First-time author inspired by the creator

Maple Ridge writer Darrell Swanson tackles faith and technology in new book

First-time author inspired by the creator

Darrell Swanson’s idea for his first book was born decades ago.

Daunted slightly by the idea of writing a novel, Swanson began the outline of a “story.”

“I never really put a time frame on completing it, but it bugged me that I may become just another wannabe writer and procrastinate unto the grave,” he says.

“To me, that’s not a modus operandi; I like to finish what I start.”

In a fit of frustration, he contacted a friend who is a published author.

Over lunch, he learned the “in’s and out’s” of writing a book and was referred to Roxane Christ, an editor, who helped him flush out what would become The Bodacious Descendant. The self-published book was released in March.

The Bodacious Descendant is the first of a series of adventure, intrigue and romance-filled novels by Swanson.

It tells the story of Caleb, a direct descendant of Otzi, the European iceman.

Caleb possesses unparalleled powers. He can walk on water and raise the dead.

The Bodacious Descendant takes readers into to a prehistoric world filled with dinosaurs and long-extinct creatures, from one suspenseful plot to the next including terrorism, CIA covert operations and kidnapping.

Swanson’s reasons for writing the book came from watching society erode into a “complacent, narcissistic, helpless and desperate state.”

“Because of the erosion of faith and the promotion of the religion of human secularism, moral integrity, love for our fellow man, even a healthy love for ourselves is glaringly missing,” he says.

“We are happy to bow at the altar of technology, but not to give one iota of thanks to our creator. This story is about someone who discovers he has God’s powers and is called upon to use them. My hope is that you will be inspired to seek the creator.”

• Darrell Swanson will be signing copies of his book The Bodacious Descendant at House of James, 2743 Emerson Street in Abbotsford on Saturday, June 18 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The book is available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and OffThe Bookshelf.com.