Dan Verner, you truly are a multi-talented writer. From your 32-year career teaching English and creative writing to high school students, and writing, human relations and computer skills to adults. You’ve scored essays for the College Board, contributed columns and articles to local papers, and managed Free Lance Writing, your own writing, editing, and consulting business. You’ve authored over 1000 short essays and devotionals on a variety of subjects, and maintain three blogs.
That is impressive. I would love to have your energy.
Thank you for visiting with us today. We’ve made your favorite drink for the winter, a hot cup of coffee.
Your third book in your Beyond the Blue Horizon Series, On Wings of Angels, was released this year. Tell us a little about it.
What brought about the writing of this story?
I have had an almost life-long interest in aviation and World War II. When I saw a picture of a young bomber pilot from that war, I felt I knew all about him and could write a novel about his life. That image helped inspire a series that now numbers three books, with another on the way in January.
Is there a purpose behind the story that you want your readers to know?
My purpose was to tell a good story that would honor the members of the Greatest Generation who gave us the world we know and enjoy today.
What was the most challenging part in writing this story?
The most challenging part of this and my other novels is finding my way at the midpoint. I work without an outline, letting the characters and historical events guide the narrative. Once I overcome this challenge, it’s downhill from there. But I do have a few anxious moments.
Did it require a lot of research and if so what kind?
In a sense, I have been researching this book since I was five. More recently, I used online sources, books, movies, articles, television programs and, most valuable of all, interviews with World War II vets and their families. Talking with them was an honor.
On Wings of the Morning is the first book in a series called Beyond the Blue Horizon. On the Wings of Eagles (Book Two) and On the Wings of Angels(Book Three) are out, while On the Wings of Grace (Book Four) releases in January. On the Wings of Faith (Book Five) is in manuscript and On the Wings of Midday (Book Six) is half written. I’m fortunate that these books come fairly easy to me, and I can write a first draft in about three months.
Thank you for visiting with us today. I am anxious for your new book to release in January 2016.
Remember, visit Dan at his website www.danverner.com and