Interview withe the Author
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I received a free copy of this book from Zondervan Press.
Mr. Daivs kindly took time from his busy writing and speaking schedule to answer a few questions on Starlighter and writing for the CSFF Blog Tour:
Where did you get the idea for your latest dragon book, Starlighter?
Zondervan wanted me to write a book with dragons for them, so I asked my kids for an idea. My daughter Amanda came up with the idea, I presented it to Zondervan, and they loved it. It’s as simple as that. I embellished the seed of the idea greatly, so I’m not sure if my daughter would recognize it at this point, but it definitely came from her.
Did you have any particular Bible verses in mind as you began writing Starlighter?
Yes, since this story is about rescuing slaves from bondage, two passages are often in my mind:
Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:34-36)
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)
What would you say is the theme for Starlighter, and for the series?
For the series, the theme gaining freedom from spiritual slavery by faith. For Starlighter, theme is willingness to sacrifice for those less fortunate than yourself.
Was Starlighter originally planned as two worlds; a world where dragons keep humans slave versus a world where humans keep other humans slave?
It was originally planned as two worlds, but I didn’t include the idea of humans enslaving humans until the story developed. The slavery in the dragon world is overt and cruel, while the slavery in the human world is somewhat subtler, but it was interesting to contrast the two in the storytelling.
For those aspiring writers, how long did it take you to create Starlighter’s first draft?
I wrote the first draft of Starlighter in about three months and took another month to polish it before sending it to the publisher.
Did you begin your first draft with a well-developed outline, or find thatthe story flowed from your imagination as you discovered more about thecharacters and setting while writing?
I don't outline at all. I have a seed of an idea, and I sit down and writeabout the main character's normal way of life. Then, once I know thecharacter well enough, I create a crisis that sends him into the adventure.I am what some call a seat-of-the-pants writer, and I discover the story asI write it.
It takes about a year for Zondervan to process a finished manuscript and get in to the bookstores. Not all publishers take that long.
Tomorrow: Some final thoughts on Starlighter ofr Day 3 of the blog tour.
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