Archive for the ‘Author Q&A’ Category

What It’s Really Like to Write for Your Bread (Podcast)

Monday, August 18th, 2014

I was recently a guest on WORLD Magazine’s LISTENING IN podcast segment called “Writers on Writing,” with host Warren Cole Smith.

The show also features interviews with author Philip Yancey and songwriter and novelist, Andrew Peterson.

My clip is from 5:00-14:40.You can listen to it right here on my blog, or here:

There’s a full text transcript, too, at https://www.worldmag.com/mobile/article.php?id=31216

Reader Mailbag: Praise for ‘Hidden in Dreams’

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Sarah writes:

I’m a person of faith and appreciate so much that important aspect of Hidden in Dreams—people with, without, and struggling with faith. I love that Elena knew where to go for comfort, strength, and wisdom. Even in her drug induced state she was able to cling to her Source and faith. The fact that Elena, Reed, Jacob, Bob, and even Rachel were blessed with the support and comfort of like minded friends was a beautiful touch in the book. Please keep writing—what a blessing you give us all.

Dear Sarah,

I am deeply grateful for your insights, which really did bring to mind all the hopes and aspirations I had regarding the faith element when I began this project. Your enthusiasm means a very great deal.

 

Reader Mailbag: Praise for ‘Winner Take All’ (and an error)

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Frank writes:

I had read The Great Divide and took a shine to Marcus so I read Winner Take All and liked it also, especially the descriptions of the coastal environment. However, there is a minor booboo in the latter. Somewhere a Cadillac SUV is referred to as an “Esplanade.” I think you meant “Escalade.” Thanks.

Dear Frank,

Wow, what a total error. And in ten years, you are the first to see it. Thank you so much! I really appreciate this alert.

FYI, a number of people who have ‘shined’ on Marcus have come back to say they took to a newer character, Marc Royce. He is the lead in a series that begins with Lion of Babylon. If you read it, I hope you enjoy the ride.

Shine on.

Dawn writes:

Winner Take All was fantastic!! I have read several of your books, but this one was the best and I don’t usually like suspense and that much drama. It was hard to close the book at the end of each chapter.

Dear Dawn,

Thank you so much for the lovely note. I’m delighted you gave Winner a chance, even though it is suspense. If I could make one suggestion, a number of other readers who are not drawn to suspense have written to say how much they enjoyed Lion of Babylon. If you’re looking for another of my titles, perhaps you’d like to give that one a try.

Reader Question: Where Can I Find the Rendezvous with Destiny Books?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


Keith writes:

I am enjoying many of your books, many I’ve found in our church library, and some in the county library.

I found the titles of your Rendezvous with Destiny series books, with books on Rhineland, Gibraltar, Sahara, Berlin, and Istanbul, but I have been unable to locate these books. Are these long gone?

I have traveled the world all my working life—I’m 83 now—and love books on foreign places, many of which I have visited.

I’d appreciate news on how I might be able to find these to enjoy.

Thanks for your Christian writing—so good to have books with none of the bad words and sex found in so many of the “world’s” books. God bless you.

Dear Keith,

Alas, the Rheinland series has been out of print now for over a dozen years. There are some rather dog-eared copies available via Amazon’s used book sales groups. In case you haven’t already come across them, more recent books of mine with an international scope include the following: Gold of Kings, The Black Madonna, Lion of Babylon, and Rare Earth. I hope you enjoy them as well.

Reader Question: Is it T. Davis Bunn or Davis Bunn?

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Barb writes:

Do you write under both T. Davis Bunn, as well as Davis Bunn? At the library, I am responsible to make lists on Excel for all of our series and this question has come up.

Dear Barb,

I was initially known as T. Davis Bunn, until 2002. The publisher, Thomas Nelson, said they felt my work had gone through a major transition, and they wanted to announce this rising-up to a new level – their words, not mine – by dropping the T. Since I go by Davis, I didn’t mind.

So officially, my books should be categorized under “Davis Bunn,” even though some online booksellers still include the “T.”

