Welcome back, Diane and David. Tell us about your salvation experience.
David’s parents came to know Christ when David was only five. Thereafter, he was taught about Christ in Sunday School. He accepted Christ as his savior, as best he understood at the age of nine. It was as a teen that David better understood Christ’s sacrifice for him personally, and committed his life to living in obedience to God’s commandments.
For Diane, growing up in the church with head knowledge of Jesus blossomed into new life when she met her Savior personally in law school. Thank you Jesus, for saving me. Your shed blood is my salvation and You are my Strength and My Shield. Jesus, You are the Hope for the entire world! We love you and want others to know of you through our writing.
You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Apostle Paul – a lawyer and writer of at least thirteen books of the New Testament (not counting Hebrews). God used Paul in a mighty way to build His Church.
C.S. Lewis – his salvation story and his influence on our culture is tremendous.
Brock and Bodie Theone – This husband and wife writing team have impacted so many lives with their historical suspense, including ours. We would love to trade stories with them and tell them how much we appreciate their writing.
Grace Livingston Hill – Diane in particular fell in love with Christian fiction while reading Grace’s inspirational fiction. Her writing presents such a clear Gospel message and moved Diane to approach David about writing Christian fiction. The rest is His-story!
Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
When we are asked to speak, we are eager to tell of God’s faithfulness in supporting and protecting us in our exciting and dangerous jobs. We continue to look for creative ways to proclaim the message of Christ’s love to us. A fun example is when a lady asked us to create a “mystery dinner” for her group at church. We decided to involve the audience in solving a mystery that we wrote and revealed evidence through written clues at each table. That luncheon was such a great success that we now prepare mystery events for churches and other groups. Our testimony of God’s protection during very dangerous assignments and in these tough times is woven through every presentation.
Also, in each thriller we write, we present historical or real events from our careers, such as new evidence in the JFK assassination (The Camelot Conspiracy), the heartbreak of modern slavery (Redeeming Liberty), Chinese espionage (Hero’s Ransom), and Bible prophecy (The Joshua Covenant). These plots make for interesting topics at church groups, libraries, book clubs and writer’s conferences.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
One day before cell phones, we had agreed to meet for lunch. We both went to the correct street corner, but we failed to find each other! After eating alone, we were shocked to discover we misunderstood each other and had waited at different corners in the busy city. Though we chuckle about it now, we were red-faced at the time. Through the years, we have honed our communication and rarely misfire.
People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
Lena, hardly a day
goes by when we do not hear from someone who wants to write a book. We
encourage the people of God to let Him do the leading. Our lives were written
by Him before we were born. Seek Him and trust Him with all your hearts (Prov.
In our case, when Diane wrote her first historical fiction, she had the hope of someday receiving a contract from a publisher. Realistically though, she was prepared to simply share the finished manuscript with family and friends. Praise God, we received contracts for our suspense and our writing continues full force. For those of you with a story to tell, by all means write it, even if for your family to enjoy. Take a writing class, attend a writer’s conference (where we met our first publisher), read books on writing such as The Plot Thickens by Noah Lukeman and Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King, and keep praying about your goals. God is faithful to complete His good works in us.
Tell us about the featured book.
Our latest release, Night Flight, is fruit from our sixth novel, The Joshua Covenant. In that thriller, CIA agent Bo Rider is assigned to pose as a diplomat at the
U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. His
wife Julia and teens Glenna and Gregg go with him. The kids had so much fun in
that book, and we had so much fun writing about them, that we wrote Night
Flight. It’s our first novel for Young Adults and adults who are young
Night Flight is a heartwarming tale of what happens to the Rider family when Bo adopts a mature dog. The teens aren’t happy with their dad’s choice because they wanted a puppy. But when Blaze confronts some scurrilous criminal counterfeiters, Glenna and Gregg discover how special their dog really is. The story soars when they realized that Blaze is a retired law enforcement working dog. With the help of their gutsy grandfather, Glenna and Gregg put Blaze and his trained nose to work solving crimes. They even uncover a way to collect rewards. And the teens have a purpose beyond the adventure: to earn money for a cancer fund when their good friend is stricken with teenage-leukemia. Readers will enjoy Blaze as he surprises us all with a final twist. The entire family learns what Jesus means in commanding us to love our neighbors.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Glenna Rider clutched the wheel of her parents’ van, training her eyes on the dangerous curve ahead. Dad’s erratic breathing made it hard to focus. Gusty wind shoved the van across her lane to the right. Fear stuck in her throat.
“Dad!” she cried. “The wind’s strong. Am I too close to the edge?”
“Nope.” He leaned over to check the speedometer.
“You’re doing fine,” he assured her.
She stole a glance at him in the passenger seat. His voice had sounded calm, but his face seemed tense. Could he be afraid too? This was only her second time driving since she received her learner’s permit. She had overestimated her driving ability in offering to buy groceries for Mom, but it was too late now.
Glenna navigated the curve, chewing her bottom lip. Snow flurries swirled across the windshield. With each wind gust fear bolted through her. Hoping to make it home before the roads became slippery, she turned up the heat. Her eyes locked onto the rearview mirror.
A yellow Hummer roared up behind her, the driver’s beady eyes threatening her to get out of his way. She pressed down on the gas pedal.
“Slow down, Earnhart,” Dad cautioned.
“But a crazy guy is hugging my bumper.”
“That doesn’t matter. The speed limit is for him too. He’ll have to slow down.”
Glenna lifted her foot, easing off the gas. The van slowed and thankfully, the SUV dropped back. Following another sharp curve, Glenna’s eyes flew to the mirror to check the SUV. The yellow beast nearly smacked her bumper. Adrenaline pulsed through her veins.
“He’s almost in our backseat!” she cried.
Anger radiated from the man’s eyes. She was frantic to pull off the road. But she had nowhere to go. A dangerous drop-off lurked by the edge of her lane. The shoulder was nothing but a strip of gravel. What should she do?
That’s a really good hook! How can readers find you on the Internet?We’d love for you to check out our website, which includes our “Two ExFeds New Wrap” blog that we pen each week following the CBS hit show, NCIS. Since David was an NCIS Special Agent and Diane a Federal prosecutor, we critique each week’s show. Click the “blog” tab on our website at http://DianeAndDavidMunson.com. Readers can sign up for our free, quarterly newsletter, where we host contests and keep readers informed of our events. Follow us on Twitter or visit our Face Book Fan Page. Our books are also sold in print at Lifeway and other good Christian stores, as well as e-book versions on Internet sites, including Christian Book Distributors, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.
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