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Fifteen-year-old Nara Dall has never liked secrets. Yet it seems that her life has been filled with them, from the ugly scar on her back to the strange powers she possesses. Her mysterious father refuses to say anything about her origins, and soon, she and her best friend must attend the announcement ceremony, in which youths are tested for a magical gift.
A gifted youth has not been announced in the poor village of Dimmitt for decades. When Nara uncovers the reason, she uses her own powers to make things right. The decision sets her on a path of danger, discovery, and a search for the divine. In the process, she learns the truth about herself and uncovers the biggest secret of all: the power of broken people.
David A. Willson has worked as a restauranteur, peace officer, and now, author. Taught by his mother to read at a young age, he spent his childhood exploring magic, spaceships, and other dimensions. In his writing, he strives to bring those worlds to his readers.
Much of his material is inspired by the “Great Land” of Alaska, which he has called home for over 30 years. He lives there with his wife, five children, and 2 dogs. He is passionate about technology, faith, and fiction–not necessarily in that order.
Looking for Dei is Willson’s debut novel, set in a land where many more adventures will take place. Stay up to date with his ongoing efforts through the Looking for Dei Facebook page or visiting the website at davidawillson.com.
- What is on your nightstand?
A Bluetooth speaker for playing acoustic guitar playlists from Spotify, a 35 year old clock radio that refuses to die, and a copy of The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Best. Book. Ever.
- What author would you totally fan?
Wilson Rawls for writing the first book that ever made me cry. As a country boy, growing up in rural Oregon, I related to Billy Colman, the main character in Where the Red Fern Grows. It’s a powerful young adult tale that really sang to me, and taught me the power of books, how they can incite passion, and really motivated us to live more fully. Rawls hit the nail on the head with this one, at least in the eyes of the ten-year-old boy I once was. I would love to hang with Rawls and hear his thoughts on writing to a young audience and his obvious love of animals.
- What makes you cringe?
Improper comma, use is difficult for me to, handle. Really can’t, deal with it well. Oh, and peas. Not the fresh-from-the-garden kind, those are delightful. I’m talking about the frozen in a box kind, boiled in a pot, then slopped on a plate with no seasoning. Bad childhood memories, there. Thank goodness I could recover from the trauma by hiding in my room with a good book afterwards.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
Oh, I’d like to think that I plot out the book. When I do so, I’m quite proud of myself. I spend months writing a rough outline, penciling in scenes, and coming up with plot twists that go here and there, and maybe over there… Then I start writing and the story takes a life of its own, forcing me to discard some of what I had planned. Actually, most of what I’ve planned. It’s not so bad. Often, I can’t wait to get back to the keyboard so I can find out what the characters do next! It’s less like I’m writing the story, and more like I’m documenting it as it happens, like a reporter, excited to find out what is just around the corner. Fun stuff!
- Is there a word you love to use?
Ooh. Sore spot there. I really like the word revealed. I overuse it. I over-overuse it. I have to edit it out all the time. But it’s such a good word! I hate secrets, maybe that’s why. I despite them. Secrets are bad. Surprises are great, but secrets can hurt. Revealing means unraveling, disclosing, removing things from their hidden, deep, dark places and bringing them into the light. Best. Word. Ever.
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