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Davis Bunn

Davis Bunn

Internationally-acclaimed author, Davis Bunn, has sold more than six million books in sixteen languages. Davis is equal parts writer, scholar, teacher, and sportsman. A sought-after speaker in the art of writing, Davis serves as Writer In Residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University.
Q&A: Davis Bunn

Q&A: Davis Bunn

(July 2008)
Known for the diversity of his writing talent, Davis Bunn is no stranger to the bestseller lists. Blending danger, intrigue, and romance, his novel All Through the Night explores the controversial, and sometimes blurry, ground that surrounds truly experiencing the miraculous versus just falling for an elaborate, religious scam.

1.Your main character,Wayne, possesses an unusual combination of abilities.What can you tell us about him?
Creating Wayne was one of the story’s initial joys. To “draw” him, I combined the experiences of two very different people. The first was the son of a rigid pastor, far more concerned with Old Testament judgment than New Testament love. This drove Wayne away from faith long before he had a chance to truly know God. The second was a combat veteran who, like Wayne, served in Afghanistan in a “special ops” unit. Through his willingness to share, I derived a great deal of understanding and admiration for veterans like him.

2. Can you describe the situation Wayne finds himself thrust into at the beginning of the novel?
Wayne had been awarded a medal for what he felt was a failure of duty, one that resulted in the loss of two dear friends. Struggling to adapt to civilian life, he spends over a year living on the road and feeling worthless.Wayne’s sister offers him a chance to redeem himself, in a sense, by encouraging him to help a group of retirees that has fallen victim to a cruel scam.Wayne uses both his military and financial skills to help the community—which leads him to an even greater challenge yet.

3. All Through the Night is populated with a number of quirky, humorous senior citizens. Do you have a favorite?
All three of the main characters remain very close to me, but perhaps the most beautiful in my eyes is Victoria, the sweet woman who prays Wayne back to spiritual health. She was modeled after the woman to whom this book is dedicated, Ruth McCommon. Ruth served as a missionary nurse in a number of very difficult places, and since her so-called retirement has served as resident nurse practitioner at one of Atlanta’s largest churches. Just like Victoria in the novel, Ruth is a woman born to love, serve, heal and give.

4.How would you classify All Through the Night? Suspense, romance, thriller…?
That is a tricky one. It is certainly a suspenseful story, and there is absolutely a lot of romance. But I feel one thing that sets my work apart is the depth of human drama. Perhaps I’m wrong about that; I’m just the guy with the pen.

5. I see that you have written novels in a number of different genres (historical, contemporary legal thrillers, and more). Do you have a favorite genre? Do you ever find it difficult to switch gears?
My abiding passion is story. I read from all these different genres, and when I started writing it seemed natural to delve into different directions. But these days I’m trying to focus down more—putting more mystery into the softer stories, and more romance into the mysteries. As for switching gears, each story may demand a particular form and structure, but the joy and the thrill of writing is the same.

6.What would you say readers are sure to “get” in a Davis Bunn novel? What do you aim to deliver?
My primary goal is to entertain and inspire in equal measure. I hope to compete quality-wise with the best that is out there in the general market, yet maintain a strong thread of either direct faith in action, or an overriding Christian-based moral. I want to give an engrossing read that is powered by my passion for God.


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