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The last thing Kien Lantec expects on his first day of military leave is to receive marching orders from his Creator, the Infinite. Orders that don't involve destroyer-racing or courting the love of his life, Ela. Adding to Kien's frustration, his Infinite-ordained duties have little to do with his skills as a military judge-in-training. His mission? To warn the people of ToronSea against turning their backs to the Infinite to worship a new goddess. But why Kien? Isn't this the role of a true prophet, such as Ela of Parne?
     

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r j larsonR. J. Larson is passionate about writing fantasy fiction and her debut series, The Books of the Infinite, brings in rave reviews. She is also the author of numerous devotionals featured in publications such as Women's Devotional Bible and Seasons of a Woman's Heart. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and their two sons.

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 63:1, KJV  O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is….


 

 Our Interview with R J Larson


 

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m an ordinary person! A wife and mom with a “day” job who rejoices in a lifelong love of people, books, words, and learning. My brain is constantly spinning stories, and writing is my most trustworthy approach to managing my out-of-control storyteller trait. Fortunately, I’m blessed with an understanding family. My husband is an editor and writer, as is his sister. In addition, both of my parents are wonderful storytellers, and I was raised in a houseful of books with four fearless brothers.

The brothers, by the way—love ‘em all forever!—constantly dragged me into adventures. Many of our childhood games started out with, “Pretend you’re the bad guy, and these sticks are our weapons….” Good training for an author!

What is your favorite Bible verse?  (Translation too, please) Why?

Psalm 63:1, KJV  O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is….

I first read this verse at age thirteen in my Dad’s KJV Bible, which is why I always associate this verse with KJV. Instantly, I thought, “That’s me!  This is my soul!” I was a young believer and incredibly thirsty for His presence—a joyous soul-thirst that remains and becomes sweeter with the passage of time. In fact…wow…as I’m writing this very sentence, I realize that this same thirst has been poured into The Books of the Infinite series, and is reflected in the main characters’ relationships with their Creator. Ela, in particular, compares His presence to life-giving water.

For as long as I live in this fallen Earth, I will thirst for my Creator, and this verse will be my favorite.

What was your inspiration to write Judge?

Judge emerged from the storyline of Prophet, which was inspired by a fragment of a dream. (Really!) As I became acquainted with Prophet’s wealthy and self-certain male protagonist, Kien Lantec, I realized his spiritual journey wouldn’t end with Prophet. His character reminded me of the verse from Judges 17:6, NASB “…every man did what was right in his own eyes.”

Kien’s “right” intentions aren’t necessarily his Creator’s intentions—resulting in a spiritual conflict that plunges Kien into unexpected danger and adventures.

 

Do you have a passion for fantasy fiction?

Yes! While I never expected to write fantasy, I have always loved the genre. As a child, I read innumerable fairy tales, myths, and ancient legends from all cultures. Even now, as an adult, speculative fiction of every sort continually delights me. And, as the Lord proved with parables, it’s safer to learn life-lessons through fiction—as opposed to experiencing troubles firsthand—which often involve bruises to the body and soul!

I’m thrilled to offer my own twists to the fantasy genre!

How much research did Judge take?

Because I love history and have extensively researched ancient cultures and Biblical customs, I felt prepared for the social aspects of the story—with a few other-world shifts. However, I wanted to be certain that my Biblical allusions aligned with scriptures. Fantasy or not, it’s critical to uphold the Lord’s Word!
 
I also researched ores, mining, food, ancient politics, monstrous beasts—mythical and real—and warfare!

What was the most interesting thing that you learned while researching and writing Judge?

The most interesting morsel, to me, was an insight from Jeremiah. During my research, I was amazed—as always—by the Lord’s patience when the prophet Jeremiah’s bitterness against Him in Jeremiah 20:7 (NASB) “O LORD, You have deceived me and I was deceived; You have overcome me and prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day long; Everyone mocks me.”

Once I understood the depths of Jeremiah’s pain, and the Lord’s evident compassion for Jeremiah’s mortal mindset, I realized that I had to apply a measure of this hurt to my own prophet, Ela as she struggles to save her family and friends from judgment.

What were the most difficult aspects of writing this story?

The action sequences were challenging. Often, when I’d finished a scene, I sent it off to my fourth brother, Joe, a true fightmaster who works in law enforcement and participates in fencing, martial arts, and battle strategies. When Joe approved, I celebrated and charged onward into the story. Several times, he demanded more details and I added them. Did I mention how much I love and appreciate my brothers?

Also, I was personally challenged to balance mortal suffering in a fallen world with our Creator’s unending, unchanging love and concern for us. His passion for us is unfathomable!

What other new writing projects do you have on the horizon?

The manuscript for Books of the Infinite, volume three, King, is finished and awaiting revisions—I love revisiting and polishing manuscripts! Also, plotlines for two new fantasies are brewing. Nothing concrete, but the ideas are there…waiting. And, I have two Victorian novels that are unfinished—abandoned for the Books of the Infinite. I’d love to find time to complete them!

 

What message would you like your readers to take from reading Judge?
 
Obedience to our Creator in all our actions and works. Our roles in life might not be what we imagine—we might not even perceive ourselves as successful—yet the Lord uses our faithful works for the ultimate good, which is His will.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Reader, thank you—your imagination and love of the written word brings books to life!

 


 

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