Hello, David! How long have you been writing?
David: I’m a storyteller and have been since I was a child. We moved around a lot because my father was in the military. Every new place we landed, I found myself talking about where I came from and all the things I did. As far as actually writing, only three years. I mentioned in a Facebook group that I had a crazy story to tell about my life and that I wanted to write a book. The advice I was given was to start a blog and develop a following. So, I wrote my entire rough draft through blogging at www.dilemmamike.com/the-fort-leavenworth-story.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
David: My book is a memoir. From time to time, I would mention bits and pieces of the past to people in my life. Every single time, the response was, “You need to write a book.” Having never written anything in my life before, I constantly dismissed it. My story is about redemption through grace and forgiveness. I knew that if I could share it, there were people that would be helped if they heard it. Broken, messed up people like me, needed to hear that God forgave us 2000 years ago, no matter what…
What are some of the references you used while researching your book?
David: Once I began the actual writing process from memory, my mother handed me a bag and said, “You might want these.” Inside was a stack of letters that I wrote to my parents after leaving home for the Army in 1987 through my second year in prison in 1991. This gave me a chronological list of events as well as names, dates, and places of things I never would have remembered. I also found my entire court-martial transcript which included, testimonies and police records. There were some internet articles that I looked up to confirm some of the military events that occurred during the time period. Most importantly, the book Classic Christianity by Bob George was instrumental in defining what God’s grace and forgiveness actually meant.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
David: Because so many people followed my weekly blog posts as I wrote the story, I received so much support and encouragement. The best part is that several people reached out to me letting me know that my story provided hope for family members that were in the same situation. That there was light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. I can’t take credit for any of this though because I know that God places people in our lives for a reason.
What do your plans for future projects include?
David: My goal is to get copies of my book into prisons. That is where God chose to reveal his message of grace and forgiveness to me and so I would love to reciprocate. I also enjoy writing humorous tales from my youth which I might turn into a book or the cute and hilarious things my almost six-year-old daughter says which I have coined #Anikaisms.
Sounds like your book can really make a difference in people’s lives, David. Thanks for stopping by!
David has graciously consented to give away an autographed paperback of Dishonor to one blessed reader. (U.S. only) Please leave a comment below to be entered…
In his memoir, Dishonor, David shares his personal story of how God used his time in an army prison to teach him grace and forgiveness. His hope is that readers will be freed from guilt and shame, no longer defined by their past, redeemed by Christ’s love.
David Mike is a Christ follower, husband, father, author, blogger, and cosmetology instructor in Omaha, Nebraska. David is passionate about sharing the message that we do not have to be defined by our past and that God can use our kind of mess for good. Dishonor is his first book which releases August 30th 2016.
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