. Why did you become
an author? Davis
I came to faith at age twenty-eight. I started writing two weeks later. I had never picked up a pen before to write more than a business report – I was working as a business consultant based in
Germany at the time.
I wrote for nine years and finished seven books before my first was accepted for publication. All through that while, no matter how hard it was to hold onto the dream, I remained convinced that the writing was both a calling and a gift.
It took me eight years to sell my first manuscript. If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
There is no other dream job I would seek. I want to simply extend my reach within this profession. Nowadays I also lecture in creative writing, both at seminars around the globe and at
This year I have also been contracted to write two feature film screenplays. Oxford University
And I am the screenwriter for a Christian feature film. If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
Sorry. The question does not touch me. My internal realms fuel a great many new vistas, both in the here and now and further afield. Next year, for example, I am publishing both a new fantasty and a new science fiction series (under the pen-name Thomas Locke). The other times and places are here with me now.
What place in the
have you not visited that you would like to? United States
That is very interesting indeed. I left the
age 20, and have lived most of my life since overseas. I know Europe
far better than I do my own homeland. I would love to travel more. The
Northwest in particular interests me.
How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
I have lived in eleven different countries and worked in over forty. The question for me is, what is my favorite area. There are two. For cities, it would be my adopted home town of
Oxford. For regions, it would be the Basque
coast of France.
Home to some of the world's biggest waves, which makes for an amazing mix with
the French-Basque culture.
What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?
Beautiful question. The topic of this recent book, The Turning, is “listening to God.” This has played a role in my spiritual walk since the very early days. It is one thing to “live” it. But another thing entirely to teach. In conjunction to the book's release I did a forty-lesson radio project with Moody (available free as podcasts, downloadable from my website, TheTurningBook.com) and a forty-lesson guided introduction to the discipline of listening (also available for free on the website). A great and taxing and enormous gift to me personally. I hope it proves the same to others.
Tell us about the featured book.
Five different people, in different congregations, and different cities, and different cultures, all have been studying a lesson plan about listening to God. And to their astonishment, God communicates with them. In each case, the communication comes in the form of a request, or an invitation if you will. God asks them to turn away from the normal course of their lives, and do something that would be impossible unless they relied fully on him and trusted him to see them through.
Take the main character as an example. While in university, John Jacobs was a rising star of the
football team. But
one night he goes out with buddies, gets drunk, starts a bar fight, and winds
up going to jail on felonious assault charges. John has spent the forty years
since that point carrying the burden of that youthful mistake. When the story
opens, John’s nephew is being released from jail. For the second time. During
Danny’s first stint, he found Christ and turned his life around, only to get
out, go back on drugs, and rob John’s own home. In John’s case, the request is
for John to be there when Danny emerges from prison that very afternoon. Ohio
All five of these people assume the request from God, this turning, is all there is. But in fact what really happens is, God has a major challenge he intends to put before them. But first he had to unite them as listeners. As people willing to follow his guidance. Whatever that requires. Wherever God might take them.
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