Monday Spotlight on Diane and David Munson
I am happy to introduce to you some new friends of mine–Diane and David Munson. My husband and I watch NCIS each week, so I can’t wait to read some of their books. As you read the answers to the interview questions below, you will find out their superb qualifications for writing these thrillers. And after looking at the photo of this husband-wife writing duo below, you can see they even look the part!
1. What is the central message of your newest release?
In The Joshua Covenant, CIA Agent Bo Rider is confronted with challenges on his job and in his personal life. He turns for answers to other federal agents, as well as an Israeli Mossad agent, but it is a Bible prophecy teacher from whom he finds answers. We highlight the “scarlet cord” that winds its way in God’s Word, from the Passover, to Rahab being saved by hanging a scarlet rope from her window, to the saving power of Christ’s death on the cross. We hope that as readers enjoy the international intrigue, they will see and believe that God keeps all of His promises.
2. How do you both weave your legal and law enforcement careers into your thrillers?
Because David is a former Special Agent with NCIS and DEA and Diane is a former federal prosecutor in Washington D.C., we bring actual aspects of our cases and events to our writing. Readers who crave suspense will receive a dose of reality in our six thrillers.
David – As an NCIA agent, I had a chance to investigate cases to preserve our nation, even getting involved in counterintelligence work. We highlight some of these aspects in The Joshua Covenant. Then with DEA I served as an undercover agent, seeking to stop powerful drug cartels. In that role, I traveled the country and overseas. The scenario had to be convincing or I’d be dead. Thanks to God’s protection, I lived to testify in many cases before judges and juries. It was excellent training for writing novels. Our plots and characters must be believable or readers will pronounce it DOA. In this information age, readers are well informed and probably won’t buy a second book by an author whose characters are not well developed or plots are not plausible.
Diane – Readers can watch for seasoning in our novels from my legal work. In this latest release, we extensively researched events in Israel, so readers will have a greater understanding of what is happening in the Middle East. In these perilous times, we want to emphasize that believers in Jesus can count on Him to protect and guide their lives, no matter what obstacles or trouble they may face. Our character, Bo Rider, reveals what happens when he is willing to consider the truths of the Bible despite being hounded by enemies, even those he once thought were friends.
3. Who is a typical reader of your thrillers?
As we travel the country to speak at libraries, churches, book clubs and in book stores, we are getting more readers every day as fans tell their friends, and our writing catches on. Our novels are family friendly so they are enjoyed by teens, men, and women who love a challenging thriller and are interested in what is going on behind the scenes of power. Believers and non-believers are eager for our next book as we write “factional fiction” without graphic words or scenes. Viewers of NCIS and those who read Joel Rosenberg, Robert Whitlow, Dee Henderson, and John Grisham also enjoy our novels.
4. If you could go to any place in the world to research/write a book, what setting would you choose?
Holding everyone in suspense … our next novel takes place in … Virginia and Florida. We love to travel the nation as there are so many wonderful sights where we can enjoy God’s creation. Night Flight will be released in Fall 2012 and we have in store wonderful adventures for the Rider family in Treasure Island. After this, we’d love to head out West to Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska. Stay tuned …
5. What is your favorite Scripture? Do you also have a favorite Scripture that encourages you in your writing?
David – A special verse for me, that helped me in dangerous times in my career, is found in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Diane – A life-changing verse for me is John 3:16, when I realized Christ died for me. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Much of Scripture encourages us in life! When we submitted our first manuscript, we prayed over Psalm 90:12, 17, at our meals and at night. Three weeks later, we heard from a publisher who wanted to send us a contract. Though our prayers are not always answered in such a startling fashion, we strive to glorify our Lord from whom all blessings flow. It is hard when books don’t arrive for signings, bad weather hits as we are traveling, or life throws us curveballs. To those of you who are looking for direction in your writing, hang in there, and seek God’s still voice. Sometimes we have to turn off the TV or computer and listen. It’s not easy to unplug, but so worth it.
6. In what format are your books available and where can we buy them?
The Joshua Covenant is in trade paper or a soft cover. Autographed copies can be obtained from our website, www.dianeanddavidmunson.com. They are also available in print and eBook versions through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, Christian Book Distributors, and in many independent Christian bookstores around the nation. On our website, readers can sign up for our free e-mail newsletter or enter an occasional contest. Readers can visit our Two ExFed News Wrap blog at http://DianeAndDavidMunson.com/blog and read our weekly critique of the NCIS show. They can also sign up at the blog to have it email to them each week.