I have the privilege to introduce you to a new novel by David
Stearman. Now, if you know me by now, you know I'm not a huge novel
reader. My favorite living writer is Malcolm Gladwell, people.
have been blogging with David for a while and greatly respect his skill and
desire to tell a good story that moves people toward God. So it's
exciting to hear his take on how HOT! does just that.
first Give us the gist of the new book without giving it away.
is the story of a young Jake, whose competitiveness with his peers
drives him to become a rock star. He gives his all to reach this
goal, sacrificing friends and even Chloe, the girl he loves, to reach
the top. But once there he discovers how lonely life can be at the
top. Now all he wants is to restore the dream he lived before his
dreams came true. But most of all, Jake wants reconnect with Chloe,
whom he once betrayed. Can he do it? Can Jake find his way back home
and into Chloe’s arms? Well, you’ve gotta read the book to find
How did the idea for this book start?
used to be a recording artist, so elements of this story are
autobiographical. My dream was legitimate, and God made it happen.
But I’m thankful I never made it “enormously big” like Jake
did. Past a certain point, a life of fame can be rife with pitfalls.
appealed to you about the setting, history, or culture of the
My love of the music business. Which is not unlike
the “book business,” which I love every bit as much.
aspect of the main character makes him/her most interesting?
can all relate to Jake’s insecurity and vulnerability. And his
childlike simplicity and fascination for life makes him lovable. What
makes him interesting are his choices; how he chooses poorly in the
beginning but learns from his mistakes later on.
drives you when you write?
The desire to help someone else
live a happier, more fulfilled life. I know this might sound fake,
and even cheesy to some people, but it’s the truth.
for Fun--what is the best travel experience you've ever had (or
worst!), favorite hobby, and/or favorite place/cuisine to eat?
travel inexperience: I do a lot of missionary work, so seeing an
entire Philippine village who had never heard the Gospel stand upon
their feet and give their lives to Jesus Christ was the best thing
Favorite hobby: Archery. My arms itch to shoot arrows
every day. I can’t explain it. I know it sounds boring, but
shooting an awesome score is just too much fun. Think if it like
golf, but you get to poke things with a pointy stick.
place/cuisine: I have two, which contrast with one another. I once
had canard en croute in a little restaurant in the South of France.
It was every bit as awesome as it sounds. But my favorite of all are
the huevos rancheros my friend Roman whips up in his humble little
rooftop cafe in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
else is in the works for you?
I recently wrote a novella about
cowboys, Apaches, and some supernatural goings-on. It’s a blast,
but heartwarming and meaningful, too. My agent said it made her cry.
Can’t wait ‘til this one’s out in print.