Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down on the right hand of the throne of God.
"A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read."
HAPPY NEW YEAR from North Star Stories! Can you believe it's 2016 already? Six years into the second decade of the new millennium. My how time flies.
So what am I up to this year? Writing. Lots of writing. For starters, I'm working on a prequel to Mysterious Ways. Yep, I'm going to take my readers back to 1811 when Stuart Smith, lovingly known as Grandpa, was just 17 years old. The story grows as Stuart grows and eventually will end right where Charlie is introduced, at White as Snow.
I love the research required to write such a book. 1811 was a strange era in our nation's history; caught somewhere between the colonial period and the Industrial Revolution. In reality, not much was recorded about life outside of the big eastern cities during that time, so discovering how folks lived in the small, yet rising towns of Saint Louis and Saint Charles, Missouri has been challenging, yet quite exciting. I know my readers will appreciate the historical truths, as well as learning more about the boy who grew to be the man that raised Charlie.
Second, I've a new manuscript ready for publisher's review, but to-date, I've not found him/her. Why? Because this manuscript, although Inspirational Fiction, has little resemblance to Mysterious Ways. This story is in a genre known as Speculative Fiction, and frankly, most publishers feel Speculative Fiction can be quite risky. (Familiar secular SF books include The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury; and Dune by Frank Herbert just to name a few.)
Speculative Fiction is made up of stories that stretch the bounds
of what readers know with their own mind, but encourages them to think about
the “what-ifs”. SF is about places, characters, and
worlds that are unlike what we know. The speculative genre also crosses over
and meshes with all other genres to some extent such as Thriller, Crime, Romance, etc. The books are very imaginative and creative and in the case of my manuscript, thought provoking. Thought provoking because my story is fiction, but founded on Biblical truth. I've been told, as the first book of a series, it is down right scary. Why? Because of the "what if's." Mainly, "what if this were true?"
SF isn't new to Christian readers. For example, the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins is Inspirational, yet Speculative fiction. The authors simply took a Biblical truth and wrote a fiction story.
As a Christan reader myself, these types of stories make for great reading and I believe Christians are hungry for more, especially young adults (please note, most SF isn't for children). With the entertainment world drenched with the blood dripping from the mouths of vampires or the filled with the stench of rotting corpses, I know Christians are ready for Inspirational/Speculative Fiction. Why? Because we know, no matter how bad the situation gets, we, through the power and resurrection of Jesus Christ will always be victorious...even if we're fighting zombies!
My goal in 2016 is to see both works published and I believe just as the Lord led me to Cladach Publishing for the publishing of Mysterious Ways, I know he will lead me to the right agent/publisher with this new series as well. If not, I might seek his counsel on self-publishing. More on that later. (I'll be updating this site monthly.)
In the meantime, have a wonderful year. My prayer for you is that as you seek and do God's will for your life, He blesses you and yours abundantly.