Tim Shoemaker: Rescued from the Dark
He didn’t just want to give readers excitement; he also wanted to connect with them spiritually. “I began to write the type of stories I wanted my sons and others to read—stories that help boys become men of integrity, men who follow God.”
The latest volume in the series is Back Before Dark (ZonderKidz). The friend of a boy named Cooper is abducted; Cooper must choose how far he is willing to go to help his friend.
“Kidnapping wasn’t the deeper issue on my heart as I wrote,” Tim says. “It was another kind of abduction— kids being lured away into dark things, dangerous things: drugs, alcohol and so much more.”
He hopes Back Before Dark “will make the readers think about how far they’d go to rescue a friend from something or someone who will harm them.” Shoemaker has received a lot of positive feedback from readers about the first book, and not just from boys. “I was really surprised by how much girls loved the book.”
After one appearance at a convention, a girl bought a copy of Code of Silence and nearly finished the book overnight. She came back the next day and “held out the book to show me how close to the end she was, and glared at me. I thought she was upset with how things were turning out. She shook her head and explained that she loved the book, and she was almost done. She was frustrated the sequel wasn’t available yet.”
“It’s things such as that that really encourage,” Shoemaker said, “and make a guy grateful to God.”