Monday, July 30, 2012

Novelist David Stearman Interview and Giveaway


I am delighted to have David Stearman with me today. David’s novel, Hummingbird, debuted on July 27th. I am thrilled to have this early opportunity to tell readers about this story. If you haven’t seen the trailer for Hummingbird, then don’t miss it.  http://youtu.be/JTmiXISuKnE
Q:  David, tell us about your background and writing journey.
A: My background, when it comes to writing, is the music business (I’m a professional songwriter.) But a few years ago I was reading the first chapter of a book about jungle explorers, and it hit me: “I could do that--tell an exciting tale set in an exotic place.”
Q:  I understand you had a co-writer, Hope C. Flinchbaugh. How did Hope become involved with your book? How did you work together as a team?
A: Hummingbird was my third effort, and it wasn’t…humming. I knew Hope from singing in the church she attended, so I called her and asked her to throw in with me on the project, and she did. I was at a tough spot, and her faith in me made all the difference. It was also her idea to introduce the illegal immigration element into the story, which came together handily from that point on.
Q:  What was your inspiration for Hummingbird? And who is your target audience?
A: I make frequent ministry trips to the Banderas Bay region of Western Mexico. Friends I’ve made there inspired me to write the story of a young woman struggling to find her true identity. Lexa is American, but she feels like a piece of taffy, pulled two ways. Her Latin ethnicity draws her backward into her family’s traditions, but her independent spirit reaches forward to the American dream. You could say this is a YA novel, since identity is a big issue at that age. And yet many of us who are older are still struggling to find ourselves.
Q:  Could you give us a brief synopsis of this novel and introduce your principle characters? Is this a stand-alone story?
A: All my stories are tied together by common characters. The protagonist in one story makes a cameo in the next. Otherwise, they’re all stand alone stories.
In Hummingbird, protagonist Lexa Morales feels like a misfit. Mexican by genetic accident and American at heart, she feels more like the dash between the words that compose the term Mexican-American than anything else. In her struggle to arise from the ghetto of her youth, Lexa commits a crime and flees south of the Border. There she discovers a shocking truth about her ancestry and who she is today.
While hiding from bounty hunters in a small fishing village, Lexa finds redemption, discovers her true identity, and becomes part of a forever family and a Kingdom without borders.  
 Q:  How did you research for Hummingbird? Did you ever get stumped while writing, or did you experience writers’ block? What most motivates you to get the words on the page?
A: Research. There wasn’t much. I’ve spent a lot of time in the locations described in Hummingbird. Bounty hunters and the California legal system required a little research, though, as did the husbandry of marijuana plants…
Writer’s block. Once, yes, because I was working on the wrong story. I was trying to write a cowboy romance and that’s just not who I am. So I dropped it started in on a jungle story and voila! The writer’s block was gone. 
Q:  How did you know God wanted you to be a writer? What kept you going through hard times? Do you have a particular scripture that encourages you in your writing career?
A: Philippians 2:13 says “God is at work within you both to will and do His good pleasure,” meaning He leads us by giving us the desire to do what He wants us to do. Now I’m not talking about flippant wishes here, but real, deep-seated, abiding desires. I was overwhelmed by a deep drive to write novels some years back, and I took that as a directive from the Lord. When discouraged I’ve always tried to remember that He’s the One who put this dream in my heart, which means He’ll also fulfill it. Like Philippians 1:6 says: He who began a work in you will complete it.

Q:  Where can folks purchase your novel, David?
A: You can find Hummingbird at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and other fine booksellers. Wow, I always wanted to say that! God really does make dreams come true! 
Thanks for joining us today, David. May the Lord use Hummingbird to touch many lives for Him!
Have you struggled to find your identity? How did others help you? What part did Jesus play in your search for truth?

If you'd like to win a free download of Hummingbird, please leave a comment at the end of this post, with your email addy. Contest ends midnight, Thursday, Aug. 2nd. I will anncounce the winner on Saturday, August 4th.

9 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good book! Enjoyed the interview, thanks to both of you. Jen, I appreciate the intro to David. David, thank you for the insight and glimpse of your journey.

    I'd love to be entered in the giveaway. Thanks so much!
    Blessings,
    Karen
    karenelangeATgmailDOTcom

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  2. Nicely done Jeanette and David.

    Sounds like an interesting project. In what I my classes, I discuss bounty hunters and some of the myths and realities of the job--students always enjoy that topic.

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  3. That book sounds so good.

    Thanks for sharing the story.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this with us, Jeanette. Nice to read about your work, David.

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  5. Thanks for introducing us to David! I'd love to read this book.

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  6. Jeanette, thanks for that interview. Looks like a good book!

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  7. Jen, I've nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award! You can find more details about this award on my blog at http://www.kidscandoit.com/blog/
    Congratulations Jen!

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  8. Hi, Jeanette. David's book sounds interesting. You know how I love to read what new writer's have written.

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