Welcome, Reader Friends and New Subscribers! You may find it interesting to watch for the harmonica player in my new novel, Distant Contact, Book One of The COIL Legacy. In every novel I write, there are elements of my own past and glimpses of my personality in some of the main characters.
Even some close friends didn’t know I play the harmonica until I started playing a few background songs for church the other day while people were filing into the sanctuary. I often worship God in private by playing the harmonica, as I believe worship is a major part of a Christian’s life. But the harmonica player behind Distant Contact is just one feature of myself I’ve included in a novel over the years.
“We see you, David.”
For more than twenty years, I’ve been writing novels. Over those years, I was secretly inserting myself into the lives of characters I was developing. This was a personal joy and I thought I was crafty enough that no one was noticing—especially since many of my book characters have so many flaws! Not long ago, someone who knows me well and reads my writing said that readers could definitely see me in a few of the characters.
At first, I felt exposed. Suddenly, my fiction writing seemed to be even more personal if people knew it was so much a part of me. And I’m not just talking about my experiences as an outdoorsman, businessman, or preacher of the gospel. My life is woven into these novels—my personality, attitudes, and even some of my struggles. I wasn’t too sure I liked feeling this visible to all of you!
What’s known is in the Light
But there’s a cleansing in being vulnerable, and we have to trust God because our vulnerabilities show who we really are: weak people in need of a mighty God. The more I thought about it, the more I’ve realized that God wants us to reveal our weaknesses to one another. We are alike in our need to feel secure and to have a sense of belonging to something bigger than ourselves.
I’ve found a comfortable place once again behind this keyboard, slipping in parts of my life into some of the characters in The COIL Series, and other books. My novels deal with real issues, real feelings, and sometimes things that have to be dealt with. Each of us must take our attitudes and problems to God Himself.
From Author or Author’s Mind?
Of course, there are many characters I write about that are completely fabricated, especially the villains, though I’ve known a few villains in my time, since I work with prisoners. Perhaps for you, the reader, the pleasure is in the mystery of wondering what is from the author and what is from the author’s mind. So, I won’t spoil it for you by sharing any more, but do watch for the harmonica player when you read Distant Contact.
As a youth, I played the harmonica outside for my hound dog, and she used to howl mournfully with me. Now, was that the melancholy melody I was playing, or was the noise just too awful? Maybe I’d better keep some things to myself! 😉
See you on the next page!
COMING UP: Join us next time for David’s new short story, “Homeless Heart.” In the following post, D.I. Telbat shares his book review on By Faith Alone by Founder/Director of Vision Beyond Borders, Missionary Patrick Klein.