Dee: I’ve really enjoyed that story. And yes, I’ll have that out as an eBook in the next month or two. Are there other novels your readers should watch for soon? [Update: Soldier of Hope is now available as an eBook.]
David: Arabian Variable is due out early May 2014. [Update: Arabian Variable is now out as an eBook!] Most of that story takes place inside Saudi Arabia. There’s a strong flavor of Christian suspense and action. Though it’s not a COIL novel, I think COIL fans will really enjoy this one. It involves two rescue operations of Americans being held by the Saudi government.
Dee: I’ve been working on Arabian Variable, and I loved it! Can you tell our readers—are there any love interests in this story?
David: Absolutely! Because of the circumstances in Saudi Arabia, different couples and families are split apart. The love expressed in these relationships seems to transcend the tension and danger. I’ve tried to depict what the Bible shows: that there’s no greater love than when one lays down his or her life for another. There are moments of true sacrifice and the genuine love of Christ portrayed in this novel.
Dee: Are there some special posts coming up for the website? I know the topics are varied, but can you give us a little preview?
David: Well, because of the research I’m doing for future projects, I can tell you there will be several more survivalist-type posts coming, and I’ll relate them to the Christian walk. Whatever is in store for America in the coming years, I feel it’s my job to encourage us all to keep our focus on eternal matters, the things of Christ.
Dee: You’ve mentioned before that besides writing, you have an active ministry for prisoners with In Season Ministries. Can you share a little about that?
David: My work with and for prisoners in various prisons is currently focused on discipleship efforts, teaching basic truths. A lot of time is required to help keep those few prisoners who are already Christians (most who received Christ in prison), encouraged to practice sound doctrine and to stand firmly on God’s inspired Word. Though these men are shunned in society—for good and just reasons—when they become Christians, they many times are ridiculed even by other inmates. It’s this very small minority—maybe as few as five or ten men on an entire prison yard—that I feel called to support and mentor.
Dee: You often write about the persecuted in other lands. Would you say there are persecuted Christians in American prisons?
David: Absolutely. Some have been physically attacked, even killed, because other inmates didn’t like the fact that a prisoner stopped their aggressive “convict” lifestyle, becoming Christ-like and peaceful, not representing a gang any longer, but only the Kingdom of God. When men move from criminal to Christian, they are often seen as taking sides against active criminals in prison—they’re seen as traitors.
Dee: In what way can we pray for Christian inmates today? Even though the Bible encourages us to remember such outcasts, we often think of them as lost causes.
David: We were all lost causes until God reached into our hearts and transformed us from the inside out. Pray for Christian prisoners as you would for any other Christian who is isolated and under pressure. Pray that they remain faithful and that they find Jesus Christ as their only and final Hope. For many who are serving life sentences, eternal life is their only light at the end of the tunnel. In the meantime, they try to live obediently, and once in a while, God works another miracle, and a new life enters the family of God. It’s a heartbreaking as well as a blessed work.
Dee: We’ll definitely be praying, David. Changing the subject, can we expect any non-fiction in the future from you?
David: I have a couple of ideas outlined, but nothing is in the works quite yet. I’ll keep you posted. Fiction is my basic focus for now, developing stories that reflect the fullness of life when Christians in certain venues live up to their potential.
Dee: Well, we look forward to seeing whatever you have coming. Do you have anything else to tell us about?
David: I’m finalizing a novel called Final Victory—though I may change the title yet again. It’s a rapid-fire survival story that unwraps the lives of four people from around the globe, tossing them into a plot of boiling controversy. I’ve done research on New Guinea for this story. [Update: This novel was released as The Legend of Okeanos: a Tale of Restoration, Survival, and a Great White Shark. Click the title to see where you can pick it up in eBook format!]
Dee: We anticipate another great adventure from you, David! Thank you for taking time for this interview. I know you are super busy with ministry and writing, but I hope we can do this again in another few months.
David: You’re welcome. I’ll look forward to it.
[End of Interview]
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COMING UP: Next WEDNESDAY we have the third Author Reflection in Part III of his “Survival Series: Duration Condition.”