If you are looking for a fun summer read, this has to be it! David Winters joins us today and shares how his new release, Driver Confessional, came to be. First, a little bit about the book.
He has an unusual gift for relaxing his customers and stimulating their desire to reveal more than they planned. By the completion of their ride, many feel so comfortable that they confess their sins great and small. Antonio’s faith guides his discussions and points him in new directions. Suddenly, his peaceful world is turned upside down by a mysterious business woman. As she heads to a midnight rendezvous, she confesses more than Antonio can handle. Her story sends him into a world of espionage, international terrorism and danger.
So, share with our readers what drove you to write Driver Confessional (pun intended).
On the last day of December, 2016, my life as a Government manager ended and my journey as a writer began. With my first book already in the can and waiting for the right editor, it was time for a diversion. Not being able to imagine sitting around all day, I accepted a friend’s challenge to drive 50 Uber rides so he could get a $350 bonus. After learning that Uber was a ride-share app that worked through phones of drivers and passengers, the challenge was accepted.
Little did I know what I was getting into. That first night was New Year’s Eve. Washington, D.C. was hopping and surge pricing was in effect. After the first few rides, I was hooked. This part-time job came with a crazy amount of fun and the cure for retirement blahs.
It is hard to explain, even for a writer, the crazy things ordinary people do and say in the backseat of another person’s car. My experience included giving rides to the White House and to a crack house. (The app doesn’t tell you where you are going until after the rider is in the car.) Many of the insanely fun memories are woven into the book Driver Confessional.
One older couple made me wince, chuckle and yell all in the same ride. Originally hailing from “The Islands,” they bantered back and forth about the husband’s clandestine purchase of donuts while the wife had been shopping for their groceries. Her concern drove her to incredible lengths to get him to abandon the sugary treats and stay on his diabetic health diet. After a bitter argument and the husband taking an exaggerated bite out of a jelly donut, the missus shoved the rest of the donut into his face. The story has a happy ending and I knew the story needed to be told with several other of my Ubering stories in Driver Confessional.
As a fiction writer, the idea of a ride-share driver getting mixed up in a murder mystery held much allure. By mixing in some highlights from my five-month Uber driving career and some technical expertise from my 35 years in defense and homeland security science administration, the result is a murder mystery with international terrorists, a likable ride-share driver and a conclusion played out among Washington’s iconic monuments. Hopefully, this will be an enjoyable ride for all.
David L Winters is an award-winning author, humorist and speaker, originally from Ohio, who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. His first book, “Sabbatical of the Mind: The Journey from Anxiety to Peace,” won several awards including a Silver Illumination Award from the Jenkins Group and two Finalist Medals from the Next Generation Indies Book Awards.
Find out more about David at http://www.sabbaticalofthemind.net.
Thanks so much for joining us, David! We look forward to reading it.