A Heartbeat in Danger
Almost 50 years after Roe v. Wade comes a book that dares to strike a balance between the extremes on both sides of this debate. Challenging and thought provoking, ‘Heartbeat’ presents the story of a teenage girl facing an unexpected pregnancy. She is taken into the future to see what her child’s life may or may not become. Without proselytizing its message, this book offers a compelling story while ultimately allowing the reader to decide the outcome.
This book can be purchased by clicking the picture. My interview with Dan will give you a better look inside where his creativity and being an author began.
What inspired you to write this book?
Dan: A little over ten years ago, our chosen daughter was pregnant. The father wasn't in the picture. Her parents had been divorced for several years. And she believed her life was over because of her pregnancy. She was devastated and scared, not knowing what to do. That conversation marinated in my head until I had to write this book.
What is your favorite childhood book?
Dan: It was actually a series of Christian themed books, Danny Orlis. He was always out on some adventure, but kept God in the forefront of his actions.
What does literary success look like to you?
Dan: To be known as someone who challenged the narrative that the church is irrelevant, and that the world is all wrong. To provoke thought about what it means to live a life of faith, knowing it will be stained by the world as we reach out to people and help them navigate life.
Does your family support your work as a writer?
Dan: My wife is my biggest fan.
How do you select the names of your characters?
Dan: I don't know. I think of a premise for a book and try to find names that would "fit" the story. But it's not really a science.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Dan: It taught me to fine tune what I say and care more about details, without burdening the reader of minutiae.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Dan: If I had some, I would read them...