Thursday, November 7, 2013

Strait of Hormuz: Bonus Info

As a bonus post to my review earlier this week, here's a short follow-up Q & A with Davis Bunn for Strait of Hormuz. These are my favorites out of the provided questions, so I hope you enjoy these insights into Bunn's story and writing too. And, as a double-bonus, check out Bunn's Pinterest page with some of scenery from Strait of Hormuz, as well as quick peeks at the main characters:

Q & A with Davis Bunn

Q: This story includes two special components from your early life. Tell us about them.

Davis Bunn: My mother worked as an antiques dealer. In truth, ‘work’ was not really the correct term, because this was a passion she inherited from her mother. They bonded while my mom was still a child, going to small eastern Carolina towns and hunting around junk stores for the sort of bargains that don’t exist anymore.

Their first love was early Americana, a type of colonial furniture known as Jacobean that predated America’s nationhood. I never really shared this passion, but in two previous books I came to respect and admire those who do.

And so I knew a great delight in re-entering this world in Strait of Hormuz, only this time at the very highest end. Strait takes place in the rarified world of multi-million dollar art, where the richest of collectors vie with museums and galleries for items that are no longer classed as antiques, but rather as treasures

The second special component was the location. I lived in Switzerland for almost five years, and many of the venues were places where I worked, and walked, and came to discover myself as an author.

Q: In what way is the setting important to this book?

DB: The Strait of Hormuz is one of the world’s most critical waterways. Stretching between Iran and the Gulf States, the strait is home to two US fleets. More than a third of all the oil consumed worldwide pass through these waters. But the story actually begins in Switzerland, before traveling to the Sinai and then into the hotly-contested Strait of Hormuz.

Q: What drew you to the missionary church movement as a theme? 

DB: I came to faith in a missionary church. I was working as a consultant based in Germany. The year I accepted Christ, the Southern Baptist Mission Board founded a missionary church in Dusseldorf. I attended the church, I grew in the church, I studied under two amazing pastors, and one of them returned to Europe to marry us.

It was also where I learned to write. Two weeks after coming to faith, I felt called to writing. I wrote for nine years and completed seven books before my first was accepted for publication. The church, its members, and the elders all played a critical role in bringing me to where I am now. I am living testimony to the vital role played by the missionary church.
Sweepstakes Reminder!
Remember that Bunn is offering a giveaway to celebrate the publication of “Strait of Hormuz.” The grand prize is His & Hers Luxury Swiss Watches, while another winner will receive a $150 Amazon Gift Card! Follow the link to enter, and get more entries by sharing the contest on Facebook and Twitter:
You can also find out more about Bunn on his website and Facebook page.

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