Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Write to the Point with D.M. Webb June 27, 2012

Congratulations to Morgan who won last week’s giveaway!

Today we get write to the point with D.M. Webb. I hope you will take the time to read this interview, I was deeply touched by the things D.M. shared, I hope you will be too.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

I’m a widow (only 37 years young) with two sons, Caleb (17) and Blake (10). Lived in Mississippi all my life, even though I have flirted with the idea of moving. I have visited 29 of the states. And until they build a highway to Hawaii, then it will probably remain off the list. Or if I play the role of B.A. in the A-Team, the only way I will be able to fly since I wasn’t granted wings. As for writing, well since I was 6. Wrote my first poem about cats. Still have the “original” manuscript. Stopped writing when life intervened in my twenties, then I was inspired to pick it back up. Never give up, never surrender, my motto when confronting defeat and fear.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

It was a gradual process. I wasn’t raised in church. Started attending when I was 12, my bus driver was the pastor’s wife. Then regularly attended by the time I was 14. Back in the 90’s, it was okay to hold revivals on school property, especially the gym or auditorium. It was a hilarious show, with a ventriloquist and one of the funniest jokes I ever heard. Still remember it to this day. Anyway, when the time came to come to the altar I was pressured into it. The pastor there contacted mine and told him that I wasn’t ready. Unlike some people, I didn’t understand it all. Then one day at school weeks after the revival, I was standing outside waiting for the homeroom bell to ring. My boyfriend at the time was sick, and I was alone on the back side of the school. I remember staring at the blue sky with its wispy clouds breezing by overhead. The wind picked up and made my hair dance around my shoulders. I laughed. “I know you. I know who you are now.” And it happened. Just like that. One lone moment in time.

Wow, that brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful picture you just painted of your encounter with God.

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

Mississippi Nights: I want the readers to realize, no matter what Jesus is always there, waiting for us. Plus, when we look to the world to heal us or to help us, we will ultimately fall further away from God. Nothing is ever an easy fix, but with God, nothing is impossible.

My next books: I don’t know yet. So far the characters have been hush-hush about the whole ordeal. They just demand that I write their tale one step at a time.

Back cover blurb for Mississippi Nights: Two brothers, one death–the bond of brotherhood faces its greatest challenge against resentment and guilt.
Cant the love between two brothers eventually win against pain and guilt?
When Firefighter David Boyette’s fiancee perishes in a car fire, he blames his brother, Sgt. Jeremy Boyette, for her death.
Three years later, David returns home with a dark and devastating secret. With help of family, a woman’s love, and a small child’s devotion, can David overcome insurmountable odds as he and Jeremy face the bitterness that enslaves him?
Together the brothers must decide if the bond of brotherhood is stronger than resentment and hate.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

I blog about one a week. Every once in a while, I get a wild hair and post TWO.

And it will cover just about anything: whatever is laid on my heart, jumping about in my brain, or sometimes just a rambling that eventually has a point.

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

That’s like saying share your favorite food or choose which is your better feature or choose which hand you like better. Each has its purpose. Since I am a collector of stories and old books, I have so many. If I had to choose one, it would be The Blue Flower by Henry van Dyke. The book I have is over a hundred years old. I read a little in it at a time. The stories are beautiful allegories of Jesus and a person’s search for Him. A most wonderful book.

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

When my husband was killed in the line of duty (he was a firefighter), my father died in my arms barely three months later. For a few months I was lost, not caring about what I did or anything. I was numb, emotionally and mentally. Spiritually, I still relied on Him, but I started growing ever further away. In a nutshell: I was kicked out of my mother’s home, ended up in a wrong relationship, floundered about wondering what was wrong with me. In the space of those four years, I found me in my own home, myself published, my heart, dreams, and life held safely in God’s hands. And just when I thought I would forever be alone, God led me to someone. Just recently, too. A devout Christ follower and someone who has always been around. I still struggle (starving artist is a role I aptly play at the present), but no longer worry. The devil may intended for these hardships to hurt me or damage me, but I drew closer to God. I’m His…forever.

Thanks for sharing that, I am so glad you are seeing God’s goodness through your heartache. He will continue to hold you.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

My favorite. Mark 4:39 “Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”

Jesus continues to rebuke the storms in my life.

Where can we find you on the web?

Twitter:  @DaphMichele

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?


Everything and nothing. Basically this: when I hear God speak to me, I don’t hear it. I FEEL it. A peace that is beyond words. A confidence that this is what needs to be done, this is the path to travel. That gate is narrow and the world offers a broader path, but if you want to follow Jesus, never conform. Never compromise your beliefs, even if it means standing alone.

