Interview with David DeVowe

Published 2015-12-07.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I always say that I grew up in the sticks of Upper Michigan. Actually is was outside of a very small town with just enough children to separate into grades. My entire boyhood was an adventure in the wilds where most of what we ate we caught, shot, or grew. Many of the people I grew up with lived in very difficult situations which brought out a lot of character in all of us. These experiences heavily influence my writing, along with much larger adventures that took place into adulthood - including salvation in Jesus Christ.
Where did you get the idea for the Greatest Treasure series?
I only had the setting in mind - a small town during a period before my time. The story was born out of the first sentence in the book, when MaryAnne stepped through the schoolroom door. The rest of the book and those that follow blossomed from there. I do a lot of conceptual outlining, then I spend a lot of time on the first line, the first paragraph, and the first page. Everything I write is fictional, sprinkled with bits of reality. As a Christian fiction author, I hope the reader sees the Truth of God’s redemption story through it all.
You've been in the inner circle of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, escaped from Liberia with three little girls, four trips to eastern Ukraine—you have the material for gripping nonfiction. Why fiction?
Nobody’s interested in another memoir, especially mine—even if it includes some hair-raising experiences. It’s far more intriguing to include some of those in a fiction novel, take out the boring parts, and construct a story that others will want to read.
What makes the Greatest Treasure series special?
These books are intended to reach readers with the experience of God's visible hand in the lives of the main characters, Shoe Makinen and MaryAnne DuPree. I am particularly interested in reaching Christian young adult readers who like action and adventure. The protagonist in the first book is an 11-year-old boy, so I'm hoping this series will be good Christian fiction for boys.
What compelled you to write for the young adult genre?
There is so much enthusiasm in this age group, and so many decisions to be made. It is exciting to write with them in mind, and to encourage them with the power of God’s hand.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The joy of discovery. I love to find out what's going to happen next - even when I've outlined the future for my characters, something new happens that didn't expect.
So, why should readers give these books a try?
I think all of us can relate a little to Shoe and MaryAnne. This Christian fiction series is intended to be a refreshing adventure of hope, courage, and love for tweens, teens and even adults. I can only tell you what others have said: about 'Mystery at the Hot Pond', readers have shared that they loved it! All of it! Some reported that they had a hard time reading out loud because they laughed too hard; especially 'For the Love of Ricky'. I hope readers will see the testimony of God’s redemption plan through Jesus Christ and that they will experience that for themselves one day. For those that already know Him, I hope they will find much encouragement in the stories of Shoe and MaryAnne.
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Books by This Author

Mystery at the Hot Pond
Series: Greatest Treasure, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 27,420. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General
The new girl upsets class smack in the middle of winter. With her comes troubling change. Shoe Makinen discovers evidence that a double drowning at the sawmill may have been murder. MaryAnne’s faith is a mystery to Shoe as he suspects MaryAnne is intertwined in the investigation. What is she doing here? Was it an accident or murder? Will life ever be the same?
Mystery of MaryAnne
Series: Greatest Treasure, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,340. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General
“Hope, courage, and respect for others – when it seems most impossible” From the very start, she was told she didn’t belong in the north woods of Stoney Creek. Shoe Makinen thought he knew MaryAnne until a stranger turns the small lumbering town upside down. He discovers something shocking about her that he never would have imagined without the insight of an outsider. Nor would have MaryAnne.
For the Love of Ricky
Series: Greatest Treasure, Prequel. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,760. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
For The Love Of Ricky is a prequel to Mystery At The Hot Pond. Shoe Makinen reflects on the early days with his brother Richard and the tribulations that come from having a younger brother in the home. .
The Suitor's Treasure
Series: Greatest Treasure, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,080. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General
After MaryAnne and Shoe find themselves in Grandma’s attic, they uncover a secret that reveals a ‘most beautiful love story’. Shoe and MaryAnne are bound together on a search for something no one else thought to be true. Shoe was hopeful. But MaryAnne believed.