Darin Michael Shaw is one of seven published authors who’ll be featured at the MEET & GREET LOCAL CHRISTIAN AUTHORS event scheduled for Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 3:00 to 5:30 pm at Bonhoeffer’s Café & Espresso, 8 Franklin St., Nashua, New Hampshire. Guests will enjoy FREE admission, refreshments, book-signings, special discounts, and a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite! Click HERE to register!
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” ~ Matthew 5:13 (NIV)
DARIN: I’ve been writing my entire life. I’ve known I wanted it to be both a career and ministry for the last twenty or so years.
CLARICE: Who supported you in this dream?
DARIN: My wife, family and church families have all been huge supporters of my writing endeavors.
CLARICE: What did you do before you became a writer?
DARIN: I spent 21 years in Pastoral Ministry. It’s only since January of this year (2014) that I’ve been writing full-time.
CLARICE: How did you get involved in writing for publication?
DARIN: Writing, blogging and preaching for years, I suppose it just felt like time to package some of that up in book form—so in 2013, I added author to my bio.
CLARICE: What genre do you prefer to write?
DARIN: Big Buts is non-fiction/Christian living, but I also dabble in other genres. I have a historical fiction title and a ‘how to’ out there. I’ve got a follow-up to Big Buts coming this fall, and I’m working on a religious thriller for 2015 release.
CLARICE: Which authors have influenced your writing and how?
DARIN: Those who’ve influenced me aren’t typical for a Christian writer. My literary coach Ariel Gore has had a significant influence on my craft. She’s helped me find my voice and style. I also very much enjoy the work of Stephen Ambrose, David McCullough and Doris Kearns Goodwin. They’re great biographers, but even better storytellers.
CLARICE: What do you want readers to experience while reading your books?
CLARICE: What do you want your readers to know about you?
DARIN: I want them to know that I am very, very thankful that they’ve picked up a copy of my book and read it. What a privilege that is for me!
CLARICE: Tell us a little bit about your book Big Buts of the Bible: A Revealing Look at Jesus Christ.
DARIN: But: The little three-letter conjunction that will forever change the way you read the bible. In 21 years of pastoral ministry I met so many people who wanted to read their bibles more often and get more out of it when they did. I believe this book—this concept, looking for appearances of the conjunction ‘but’—will help.
CLARICE: What is your writing style and/or voice?
DARIN: I consider my writing voice and style a little irreverent—not in a moral or religious way, but in a literary way. I write like I speak, and sometimes that throws grammatical curves. But I am a grammarian at heart—so my voice is grammar irreverent, with a conscience.
CLARICE: Which comes easier to you? Coming up with the story idea or actually writing it?
DARIN: I am surrounded by story at all times. Daydreaming it up comes easy. Writing it is more challenging.
CLARICE: How has your faith played a role in helping you write/share your story?
DARIN: My faith is a part of everything I write.
CLARICE: What writing projects are you currently working on?
DARIN: A follow-up, Big Buts of the Bible: Insights from Hindsight, which will trace the 160 appearances of the word ‘but’ through the book of Genesis. I’m also working on a Native American religious thriller called Ghost Dance.
CLARICE: Where can our readers (or listeners) meet you and get a copy of your book?
DARIN: I’ll be at the Meet & Greet Local Christian Authors Event with seven other authors from 3:00 to 5:30 pm Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Bonhoeffer’s Café & Espresso, 8 Franklin Street, Nashua, NH.