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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Welcome David Bond and All Things are Possible


DAVID BOND is 56 years old and blind. He lost his sight in 1988 due to diabetic retinopathy. He earned a BS in Bible from Lancaster Bible College in 1995 and served as program director to a ministry to victims of crime until 2000. Since then he's pursued several avenues searching for a job or career, and discovered he enjoys writing fiction. He has been married since 1986 to Kimberly, and they have a 16-year old son Nathan. Along with a beagle puppy. They live near Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

by David Bond
Published by Desert Breeze Publishing


Jessie Weaver narrowly escapes the North Tower on 9/11 and sets out to find her destiny. She owes her life to a man, and his tattered attaché. Zach Brenner believes he is doing something productive for once by going to Iraq as a private contractor, but ends up losing his eyesight. Jessie is convinced the attaché is her link to a man she believes she could love. But when she takes a job working for his family business, now owned and managed by his blinded brother Zach, she must come face to face with a new destiny. Will Zach find his footing in a suddenly dark world, and will he ever find his purpose in life? What if Jessie never sees Joel again? Only a Divine power could have placed two people going in opposite directions on a collision course with destiny, and each other. Yes, miracles do happen.

Readers, buy your copy of All Things Are Possible today!


I'm not a blogger, but here's my blog article:

One thing I've come to realize in the nearly 10 years I've been learning the craft of writing is, very few of us write in the same way. What I mean is, some, if not many writers, have "real" jobs. These writers have limited time to devote to writing and I think I admire this group of writers the most.

I am blind, and I don't have a regular job. My job is full-time writing. IF I did the math, my pay rate is probably about $.03 per hour! And that's probably on the high side!

I recently told someone I wouldn't have gone into writing had I not lost my sight. Although I am gifted with artistic and creative abilities, prior to losing my sight at age 33 (23 years ago), writing was definitely not the area I would have chosen to make use of this gift.

But I am now a published author with my debut full-length novel released this past January 1 (2012). And I consider myself a writer in every sense. The one thing I find interesting is how creativity is not a fixed substance. Where it served me in the past in visual ways, such as when I was a draftsman, or when I used to render house plans for a general contractor I worked for, my God given creativity slid easily into this new mode of fiction writing. And I am enjoying it thoroughly!

The funny thing is, at least in my situation, my blindness actually opened doors for me. Looking back, my previous jobs held little future potential. Although I’ve often said I might have ended up shifting from the old-style drafting to modern day CAD, I don’t know that for sure. The important issue is, am I doing what I’m supposed to be doing now? My sight loss wasn’t an accident in God’s plan for me. Do I see everything from this God perspective? The short answer is yes. The longer answer is, well, yes too!

I plan to reflect this sediment in my novels. In my debut, The Attaché, the main character loses his eyesight. He is a man who does not believe in God, believing his ordeal was simply an accident—he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Throughout the novel, he comes to realize there may be other answers. But it’s not a message I pound into the reader’s head. I won’t do that to a reader.

My current tag line is: “To entertain, encourage, and edify.” Inspirational fiction these days must accomplish these essential objectives, in my opinion. And I place a lot of emphasis on the first one—entertainment. Readers have millions of books to choose from, and in the world of fiction, if a reader is not entertained, then what’s the point? Educating, uplifting, even inspiring readers will come on the heels of a good read. And that’s my ultimate goal: to write books that are good reads!

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Thank you, Dave, for sharing with us today.

Guest Question: Is it hard to do research? And how do you type? Does your computer talk to you at any time?

ENTRY RULES Readers, IF there is a book giveaway, leave your email address (name at domainname dot com/net) along with your answer to the question for your chance to win a FREE e-copy of the book above. If you do not answer the question, and your email address isn't provided, you will not be entered.

This week, the contest is open to US/Canada residents only.


Lori Weller said...

If there is a contest I would love to read your book. I live close and have similar interests. Please consider me entered


Cheryl said...

This sounds like a beautiful story. God certainly does amazing things in our lives.

Since I write historical fiction, I can find research hard, but if I stay in the same time period and familiarize myself with it, then I can use some of that research on future projects.

I type pretty fast, but the tendonitis can bug me if I am the PC too much. I would love to buy voice to text software.

My computer doesn't talk to me. Isn't it bad enough my kids talk back? LOL! Just kidding.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Cheryl ccmal(at)charter(dot)net

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

For Dave (due to the captcha field):

Lori, thanks for your remarks. You mentioned something about being close," and having similar interests. Are you from PA by any chance? Best wishes for winning my book!

Cheryl, I know some people use software if they have trouble typing called Dragon Dictate. Sometimes people mistakenly think I use it--but my computer talks to me, not I to it!

I'll also wish you success, as I did for Lori, in winning my book!

Ginger Solomon said...

I find that research is hard sometimes and intriguing at other times. When researching 17th century Scottish clothing, I had a blast, but not so much when it came to weapons. *shrug*

How do I type? a secretary in my former life (before kids), I guess I type fast and without looking. I hit backspace when I make a mistake, and then keep going. My kids hate it. :)

My computer talks to me often just not in a traditional sense. It bleeps or blurps or whatever when I do something wrong and it signals me when mail comes. ;)

Would love to read Dave's book.

ginger dot solomon at gmail dot com

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Lori is the winner of this week's drawing. Congratulations. Thanks to everyone for your support.

June Foster said...

Dave, I had to laugh. 3 cents an hour is about right. I think my husband said I was making 2 cents an hour. Congratulations on your release. June Foster