A graduate of Duke University, David N. Walker is a husband, father, and grandfather, a grounded pilot, a would-be Nashville star, a near-scratch golfer, and a Christian author. He is retired from a four decade career as a health insurance agent.
David began writing about thirty years ago and has been a member and leader in several writer’s groups. Two of his books, a devotional and a novella, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats. He and his wife reside in Texas and enjoy traveling.
What started you on your writing journey?
I started writing novels thirty years ago, primarily for my own pleasure and for my family to read. In the last decade I’ve been involved with three different writer’s groups and learned a great deal about the craft.
How does your faith play into your work?
My faith plays a key role in every aspect of my life. Whether I’m in church or at a restaurant or wherever, I try to present myself as an ambassador of Christ. Even in my novels, which are not particularly Christian, I can’t write a lurid sex scene or a bunch of gutter language. My fingers just won’t come down on the keyboard that way.
Has God ever provided an unexpected “detour” in your life that turned out to be positive?
On two different occasions in my life, I’ve come within a hair’s breadth of closing deals which would have made me a multimillionaire. In retrospect, I’ve been able to see God was protecting me from financial success I couldn’t have handled at the time.
Last year, you self-published a devotional, Heaven Sent. Please tell us about it.
It’s a collection of sixty-seven inspirational stories along with my comments on each.
What sparked the idea?
As leader of my Sunday School class for the last eight years, I’ve amassed a large collection of such stories from emails, and about a year ago I decided these would make a good devotional.
You also write fiction and will soon release the fourth novella in your Fancy series. Please tell us a little bit about the series.
Actually, I wrote Fancy as a novel nearly twenty years ago. I liked the story, and my friends and family members pretty much agreed it was the best novel I’d written. Unfortunately, I didn’t know much about antagonists and conflict and such things that are so integral to making a novel a good story. As I learned more about the craft, I came to realize that the combination of time lapse and geography covered in the story were a real problem and that it would work much better as a series of novellas. Number four will be out this month, and I’m working on number five. There will be a total of eight in the series.
A few fun questions…
When the words aren’t flowing—or when you want to celebrate if they are—what is your favorite comfort food and why?
My health doesn’t allow for much snacking. I’ve lost about thirty-five pounds in the last couple of years, and I can only do that by sticking to my three meals and skipping snacks, so I don’t really have a “comfort” food.
This website features musicians as well as writers. Do you have musical, as well as literary, talent?
I love to sing country & western karaoke. I’ve performed at a retirement home and a small version of Grand Ole Opry, and I won a contest on a cruise ship a few years ago and got to perform on the ship’s main stage.
If you were a song, what kind of a song would you be?
In the story that is your life, are you the tall, dark stranger; the romantic lead; the mythical warrior; the mad scientist; or the child in an adult’s body?
I guess I’d come closer to the tall, dark stranger than any of the others.
I’m a dog lover. Please tell us about your pets, if any, or your favorite pet as a child.
I had a couple of different dogs as a child, and some more when my daughter was a child, but I basically think pets are for children. It’s been years since I’ve had one. I can’t imagine having to make arrangements for a pet every time my wife and I wanted to leave town.
Thank you, David. It’s nice to have you as a guest at DivineDetour.
Thanks for having me, Kathy.
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Thanks for having me on your site, Kathy.
Glad to have you, David!
David, it was a pleasure learning about you today. May you be blessed with improved health and much writing!
Kathy, thanks for hosting David.