Reader Question: Where Can I Learn More About the Three Hebrew Terms Used for Sin in ‘Book of Dreams’?

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Mrs. Jacobsen writes:

On page 68 of Book of Dreams, you mention the three Hebrew terms used for sin. I have been trying to verify those. Please can you tell me which resources you used to glean that information?

Dear Mrs. Jacobsen,

My research for that particular segment was done with the assistance of two rabbis in the United Kingdom, where I wrote that story.

If you are interested in moving forward with a Hebrew perspective on the Scriptures, might I suggest you take a look at Rev. Tom Bradford’s Torah Class Ministries. He can be found online at www.torahclass.com. Rev. Bradford offers quite a remarkable and insightful overview of the Old Testament, and how it specifically applies to the Savior.

Reader Question: What Are Your Inspirations?

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Molly writes:

I am doing a project at my high school that requires me to write about my inspirations and their inspirations.

You are definitely one of my inspirations: You have let me experience thrilling adventures through your books, especially your mystery series. Though I may not be interested in being part of the CIA, I am currently pursuing an interest in being part of the military. Such adventure is what I am hoping to see in my future, but for now, your books have been the closest I’ve ever been to adventure.

I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing two of your inspirations that have influenced you. (Apparently, Google doesn’t have the answer.) It would be greatly appreciated and I would love to learn about your inspirations.

Davis Bunn 8Dear Molly,

For me, adventure sparks adventure. Doing one thing, no matter how different from what I have undertaken before, stimulates and challenges me to be ready for the next big opportunity, whatever that might be.

Currently my big adventure sports are cycling and surfing. I surf in the US but not in England, because the water is not so clean on the big-wave beaches. But the roads there are fabulous for cycling. I push to around 40 miles per day as my standard goal, three or four rides per week. All weathers. When I return to the US, the overall fitness and endurance has me so much more ready for surfing than normal gym work.

On the creative side, I have begun working on film projects four years ago. Most of these are for independent producers, who must have a script before they can raise money. Which means I am writing ‘on spec’ – I am paid only if the project moves forward. And so I am still writing my normal number of books to pay the bills! Despite the pressure and the effort, I LOVE this challenge, and feel that it is an unexpected gift at a new potential area of growth and creative endeavor.

Stretch your boundaries, most especially in the areas of your life that you cherish. Stay positive. Treat Success as a daily discipline, not something you win at the end of the race. By then it is too late. Losing is an event. Success is a state of mind.

A Reader’s Critique of ‘Lion of Babylon’

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Dottie writes:Lion of Babylon

I just finished Lion of Babylon, and while I appreciated the Christian theme throughout, I was a bit dismayed by some errors, which should have been caught by your editorial staff. Page 12: ”…had tried repeatedly to effect a truce between…” The correct word is affect (verb tense), not effect, which is a noun.

And not to be picky, but 30 degrees C is 86 degrees F….and yes, you did say the temperature was approaching 90 degrees F….no points lost on that one, I suppose.

The plot was complex, but I was never able to get into a comfortable rhythm of reading. It seemed stilted and a bit disjointed, perhaps due to your use (over use, IMO) of word fragments rather than sentences. That, along with some odd punctuation here and there, seemed more to confound than to engage this reader.

I am starting Rare Earth tonight, and I hope to be won over to the legions of readers who enjoy your novels.

Dear Dottie,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful response. Though I must say I wish the first book of mine might have elicited a more wholehearted enthusiasm. Your points, however, are well taken. In case you’re interested, Library Journal did name Lion one of their Top Ten Titles—fiction and nonfiction combined—for 2011.

I do hope Rare Earth is more to your taste. It won the 2013 Christy Award for excellence in suspense fiction.

Reader Question: Can You Explain the Ending of The Presence? (spoiler alert!)

Thursday, June 5th, 2014


Barbara writes:

I shared The Presence with three of my friends, and we all question the explosion at the end. Did we miss something? Was something implied? We felt the couple’s death was expected, but how did it occur?