Beautiful. Not only did you give us a great interview I think you gave us all some things to think about and praise God for. God bless you as you continue to write for His glory.

Readers, D.M. is giving away a copy her her book Mississippi Nights. Leave a comment for her by July  3 at 5:00 PM and you will be entered to win.


20 Responses to “Write to the Point with D.M. Webb”

  1. Oh, D.M., my heart aches for your loss…a dear friend of mine lost her husband to a car accident. 10 years later she lost her oldest son to a freak medical thing. Yet she too is strong in Christ, so strong that her parents lean on her. But God is good and will lead you both. I would love to win Mississippi Nights. i enjoyed the interview. Thanks for the chance to win.

    marianne dot wanham at gmail dot com

    • marianne: loss is one of many life’s lessons. I learned to rely solely upon God for the comfort needed. Doesn’t mean I don’t falter. I do. A lot. But each stumble only strengthens me more. :o)

  2. Judy Burgi Says:

    D.M. your interview wih Melissa brought me to tears. I don’t know why I’m so weepy today. I’m sure it is because I am truly missing my Mom. She passed away on January 27th of this year. I get upset with people when they ask me how old was she when she died. What difference does that make? She’s still gone. Or they will say, was she ill? What difference does that make she’s still gone and a part of me is missing. I lost a husband to brain cancer almost 10 years ago. I said I’d never marry again. God had other plans. Eight years ago I married my adult sunday school teacher! D.M. God is about to work wonders in your life…just wait and see! We serve a Mighty Awesome God and for that I am forever grateful.


    • Judy:
      God’s plans are always so astounding. Unbeknownst to me, God had a purpose for me last night at church. I was dealing with a heartbreak (a problem cropped up and is slowly being rectified) and felt so alone. I ended up rededicating my life to Him last night. And now the world is changing around me. God is leading me down a new path, even my sons felt that the change was coming. :o)
      It is always so uplifting to me to see what others post and comment. True blessings indeed.

  3. Linda Says:

    Enjoyed your interview. Loved the moment on the bus when your hair was blown and you knew Who is was! Cool! I’d love to win your book. Maybe I’ll learn about Mississippi, as I’ve never been down South.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

    • Linda:
      That one moment in time at the school was one of many turning points in my life. I never believe that life is a straight line. It twists, turns, double back, and loop around.
      If you never been down South, I would say take a vacation and some on down! :o) Just not in the summer. LOL

  4. Bethany Says:

    A truly encouraging post; it was so good to hear little bits about how God has brought you along through your life, praise Him! Your book sounds wonderful–I will be waiting for my library to get it!

    • Bethany:
      Oh, please encourage your library to carry it. And if they ever want to do an author event, all they need to do is contact me. (I love to travel).
      God continues to bring me along for the ride. I am always waiting in anticipation to see what He does next with me.

  5. Thank you for sharing. This is a very encouraging post! I love hearing stories about the amazing things God does. I really like your motto to never give up and never surrender when confronting defeat and fear. Also, Your book sounds really good! It is one I would definitely buy 🙂

    • Heather:
      Did you know that the motto “never give up, never surrender” was used in the sci-fi movie Galaxy Quest? :o)
      I love it. Sometimes when things seem to go wrong every second of the day, I will stand up and shout “Never give up! Never surrender!” Then one of my boys would reply, “Unless it’s for chocolate!”. :o)
      In all seriousness though, I have to remind myself of that motto quite a bit. The more you draw closer to Jesus, the more the devil tries to hinder you.

  6. Susieq Says:

    loved your interview. what a great testimony! God is faithful! would love to win your book.

  7. It is so awesome to read the comments here! In case anyone wonders, yes Daphne Tutor Webb is D.M. Webb. :o) I had a hard time logging in, probably because I forgot the password. Since I didn’t have much time to set a new password, I saw the little facebook logo and logged in that way. :o)
    I look forward to more comments, but may not be able to respond until Sunday afternoon. Pray for me, please, as I do a book signing in Panama City, FL at Books by the Sea. Long drive ahead and then back. I am being rebaptized Sunday morning as part of my rededication, so I will be high tailing home Saturday evening. :o)
    You are all a blessing to me with so many encouraging posts. And Melissa, thank you so much for hosting me.

  8. karenk Says:

    a great posting…thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel 😉

  9. Linda McFarland Says:

    Wow what a very heart to heart interview with DM Webb……I would love to read DM’s new book…Mississippi Nights’ …sounds sooo good…….I have shared on facebook and twitter

  10. Carolyn Boyles Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I came close to losing my better half about 12 years ago. The docs only gave him a 50/50 chance at best and we got lucky. Enjoyed the interview.

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