WANA: We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.

What does a writer hope to accomplish when he or she sits down to write? I guess the first objective would be to pique the reader’s interest enough to cause him or her to read all the way to the end. And hopefully, to create a desire for more of our work.

To be more specific, in my case, I have to talk about two different sets of desires. My first book, Heaven Sent, is a nonfiction aimed specifically at a Christian audience. My Fancy series, on the other hand, is historical fiction aimed at a general audience.

With Heaven Sent, my hope is first of all, to glorify God. That said, I see it as an inspirational or devotional book which will help readers climb out of down times and/or soar to new heights in their emotional and spiritual lives. Many of the stories included in this book show God at work on behalf of His people or show people being lifted out of down emotional times.

Other stories, including those written by my daughter and me, as designed to illustrate truths about God and His kingdom. With these, I hope the reader can learn something new or see a truth in a new light, thereby broadening or deepening his or her spiritual walk.

When I visit my 96 year-old mother at her assisted living home, I frequently read one of these stories to her and any of her housemates who are gathered in the living room, and every time I do, some of them thank me at tell me it was meaningful to them. I only hope it will be meaningful to a younger audience also.

With the Fancy series, my hope is primarily to entertain, but perhaps to educate as well. Since the series starts at the beginning of the Civil War and goes for a decade and a half or so from there, I hope to expose the reader to a glimpse of what life was like at that time in our nation’s history.

By starting with a young girl who is thrown unprepared into the demands of raising her sister and supporting the two of them at a particularly rough time in our history, I hope to show how a naive and poorly educated female can become a strong and successful woman. And Fancy shows her strength without trying to make a big deal of it. No big parades or bra-burning. No self-aggrandizing. Just handling whatever life throws at her with competence and without whining.

If I can encourage some timid young girl who doubts her own abilities to see the possibilities that lie ahead of her, I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished something. If I can take some boy or man who considers girls or women as targets to be conquered or inferior beings to be dominated and make him see the potential of a female, I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished something.

If along the way I can lead the reader to see something of value in my books—whether it  be entertainment or gaining knowledge or spiritual growth or whatever—and want to buy more of them and recommend them to friends, that will be a bonus blessing.


As we’ve mentioned in other stops on this tour, we’ll have a drawing to pick one commenter who will receive an e-copy of Fancy. So be sure togive us your comments.


David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot, a would-be Nashville star, and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of that career was spent in Texas, but for a few years he traveled many other states.

He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers’ groups. Two of his books, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats. Click here for more information and links to purchase these books.

David is currently working on a series of novellas taking over where Fancy leaves off early in the Civil War and following her life over a period of the next twenty years or so. Fancy: The Search – Vol 2 is now out, and others will follow every couple of months or so.