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!