This week’s Christian Fiction Corner on Write Thinking features R.K. Mortenson‘s fantasy and adventure story for children (and adults who never outgrow the love for same), Landon Snow And the Island of Arcanum.
I’ve loved children’s fantasy and adventure stories my whole life. Still do. Can’t get enough of them. That’s why I decided to write some of my own.
As I was writing Landon Snow I kept wondering, "Is it okay to do this? Can I use the Bible in the story and include fantasy?" My fears, I realized, were over what other people would think. When I looked to God and asked the same questions, the questions fairly evaporated. I felt reassured by a sense of God telling me: I gave you my Word; I gave you a vivid imagination; I gave you the talent to write. Use them.
I think the Bible today has lost its "magic." I’m not talking about spells and such. I’m talking about its appearing special and unique as the Word of God: as a means-or window-into another world beyond our own. There is power in the Word of God and it does transport us to another place. It also ignites the imagination. I thought, if kids open their Bibles to find some of this "magic," then that’s a very good thing. (If kids-and adults-open their Bibles at all, that’s a good thing.) I also thought, even if they don’t open their Bibles, at least they’ve read a few lines of Scripture in the novel itself.
Some readers have asked if any of the characters are based on real people. Well, they’re not. I made them up. I suppose there is a little bit of me in Landon, but not too much. His personality is his own.
Looking for the perfect gift for a young reader? Landon Snow And the Island of Arcanum might be just the thing.