Please join me in welcoming David L. Winters to the blog today!
David L Winters is an award-winning author, humorist and speaker, originally from Ohio, who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. His first book, “Sabbatical of the Mind: The Journey from Anxiety to Peace,” won several awards including a Silver Illumination Award from the Jenkins Group and two Finalist Medals from the Next Generation Indies Book Awards.
Find out more about David at http://www.sabbaticalofthemind.net.
His novel, Driver Confessional, is relevant and modern with a great hero!
Ride share driver Antonio cruises the streets of Washington, D.C. looking for his next fare.
He has an unusual gift for relaxing his customers and stimulating their desire to reveal more than they planned. By the completion of their ride, many feel so comfortable that they confess their sins great and small.
Antonio’s faith guides his discussions and points him in new directions.
Suddenly, his peaceful world is turned upside down by a mysterious business woman. As she heads to a midnight rendezvous, she confesses more than Antonio can handle.
Her story sends him into a world of espionage, international terrorism and danger.
Hi David! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
David: Apples. I love both types of fruit, but the juice from the orange is stickier.
Carrie: This is so very true 🙂
David: Seriously, Winter. My name is Winters what did you expect? 😊
Carrie: hahaha!! I would have been disappointed if your answer had been different!
David: Dogs. I love everything about dogs. I’m a major cuddler. Cats hair is an allergen for me. My eyes itch and I sneeze a lot.
Carrie: amen & amen
David: Neither. Both are full of caffeine and make me more insane than usual. See Sabbatical of the Mind for things I do when I’m crazy.
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
David: My superpower is making people talk. Not part of my Homeland Security training, I like to yak and people tend to tell me their secrets. This led to the book Driver Confessional. One habit I did carry over from Homeland Security is that I never tell real secrets (just the fictional kind in my books.)
Carrie: I love it!! Are you saying that you and Antonio are a lot alike? 🙂
Tell me some good books you’ve read lately?
David: I’ve been on a Cynthia Ruchti and James Rubart kick. They are both super people and I can’t get enough of either one of them. Five that I have loved are: A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti; As Waters Gone By also Cynthia Ruchti; The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James Rubart; They Don’t Tell by Lisa Gray; Beach Breeze by Joanne DeMaio.
Carrie: Cynthia Ruchti and James Rubart are two of my very favorite people and authors. You have excellent taste, and you are right – they are both super people!
If I sneaked a peek in your… uh…purse… right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
David: Since I’m a guy, I don’t have a purse or at least I call it a briefcase and not a purse. No, you can’t call it a murse. It’s a leather briefcase. It contains my two recent books (in case I run into a would-be fan with $15. Mints so that my breath doesn’t smell too bad. Sport deodorant so that the rest of me doesn’t smell too bad. A Sharpie, pens, paperclips, business cards, postcards, anxiety meds and aspirin in case I have the big one.
Carrie: haha! You and your
murse leather briefcase are prepared for all eventualities! 🙂
Describe your main characters in one sentence each, and tell me who you would cast in their roles if Hollywood wanted to produce Driver Confessional as a movie!
David: Antonio is an Italian Stallion with a heart of gold. (Casey Affleck.) Rocco, Antonio’s brother, body builder, police detective helps solve the murder. (Bradley Cooper) Marta, Rocco’s love interest plays a smart damsel in distress. (Emma Stone)
Carrie: Again, excellent taste and excellent choices!
What surprised you about Driver Confessional or your characters as you wrote their story?
David: It all poured out very naturally. My first book won several awards, but it was non-fiction and reflected some difficult times in my life. Driver Confessional flowed from five months of Ubering that I did around Washington, D.C. People say and do some crazy things when they are being chauffeured around. The book incorporates some of those moments.
Carrie: Well now the wannabe-spy inside me wants to know some of the crazy things people have done or said in front of you during your Uber stint! Especially in DC. My imagination runneth wild….
What do you most want readers to take away from Driver Confessional?
David: A good time mostly. Our jobs are meant to be the way God takes care of His world. If we love everyone we meet through our jobs, life can be quite an adventure.
Carrie: Oh I love that thought! How the world would change if we all embraced that truth and lived it out.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
David: Thanks so much for having me. The second book in the Driver Series is Stock Car Inferno. It jumps ahead eight years. Antonio is a lawyer, defending a brassy blonde stock car driver. Emalyn bumped her major rival and his car blew up–killing him. Though successful, Emalyn has more baggage than United Airlines. She keeps everyone hopping. Stock Car Inferno is due out in January 2018 from Carpenter’s Son Publishing.
Carrie: Yay! I’m glad we have more time with Antonio to look forward to!
What about you? Would you rather a) work for Homeland Security, b) be an Uber driver in a major city, or c) write a novel? (P.S. – David has had some of the coolest jobs!)