David DeVowe


David DeVowe writes Christian adventure for tweens, young adults and those that love a good family read. He hopes to write books that convey a renewed sense of hope, courage and respect for others.

An adventurer himself, David grew up in the wilds of Upper Michigan, and reaches into broad life-experience for his writings – from porcupines in the classroom to space travel tragedy. A former rocket scientist, and current pastor/preacher, David incorporates encounters with God in the distinctive characters of his novels.

He lives in Minnesota with his wife, the rest of their nine children—and with many of their grandchildren (on weekends).

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find David DeVowe online

Where to buy in print


Greatest Treasure
A refreshing adventure of hope, courage, and love, on a surprising road of redemption.
For the Love of Ricky
Price: $0.99 USD.
The Suitor's Treasure
Price: $3.99 USD.
Mystery of MaryAnne
Price: $3.99 USD.


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.
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?
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.

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