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Meet Author David Stearman

(My apologies to David and my blog followers. This was to be posted yesterday, but I’m enroute to SC and my brain malfunctioned, causing me to totally forget to post this yesterday on its due date.)

David Stearman tells me that he came into writing novels in a backhanded way. He had been a professional recording artist and songwriter all his life, so his idea of writing was scratching out poetry to highlight melodies. But he had traveled a lot, and some of his trips had been to exotic places—meaning he already had a few good stories to tell.

Fatefully, one afternoon he was reading the first chapter of a book about a guy who collects orchids in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. “I know,” he jokes, “who reads stuff like that, right?” And suddenly it hit him: He could do that—he could write stories set in cool locales!

So he wrote one. And it wasn’t very good. But by then he’d developed a deep-seated conviction that God had called him to craft novels, so he got help. He contacted several friends and acquaintances who happened to be published authors and asked them to critique his work. It was through their help he began to learn the techniques required to tell what he hopes are engaging tales.

One of those stories is called Hummingbird. The main character Lexa Morales feels like a misfit. She grew up in a rough neighborhood, surrounded by the worst elements of society, but her heart yearns for kinder places and greater things.

Forced to commit a crime, she flees South of the Border, where, pursued by a vindictive bounty hunter, she seeks redemption and a better, more productive life. Does she find it? “You’ll have to read it to find out,” David says. “The answer lies in a tiny seaside village where wandering hummingbirds rest their wings.”

HUMMINGBIRD

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David Stearman is a novelist, recording artist, songwriter, and missionary whose travels take him around the world. He loves to write about exotic locales, describing them as only a cultural and physical eyewitness can.

When not writing, singing, or speaking, David enjoys outdoor sports, gardening, and breeding birds. He lives in Kentucky with his wife Diane, their mother and daughter, Bichon Frises, Latté and Lilli, and a cheerful green parrot named Alley.

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