Q&A: Shellie Neumeier
Driven is the story of a girl and a boy... and a demon. As high school student Robyn's eye is drawn to the Caleb, the cute new guy at school, she's unwillingly drawn into a battle for her and her prayer team's right to hold meetings in their school. As she seeks God's will, a supernatural force seeks her failure.
WHAT LED YOU TO WRITE DRIVEN?
What inspired me to write this book was the desire to encourage the next generation. They have an amazing access to their world with the ease of travel and the internet. They also have the opportunity to change their world unlike any previous generation has. But they’re also bombarded with harsh realism and even harsher dramatized “realism.” It would be very easy to forget that they have a good and Godly purpose.
STARTING OUT, WHO WERE THE AUTHORS WHO INSPIRED YOU? WHO INSPIRES YOU NOW?
Oooh, easy one. Mark Twain and Frank Perretti are my two favorite authors who influenced the writing of Driven. They inspired me when I began and still do to this day. Both authors are uniquely gifted storytellers who share their tales through adventure, suspense, and real drama. Okay, real drama ramped up a bit, but still.
HOW DOES YOUR FAITH INFLUENCE YOUR WRITING?
Every story I tell stems from my relationship with God. Whether the story develops an overt Christian message or tells a moral tale that matches scriptural values is the open part to the question. I believe this—writing stories that others would care to read—is a gift from Him and so He has to be in each and every story, somehow. My feeble attempt at saying ‘thank you’ for letting me do what I love ... write.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU KNOWN YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR?
I never pictured myself as a writer, not even as an adult. Instead I dreamed of becoming an actress and I adored telling stories that tugged at people’s emotions or made them laugh hysterically, but to write them down? Never. Grammar petrified me, so it wasn’t until I’d written a few non-fiction pieces and heard an earful (a kind one at that) from my husband, that I finally caved and put pen to paper.
WHAT DO YOU MOST HOPE THAT READERS GET FROM READING YOUR WORK?
Hopefully my readers will come away with a renewed sense of power. A sense of I-can-do-that, whatever “that” may be in their lives. And of course I hope they come away having enjoyed a great ride from the story.