Shannon Dittemore

April16th

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The Champion_group

 

If you’re here, you know me. At least well enough to know I’m the author of the Angel Eyes trilogy.  Two of the novels have been released and the third, Dark Halo, will be on shelves in August. It’s been a journey I will never, ever forget and throughout it all, there is one question I’m asked time and again.

Why write about angels and demons?

It’s a legitimate question, especially since the Christian marketplace is known more for their romantic novels than anything else. But I have to admit, at first I was a little taken aback by the question. You see, angels and demons have always played on the backdrop of my storytelling experience and it was the most natural thing in the world for me to speculate about.

I grew up in a church where the creative arts were encouraged. As a teenager, I was part of a traveling team that performed mime, puppetry, dance,  dramas and the like. We were called (and I almost hate to tell you this) DMV, the Dynamic Mighty Voices, which I’ve always thought was curious since the one thing we DIDN’T do was sing.

We started out doing puppets and such for the Sunday school classes at church and that led us to our first competition where we took home little gold medals in both puppetry and mime. After that, our fearless leader, Sherry, led us through every open door that followed. We performed at malls, a Billy Graham crusade, with Psalty. All things, you church brats will appreciate. But mostly, we toured other churches, youth groups, and schools. It was a time that shaped so much of who I am today. And it absolutely fueled my passion for storytelling.

About a month ago, I did a Twitter chat with Inspire Writers and I promised to post a few pictures of myself during these years. See, when church kids tell stories, there is always a built in bad guy. Satan, right? And somehow, some way, I ended up playing him an awful lot. I couldn’t find as many pictures as I would have liked, but here are a few.

And yes, I give you permission to laugh. 

DMV

This is the oh-so-official publicity shot for DMV.  I’m in the bottom row, far left, and that is my favorite puppet, Penelope. Please note the birds up there in the top row. They’re sitting on the shoulders of Sherry Patterson. She is to blame for much of what I am today.

Tempest_Sylvan

This shot was taken a bit earlier. I was in junior high here and this is a school production, The Tempest. Not sure why I’m wearing different colored tights, but here I am as Sycorax.

Cool Girl_YWAM

This was taken at summer camp. I’m there on the far right. We were the mean girls before mean girls were cool.

Sleepwalking_Mall

Performing at the mall here, a mime called Sleepwalking. I’m the second from the right. So many hilarious make-up faux pas when we were in our face paint.

Champion_TJ

Here we are performing Carman’s, The Champion, on the beaches of Tijuana. Now, the truth is, youth groups the world over have done this drama. Certainly not original, but I got to play Satan. Tons of fun, by the way.

Mary_LWCC

Of course, I’ve played Mary the mother of Jesus. I mean, who hasn’t? I can’t quite remember when this was taken. After high school some time.

Eternity

This was a show I did while in college called Eternity. It’s very similar to Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames. See all those angels behind me?

And you wondered why I chose to examine the invisible. 😉

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10 Comments

  • Comment by Devin Berglund — April 16, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

    Hello Shannon, I really enjoyed this post! I just recently bought your book, Angel Eyes! And I can’t wait to read it!!! 🙂

  • Comment by Elizabeth M Thompson — April 16, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

    These pics are great, Shannon!

  • Comment by Jill Williamson — April 17, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    Fun post, Shannon. Love the pictures. 🙂

  • Comment by Sarah Penner — April 17, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Yay Shannon! I was so hoping that you really would post these! Love this walk through your past and, as you well know, I love your books! Thanks so much for sharing your passion with us!

  • Comment by Julia — April 17, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

    Awesome!! Encouraged me to look at my older photos…(funny/scary…)

  • Comment by Gillian Adams — April 18, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    What a fun post! I just recently finished reading both Angel Eyes and Broken Wings. I love how a drama background can be so helpful in writing. I feel like I draw upon my drama experience when writing just as much as I draw upon all the novel writing books. 🙂

  • Comment by Lacey — April 18, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    Epic photos Shan! I’m loving it! All except the puppets. I hate those things! Lol I’m glad to both know you as a friend and a writer! Glad these awesome experiences added so much! 🙂

  • Comment by Karen — April 18, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    Love the pictures… funny there are times when I still see you that way…not as the devil … but that age and all the fun you all had…
    Love ya

  • Comment by Candy S — April 22, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    Ok,so if most Christian marketplaces are known for romantic novels,I must be blinded by my preferences (which is probably the case).Blame it on discovering Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness when I was in high school.My eyes were wide open to the realization of the role Angels and Demons play.Later in life I found Left Behind Series and Ted Dekker books.So some of Ted’s books have romance but they are laced with adventure that capture your attention til the last word. I am glad I was introduced to your books and hope to get my hands on a copy if them soon.I know I will enjoy them. I also did Drama/Skits at church in High school.I loved it and was sad when our director left and we no longer did it. We never did the Champion but I bet ya’ll skit was awesome plus on beach, wow that must have been an awesome experience.

  • Comment by Kaydee — May 16, 2013 @ 7:20 am

    I know we have a picture of you all dressed up at Satan with red face paint and the whole shabang. I’m gonna have to find it now!

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