What role does your faith play in how you approach storytelling?
My faith informs the themes that are woven into my stories and the symbolism that is built into the structure of the storyworld. Sometimes those themes are more overt, and other times, they are very subtle. Both can result in beautiful, impactful stories.
And I always approach my writing through prayer and Scripture reading. So as the stories and characters simmer in the back of my mind—sometimes for years before I begin writing—and as I do my personal Bible study and listen to sermons, certain passage seep in and start simmering back there too.
Before you know it, a theme has emerged and the pieces begin to fall into place, until as I start putting words on the page, the story and characters and themes are interwoven so deeply that I can’t separate them.
So, it is a process that begins and continues with and relies upon Scripture reading and prayer, and this is while I write adventure stories with fantasy creatures and epic battles and imaginary worlds!
What are the best things readers can do to support their favorite authors?
Great question! The three best things, I think, are buying their books if you can, leaving a review online, and telling a friend about the series.
Buying their books tells the publisher that this book is worthwhile, and it helps the author’s sales ranking which means there’s a better chance they will be able to write more books in the future.
Leaving a review online boosts the book’s credibility in the eyes of other readers. And telling a friend about the series is one of the best ways to spread the word about a book!
Just think about how many times you’ve bought a book because a friend recommended it. I honestly can’t count the number of times I have!
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Song of Leira
The Songkeeper Chronicles #3
Gillian Bronte Adams
The Song bids her rise to battle.
Reeling from her disastrous foray into the Pit, Birdie, the young Songkeeper, retreats into the mountains. But in the war-torn north, kneeling on bloodstained battlefields to sing the souls of the dying to rest, her resolve to accept her calling is strengthened. Such evil cannot go unchallenged.
Torn between oaths to protect the Underground runners and to rescue his friend from the slave camps, Ky Huntyr enlists Birdie’s aid. Their mission to free the captives unravels the horrifying thread connecting the legendary spring, Artair’s sword, and the slave camps. But the Takhran’s schemes are already in motion. Powerful singers have arisen to lead his army – singers who can shake the earth and master the sea – and monsters rampage across the land.
As Leira falters on the verge of defeat, the Song bids her rise to battle, and the Songkeeper must answer.