Dear Readers, as we get close to releasing both books of The Leeward Set—Fury in the Storm, and sequel Tears in the Wind—I wanted to share some of my research for Tears in the Wind, Leeward Set #2. Journey with me from the shores of Nigeria to the jungles of Myanmar as God’s daring people rescue child soldiers from front line violence! Here are some behind-the-scene glimpses into Book Two.
Angry Men in Myanmar
If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve possibly seen that Myanmar is in upheaval over a stateless people group called the Rohingya people. Their government permits violence against these Internally Displaced Persons who are prohibited to register for the national census. Thousands of Rohingya families are fleeing into Bangladesh due to the military’s direct involvement in ethnic persecution.
One of the main male characters in Tears in the Wind, named Tawfe, is of the Rohingya people. He’s a mercenary whose skills at tracking enemies bring him face to face with a Christian who will impact Tawfe’s bitter heart for eternity. As you read this action-packed novel, you will learn more about the Rohingya people.
Pirates of the Indian Ocean
Remember when the pirate reports from the Horn of Africa were a daily occurrence? This was caused by civil war in Somalia in the 1990’s, mixed with the situation of foreigners illegally fishing in Somalian waters. The fishermen of Somalia came together to defend their livelihood, which covered mostly the area in Somalia known as Puntland. Today, authorities have cracked down on these illegal activities—both on foreign fishing and piracy.
In Tears in the Wind, I have introduced fictional Puntland pirates who are violent criminals with resources, and operate as far south as Madagascar and India. These are old pirate waters, dating back several hundred years. For this novel, I’ve “created” two non-lethal weapons to immobilize their vessels as Christians sail through the Indian Ocean with recovered child soldiers on board.
Child Soldiers: a Difficult Writing Subject
Tears was one of the most difficult novels I’ve ever written. Not because the plot was especially complicated, but because the material was so troubling. And not just for me, but for Dee as well, as she assisted in the research of child soldiers trapped in front-line conflicts.
In outlining, researching, and writing Tears in the Wind these past months, I struggled with my own inability to write about child slavery in a way that accurately depicted the criminality of evil men, but also displayed how “normal” it has become in over fifty regions around the world. Kidnapping children to fight in wars has become commonplace in many countries!
As shocking as is the problem of children in conflicts, I knew this story had to be told—the story of desperate lives with nowhere else to go but into the arms of compassionate Christians. It is my hope that readers will be enlightened to the reality of child soldiers around the world, and look into standing against such evil. These young lives need Jesus Christ!
YOU are in the Story
On every page of this book, I tried to put the reader into the scenes. YOU are the man in the jungle of Myanmar, leading the Kachin children to safety. YOU are running up the coastline in Nigeria to embrace the children that Boko Haram sought to victimize. YOU are the one who traveled to the Congo to save the infant. It was also a pleasure to include the names of a couple of our real subscriber friends, Susan and Rick, from a giveaway contest we had. They are of immense help in teaching and ministering to the children in this rescue mission. Thanks for joining us on the Alaythia, Susan and Rick! 🙂
The Leeward Set—Fury in the Storm (with a North Korea focus), and Tears in the Wind (with an Africa/Asia focus)—highlight deeper matters than our media usually exposes. The world receives no glory in revealing Christian suffering in North Korea, or the facts of child soldiers in Somalia and Myanmar. But Christians don’t look away. We must care about what God cares about. Because, any day now, Christ will return!
Thanks for joining me for “Research for Tears in the Wind.” Read Fury in the Storm and Tears in the Wind, and ask God how, for Christ’s sake, you might get involved. Dare to go, or pray, or give, where much of the world refuses to look.
See you on your knees!
NOTE #2: Thanks to Kara of The Fiction with Faith Daily Online News for including David’s Christian short story on Dec 5, “Where is Jesus in your House?” Click the link to read it on her webpage.
NOTE #3: When will The Leeward Set of books be out? Answer: as soon as both books have finished the editing/proofreading rounds. We’re getting close! David wants to publish both books about the same time so you can move directly from Book 1 to Book 2. Please watch our sales page here or our novel news page here for the dates as soon as we have them. Fury in the Storm will be FREE for FIVE DAYS when first released. Thanks for your interest and your patience! You won’t be disappointed!
Prayer Prompt: Pray for the VBB Ministry that helps rescue child soldiers today, and pray for those who have been rescued, that they might come to know Jesus, the True Rescuer. Visit the following link and scroll to read about the VBB Land Expansion Project, about the building of a new children’s home specifically for at-risk children. This ministry has also been added to the Endnotes of Tears in the Wind, where you can learn more about child soldiers.