Here’s “Christian Story Inspiration from Dad,” just in time for Father’s Day. D.I. Telbat shares his memories of how he became interested in story telling.
Story Inspiration from Dad
Greetings reader friends! David Telbat here. With Father’s Day upon us, I believe now is an appropriate moment to answer a question someone recently asked me. This is an author reflection of how I got my story inspiration from Dad. The question:
“What inspired you to be a writer?”
This question ignites many memories from my youth. My family lived far out of town, so the drive to church was nearly an hour long. We were the sort of family who took the neighbor kids, especially on youth night, so we were a rowdy bunch. But my father had the perfect remedy: tell the kids a story; that’ll keep them quiet!
My father’s yarns were epic. One story—I still recall parts of it—spanned over several weeks. They were wonderful adventures, and we kids hung on every detail, never interrupting, and too mesmerized to squirm or fuss.
It was during one of these stories, while I was crammed in the back of an ’87 Bronco, that I decided I wanted to tell stories like my father. What a gift I recognized in him!
Just a few years later, I was given an old Tandy computer, and at age fourteen, I began my first novel. That novel is now collecting dust, but perhaps someday I’ll finish rewriting and editing it, and see what you all think! 😉
My father now reads my novels—stories that he inspired me to write when I was not even ten years old.
Thanks, Dad, for a great adventure! And Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers!
See you on the next page!
You can find a previous Father’s Day short story at “Automatic Postcard,” and other short adventure stories here.
COMING UP: Another Father’s Day short story by David Telbat, “A Father’s Heart.” And next time David has reviews on two of his favorite books.