Why do you write? What drives you to put your thoughts and life experiences in story form?
Some people write because it’s their way to relax or decompress, and that’s great. Some people write because it’s the “in” thing. I write because I love a great story and because I’ve seen how a truly great story can change the way people think.
Experiencing life through the eyes of someone different from us is often a powerful tool to learn what it means to be in their shoes, and it changes how we perceive others. Think about books like To Kill a Mockingbird or, more recently, The Help. Part of the beauty of stories is that they transport us to another time in history or another world altogether and allow us for a moment to imagine we are someone else, doing something else, achieving larger-than-life things. Whether it’s traveling upriver with Huckleberry Finn, chasing down criminals with Stephanie Plum, learning about lacewing flies in Potions class with Harry Potter, or grieving with the Fellowship of the Ring as Gandalf the Gray tumbles to his death after defeating the Balrog in the Mines of Moria, stories touch the human soul in a way nothing else can.
My debut novel, releasing in December, came from a handful of my experiences from my freshmen year of college. Basically, I asked myself what the world would look like if all the Christians took the Bible and ran away to hide. What would that do to the world? What would that do to humanity? If the Bible is gone for all intents and purposes and humanity is left on its own for 200 years, what would the universe look like? And then, what would happen if you drop a Christian back into the mix? How would she live? How would she survive? That is the concept that became the Morningstar Series.
Leading up to the release of Nameless, I’ve decided to do a series of posts on this site to give you guys the background for the story and how it developed from where it was to its current form. It’s been a humbling journey for me.
I don’t want to drag this post out longer than it needs to be, but the honest truth is this: Nameless isn’t a Christian book. It’s a book about a Christian.
I’ve been really frightened about putting it out there for everyone to see and pick apart, and I’ve been terrified about the reception it would receive. I’ve been terrified about how I will be perceived. But I’ve written it the way I feel I was called to write it, harsh language, grown-up moments, and all.
Is it graphic? No. Is it excessive? No. Is it real? Yes.
It’s designed to get a reader thinking about how he or she handles those real situations in real life. What do you believe about profanity? What do you believe about sex before marriage? What do you believe about homosexuality? What do you believe about religion, prostitution, and murder? Do you really believe that God has a plan? Do you believe it strongly enough that you’ll keep doing what God says is right even when nothing seems to work out for you?
They’re all questions I had to ask myself. They’re all questions everyone needs to have an answer for. I’m not writing to prove anything to anyone. I’m just writing to get people thinking about it.