Farmersburg resident Darrell Case has won a 2020 Author Elite Award in the Mystery category for his book, “Never Ending Spring.” Case was announced the winner at this year’s Online Experiential Author Elite Awards ceremony hosted from the Hilton Columbus/Polaris in Columbus, Ohio.
When he is not writing, Darrell is in jail - actually several jails or prisons. And he’s been there for over 30 years. As the co-founder of Souls for Christ, Darrell ministers to serial killers, mass murderers robbers, drug dealers, and other serious lawbreakers.
Born in 1945, Darrell grew up on his family’s farm. He spent his summers reading, wandering in the surrounding woods, fishing in the neighbor’s pond and learning to love nature.
In high school, he perfected the art of hiding a novel behind a textbook. While the rest of the class labored over equations Darrell sailed the seven seas, followed a snowy trail in the Yukon, climbed the Rockies, swam the Amazon and fought wars in foreign lands. In books he discovered worlds far beyond the hot, boring classroom.
At age 49 Darrell put pencil to paper and began recording the stories rumbling around in his head. His first book sold a grand total of six copies. Not one to give up, he went back to the drawing board. He has since graduated to word processing, yet he still makes the same mistakes. It's just easier to correct them.
Through trial and error and more error Darrell learned to write. His books have gained five stars from many of those who count: his readers.
I & R: Welcome Darrell to Interviews & Reviews! With so much going on in your life, how long have you been writing?
DC: I began writing in 1994 after a mission trip to the Ukraine. I always loved books and thought being an author was one of the greatest professions in the world.
I & R: How many books have you written?
DC: Eight. My first book, a nonfiction, Live life to the Fullest was published in 2010. The rest are mysteries and thrillers. With the exception of a collection of Christmas stories written for family and friends.
I & R: What is your latest book about?
DC: The best way to answer this question is to refer from the cover of Hands of The Father:
Taylor Jackson is a moonshiner, a father and a serial killer. In a jealous rage, he murders his wife in front of their eight-year-old son, Globe, and then replaces her with another and another. None of them meet his standards. To Globe they are temporary mothers. He can visit their graves in the pasture, but he dares not love them. His father kills everything Globe loves. Taylor is arrested and escapes. He vows to kill the only witness to his crimes ─ his son. Globe realizes the only way to stop his father is to kill him. Taylor lures his son into a trap. Will Globe become his father’s next victim or can he put an end his father’s murderous spree?
I & R: Do you have any other books in the works?
DC: I’m working on a new Christian thriller to be released in the fall of 2017.
I & R: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
DC: If God has called you to write don’t give up. There will be many things to pull at you. Family and friends can encourage or discourage you. Rejections from agents and publishers are meaningless. Some of the greatest book were and are rejected numerous times.
I & R: When is your favourite time of day to write?
DC: I like to write early of a morning while others are sleeping. The world-at least my part of it – is quiet. In the stillness, I can hear the characters speak.
I & R: What is something most people don't know about you?
DC: I’m really an introvert. I have to force myself to be public as in book signings, interviews or having my picture on books, website, etc.
I & R: One final question - how were you saved?
DC: A friend invited me to church. He then took me back to his home and answered all my questions. That simple prayer to receive Christ as my Saviour changed my life.
I & R: That's awesome! Thank you for sharing with us today and for letting us know about your new book. You can connect with Darrell through his website at http://darrellcase.org and purchase his book through Amazon.