Dear Barbara,

The Presence came out twenty years ago, and then was re-released ten years back, and I have not had an opportunity to talk about it for six or seven years now, though it still remains a personal favorite. So thank you for the chance to revisit this story.

To answer your question, my intention was to create a situation similar to what Paul received in his warning about his future direction. I knew from the very beginning that TJ was going to pay the ultimate sacrifice for his work, and that this was in a sense necessary for his quest. It was, I agree, totally risky. That the book went on to become a national bestseller within the Christian community was such a blessing, both to me and the publishers who gave me this chance.

Reader Mailbag: Spiritual Encouragement from Father Gregor in The Priceless Collection

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Priceless Collection
Florian's Gate by Davis Bunn The Amber Room by Davis Bunn Winter Palace by Davis Bunn

Schyrell writes:

I just finished The Amber Room and as usual I LOVED it. My next task is to order the third of the Priceless Collections series. As I’ve read the first two I have felt as though I’m extending my personal bible study. This is one of the main reasons I love your books. There are things in the stories that touch me right where I am.

I’m 65 and have never felt worthy of my gift for salvation. But Gregor put it so simply: I’m not worthy, but I am because of true LOVE—the love of a perfect Creator and His sacrifice through my beloved saviour.

And Jeffrey’s guilt for yearning to learn—another eye opener. God bless you, sir. Please continue to let God use you through the gift of writing He has blessed you with.

Dear Schyrell,

It has been remarkable for me personally, seeing The Priceless Collection reprinted after, let’s see, twelve years out of print. The series meant a great deal to me when they first came out, as the books represented a big step both in my artistic development and in my career as a novelist. I’m grateful that so many ‘new’ readers have responded to these stories, even though the events that drove me to write them—the fall of the Berlin Wall, the decline of the USSR’s hold over Eastern Europe, the rise of the first shoots of freedom for Poland since WWII—are now part of history.

Elaine writes:

Thank you for releasing your older books on Kindle! I was copying into my prayer journal this morning some profound and much needed “advice” from the wise Gregor and it occurred to me that although you are a brilliant man and a gifted writer, it is clear when the Holy Spirit sets words on your pages.

From the first “Davis Bunn” novel to the newest, then backtracking through these rereleased ones, I have been moved by something or more than one something each time! I’ve written many times over the years to tell you that, but this insight seemed newly birthed.

A recent series of events “which I have not brought upon myself” have rocked my “sense of order and balance and symmetry” to where I have had doubts, fears and anxieties assail me at night. I loved this: “At such times it is most important not to doubt in the dark what you have learned in the light.”

Your quotes from Gregor coincided amazingly well with the day’s Jesus Calling devotional about relying on the Unseen God when your senses want to tell you otherwise. Thank you for continuing to bless us with your talent and being obedient to the calling!

Dear Elaine,

I am sorry to read that you have been enduring some trials recently. I do hope and pray that by the time you read this, a calm has been restored, and your path recentered upon God’s compass heading.

I wish you every peace.

San writes:

I have been praying for some time that God will have many of your past writings re-released—there are audiences that desperately need the Light wrapped in each of your stories.

The Priceless Collection is one of my very favorites as well. Father Gregor’s faith, Jeffrey’s quest for truth and Tatya’s fragile healing continue to influence much of my beliefs and faith walk. Besides the fact I love the stories, I feel mentored as a writer each time I re-read your books.

A final compliment—last spring my husband and I relocated. This was our 17th move in 29 years of marriage (we are not in the military, though we are in the “army of the Lord”!). Before our move, we culled out our personal libraries and donated over 500 books to a college library. All your books (the 40 I have so far) made the cut to move with us. At our house, a Davis Bunn book is a definite “keeper.”

Dear San,

I so so appreciate your kind words regarding the re-release of the Priceless Collection.

For details and purchasing information about each book, visit:

Book 1: Florian’s Gate

Book 2: The Amber Room

Book 3: Winter Palace