I love both types of Dan's books. Welcome back, Dan. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
Well, let’s see…I’ve been married for 40 years to the only woman I’ve ever loved. We have 2 grown children, both married, and 3 grandchildren. Way back in high school, I thought I would be writing novels for a living. Life took me in a different direction. I wound up experiencing a call to ministry and, after years of study and preparation, became a pastor at age 28. I pastored the same church for the next 25 years, but never lost my love of fiction (although I only read novels, didn’t write a thing). Around year 22, I began writing a Christmas novel, called The Unfinished Gift. It’s a long story, but that novel became the catalyst for an eventual shift over the next few years from pastoring to writing fulltime. I “made the leap” in 2010 and now, with my newest novel, have written 18 novels. How did you become interested in writing? It happened in 11th Grade. After almost flunking Chemistry, I took a semester of creative writing and discovered, not only did I really like it, but I was pretty good at it. Every paper I turned in got an A+. After the class was over, the teacher pulled me aside and said I was one of the most gifted writers she’d ever had. Then she added, “You could be a writer if you wanted to.”
What compelled you to write a book on this subject?
Unintended Consequences is actually Book 3 in my Jack Turner Suspense series. What compelled me to write it? Keeping the series going, because I love writing it. It’s got all the things I love in a book series. Not just as a writer but as a reader, too. Great characters, a multi-layered plot that combines history with the present, romance, unexpected surprises, and a decades-old family mystery.
What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book? Unlike my more inspirational novels (the ones I’m probably better known for writing), this series doesn’t really have a strong spiritual theme. I’d put it more under the heading of good, clean Christian entertainment. I love reading suspense/thriller stories but secular books in this genre, though often having great plots, also have immoral bedroom scenes and main characters who swear a lot. I wanted to write similar exciting stories but put credible, likable Christian characters in the lead roles.
Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
Maybe in an indirect way. Because the main characters are credible believers, I’m sure people can learn lessons from the way they handle the various levels of adversity they encounter throughout the story. Plus, since I write relationally-driven books, there is a lot of give-and-take on the relational side of things, as well.
How does the book intertwine with God’s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
I’m not sure it does, except in a general way. That is, to write stories that, while entertaining, also encouraged clear Biblical values.
Do you have a favorite Scripture verse?
That’s a hard one. I’d feel more comfortable saying, I have a hundred favorites. Or else, several favorite verses for different situations.
When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
I like reading. We love spending time with our kids and grandkids. Since we live in
we really enjoy going to the beach. Recently, my wife and I are taking up metal
detecting as a hobby.
As we close, is there anything else you would like to add?
Two things that I’d like my readers to know (and future readers). First, even though Unintended Consequences is Book 3 of a suspense series, I write all my series-novels so they can be easily read as a stand-alone (don’t have to be read in order). And second, I really do enjoy writing both kinds of books, suspense and inspirational (my more “Nicholas-Sparks type” books). I plan to keep writing both, going forward. In fact, I’m now going to start researching Book 3 in my Forever Home series (the one where Rescuing Finley is Book 1).
Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
Probably the easiest way is to go to my homepage at www.danwalshbooks.com. There you’ll find buttons to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. They can also sign up to get my Newsletter. I don’t send many out, but I always let my Newsletter friends get the latest updates on new books or great book deals. People can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, Dan, for sharing this book with us.
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