A Visit with David Stearman
David Stearman is a songwriter/recording artist/novelist, who specializes in adventure stories set in exotic locales. He has a special love for the tropics, jungles and beaches which is reflected in both his novels and personal life, in the form of hobbies such as breeding parrots and growing orchids.
David is involved in missionary work, and because of his speaking and concert engagement travels widely. His stories reflect the life he lives and places he visits in a way that makes his readers feel as if they’ve been there too.
David, what were the factors that motivated you to write about a man who needs a “total life do-over?”
I guess the fact that I’ve been there, as I guess most of us have at one time or another. Please don’t ask me to go into details on this, lol!
If you could undo one of your past mistakes, what would it be, and why?
Spending too much money on my first house, in an attempt to impress people who either already liked me or didn’t. All I got out of that deal was a lot of stress from the financial pressure I’d created by overextending myself!
What is the most important life lesson you hope readers of your novel HOT will take away with them?
That when we measure ourselves by ourselves and compare ourselves among ourselves, we are not wise. (2 Cor. 10:12)
In the book of Hebrews, Jesus Christ is called “the author and finisher of our faith.” As an author, how do you relate to this verse?
I’ve learned, like Jake does in this story, that God can bring glorious victories out of our worst messes.
A total life do-over, that’s what Jake needs; a chance to unmake his past mistakes. Because in his zeal to fulfill his beloved dream of wealth and fame, Jake lost Chloe, the one he loved above all else.
First he betrayed her. Then came the drugs. And in the real world, opportunities to undo things like that just don’t happen. Or do they? Could a paparazzi-induced traffic accident actually provide an opportunity for Jake to restore his ruined life?
Set against the glitzy backdrop of the recording business, HOT tells the story of a young man’s dream to restore the dream he lived before his dreams came true.