Storytime for Grownups – Author Spotlight: David Weber, author of ‘Words From My Father’

This summer, Palm Beach Happening has partnered with Waldorf Publishing to bring you insight into some of the greatest fiction and nonfiction authors of the 21st century. Today, we are proud to let you know a little more about David Weber.

How did you get your start in the literary world? Writing had always been a chore for me – even to write a work email was a difficult experience; searching for the words to communicate effectively.  Then came the urge to write something inspiring.  It seemed the urge came from reading many inspirational emails over the years and wondering if the stories were true – the author’s name never included.  This urge was ignored for some time until the first note just sort of happened and was sent before Christmas, 2008.

On occasion, thereafter, there would be a couple of thoughts rolling around in my head that would not be at peace until written down and sent.  It was a couple of years before realizing it was our Lord planting the seeds for each note.  Going back to read past notes, His help in the writing became apparent – marveling at the words, wondering how it could have come from my keyboard.

The writing of the notes seems a metaphor for much of life.  Before the writing begins, the task seems impossible; lacking the wisdom required to tell such a story.  Remembering it was our Lord’s grace enabling every prior note, the decision is to trust Him and then begin.  During the writing, the sower of doubt is still there planting his seeds.  Prayers are said, asking the Lord’s help, then finally in thanksgiving. 

Publishing a book was also not my idea.  Early in 2016, there was an email from Waldorf Publishing explaining they were getting ready to publish John Early’s second book, asking if I had a book to publish.  This seemed completely out-of-the-blue to me and the email was nearly deleted.  But I knew John Early and his “Bits of Wisdom From The Shoe Shine Guy”. 

So, a few of the most recent notes were sent, letting them know these were emails to family and friends, and, expressing doubt these emails would lend themselves to a book.  It took some time to connect on the phone, and again expressed doubt this would make a good book – all these stand-alone stories.  But, she insisted she wanted to publish the book.

Putting the book together, there were threads not previously noticed.  Turns out they are not all stand-alone stories.  Again, it is apparent it is not me driving this bus. 

The publisher had explained they were looking for books over 45,000 words, but I hadn’t a clue how many words there would be.  A few weeks later, when the first draft was ready to send, Microsoft Word displayed the word count at 45,455. 

Can you tell us a little more about what you do? My day job is the Accounting and HR Manager for a company that builds automation systems for crankshaft lines.  I am married with four children and three grandchildren, active in a number of ministries through our church.  Water sports and snow skiing are favorite pastimes, next to writing and spending time with family and friends.

What is your favorite part about being an author? Touching peoples lives with the stories is my favorite part of writing.  There are many responses to the notes sent, often with the comment, “Your timing was perfect.”  Seems it is God’s timing that is perfect.

How do you get your inspiration? Each note starts with a few thoughts rolling around in my head, then asking His help to tell the story.

Of all the characters you’ve created, which one would you like to see come alive on the silver screen? There are a few parables told, but most of the notes are stories of living our faith.  Even though many are compelling stories, it’s hard to imagine them on the big screen. 

What is the funniest thing to happen to you in your career? Accidentally becoming an author has to be it.   Turns out our Lord has a sense of humor – taking a guy who hates having to write anything and turning him into an author.

 Can you tell us a bit about your book? “Words From My Father” was published September 15, 2017 and is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other retailers; in paperback, Kindle and audiobook.  Most of the notes (chapters) are compelling stories of family life, told in the light of living our faith.  Our lives have had some interesting events that lend to storytelling, but most are everyday life stories.  Some of the notes are discussions on social issues, also told in the light of living our faith.  Lord willing, there will be more books to follow.

There is rejoicing that He has given me this to do for Him.  Every day, thanking Him for allowing me to serve in this way, and asking that He continue to give the grace needed.  This journey has led to finding Him working in every part of our lives and realizing He has work for all of us. 

What is your next big project? The writing of notes has continued and perhaps has accelerated a little.  I’m hoping to publish a volume two of Words From My Father.

Anything else you’d like to add? Our Lord’s grace is witnessed in those serving others, in raising their children, and in their work.  Recognizing the Lord working in them, they find themselves looking for and following God’s plan for their life. 

Others, like me, ignored His presence for too long.  These stories are told in the hope others see His inspiration in their life.  Once found, there is no letting go.

 

Several of the books published through Waldorf Press can be found at your local library. The Palm Beach County Library System has dozens of electronic books, printed books – both novels & non-fiction, audiobooks, and DVDs or Blu-ray discs to help you understand how powerful reading can be! Travel to your closest branch or find them on the web!