Hi Reader Friends and New Subscribers! Today we have an interview with D.I. Telbat on his preview for 2015 writing projects. It will surely whet our reading appetites!
Interview: D.I. Telbat’s Reflection on 2014 and Preview for 2015
Dee: Hello, David. It’s been several months since our last interview for the site. How has 2014 been for you?
David: It’s been a blast! There are always the highs and lows of life, but God is faithful to take us through them all, teaching us to trust in Him even more. Because He’s a good and loving God, we’ll never be disappointed when we throw ourselves at His mercy.
Dee: Amen! As we begin this New Year, what were some writing highlights or note-worthy experiences in 2014?
David: There’ve been so many, praise the Lord! Books In Motion requested the whole COIL Series to publish as audiobooks, so that was a highlight. Book one and Book two came out in audio in 2014. Others will be coming soon.
Dee: You said Dark Zeal was recently released. It’s an action-packed story based in Gaza. Was there a favorite part you especially enjoyed writing?
David: The entire book was an adventure for me. With the recent conflict in Gaza City, the book practically wrote itself as I watched the news and followed news streams. If I had to pin down something in the book that thrilled me more than the rest, I’d say all the scenes with Titus Caspertein were a fresh experience for me. I had sketched that character quite some time ago, so I’m overjoyed to share him with readers who are ready for an irreverent but dependable new hero in The COIL Series.
Dee: I enjoyed some of the scenes with Titus, too. Some made me laugh, especially… Oh! I don’t want to give anything away to your readers! 😉 What can we expect from your pen in 2015?
David: Well, my biggest news—which didn’t quite make it for 2014—is that Dark Liaison, COIL Book One, just came out in paperback! I’m very happy about that. And we hope to get the rest of The COIL Series in print as soon as possible this year.
And, you and I will be working on my futuristic novel based in Mongolia. That’ll be coming out in May, Lord willing—a long book called Called To Gobi. It’s quite a saga.
Dee: Can you give us a quick glimpse into Called To Gobi?
David: Sure. On the eve of World War III, Andrew Foworthy crashes in an airplane in the Gobi Mountains. As a Christian, he reaches out to the Western nomadic Mongolian people, who are tough Kazakhs. It includes a love story along with an adventure of faith, with plenty of tension to keep the pages turning.
Dee: I’m looking forward to focusing on that project soon. I know your readers will really like it. What else do you have planned for your readers in 2015?
David: Well, I’ve started working on COIL Book Six. I have at least three more novels planned for The COIL Series. Also, we’ll fill the spring and summer with weekly short stories on the blog—all connected to Christian persecution awareness and personal growth subjects for those who live for Christ. I’d better get busy on those before my assistant gets on my case!
Dee: So, you have three more COIL books coming. Anything else on your calendar to build our anticipation? [UPDATE: David has created a new COIL series, The COIL Legacy. The Prequel is called Distant Boundary. Check out our new page!]
David: Yeah, I’m working on a post-apocalyptic trilogy that’ll include the second generation of COIL people—somewhat of a survival story in the collapse of America aftermath. Jenna Dowler is in her thirties. Another COIL agent has a son named Levi. Some new characters will be introduced, connected to the current COIL Series cast. Writing post-apocalyptic literature is a different animal, so we’ll see what happens. Much depends on readers.
Dee: Sounds interesting! I for one am looking forward to those stories! Switching gears now, how about real life? How is your ministry progressing?
David: Thanks for asking. God is so gracious. I’ve seen many men come to Christ this past year. I’m involved in discipleship groups with several of them, besides preaching and teaching weekly. I’m often exhausted, but God keeps raising me up each day to keep going.
The world continues on its downward spiral according to prophecy, but God is faithful to preserve those who are His. It’s because I know I’m undeserving of God’s mercy that I’m so thankful for His love. I can’t help but share that message of forgiveness with others—in my books, as well as in my day to day life.
Dee: Thanks so much for sharing with us, David, and for whetting our reading appetites! May the Lord continue to use you and your writing this year. Bye for now.
David: Thank you. I praise the Lord that He allows me to do what I love.
Go to this page to read past interviews with David and some of his characters. 🙂
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UPDATE2: You can find David’s paperback edition of Dark Liaison at our eStore here. Dark Hearted, COIL Book 2, is now also in print! Click our eStore link here. And Dark Edge, Prequel, is also available in paperback here. COIL Book #3, Dark Rule, is NOW also available in print! Visit our Dark Rule eStore HERE. Visit our Paperbacks page to find when the next books will be available in paperback.
NOTE: Our thanks to Susan for her thoughts about Dark Zeal, to John for his reviews on several of David’s books, and “Amazon Customer” for the kind words on Dark Vessel. Reader encouragements keep David motivated to write the best he can write!
COMING UP: Next week we start a new dramatic Special Forces Christian Series called “Faith Walk Part I.” We’ll meet Bruce Rayle as he travels the world witnessing Christian persecution in different countries.