When I sat down to spin the tale of Genevieve Reidell, I knew the trappings of the world that she would inhabit. I knew that it would look like our own in nearly every way. The singular event that serves as a backdrop to “The Girl in the Storm”, a school shooting, is an event that is all too familiar in our time. Yet out of that tragedy comes a discovery, a discovery that propels Genevieve on a journey she never could have imagined. In building out the new world she discovers, one that hides in plain sight, I knew that I would need to draw from a pantheon of beings that were already well established. What came out of that effort was the makings of theology unique to the world that I had created.
To be clear, the series that this book entails, A Season of Angels, is not a work of Christian Fiction. Yes, there are archangels, demonic entities and even the Devil himself, and while the names of those figures may be familiar to Christian audiences, this story does not fall within that literary world. The theology that lives within these tales is a creation all my own, one that may look familiar on the surface but changes in many ways the deeper you peer inside it. If that runs counter to what you were hoping to find within the world that I’ve imagined, I can only say this—give this story a chance. It will not look like the world your faith has taught you, but within this tale of Angels and Demons there is a theme that should appeal to all of us.
Hope. Compassion. And finding strength and courage despite our fears, vulnerabilities or doubts. That is the heart of the story of Genevieve. A young woman whose inherent compassion is her guide, and whose vulnerabilities and fears are the source of her greatest strength.
There will be twists and turns as the story evolves, along with revelations of the mythology of this world that I won’t talk in detail about here. I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun, after all, and would rather have an audience uncover those moments as they happen. Suffice to say, you will find something of an allegorical commentary on the role and nature of organized religion as the story of Genevieve is told, and for those of you who have already read the first draft of “The Girl in the Storm”, you have seen a few hints of this yourself. (some of the Angels have an opinion or two and they aren’t afraid to share it)
But I won’t be entirely cryptic either.
How about a little tease?
A brief primer on Angels in the fictional world that I’ve created.
The Angels that inhabit this world are the beings closest to the Creator. God’s first creation. Their true form can only be seen by other Angels, or those given the sight for such things by God himself. And what is their true form? There are no wings in this Angelic world, that much I can tell you straight away. Think instead of starlight, the light that you might expect to see when a star goes supernova, now shape that into a towering human-like form and you have true nature of an Angel. One thing to remember, when an Angel leaves Heaven … they can never go back. Any Angel that makes that difficult choice carries the burden of knowing that their home will never be seen again. To that end, the form that an Angel takes in the living world that we all know is a form of their own choosing. But can an Angel change their human form once they have set foot within our world?
Stay tuned, when “The Girl in the Storm”, “The Woman in Darkness” and “Elegy” are released—you’ll find that answer (and many others) soon enough.
I hope you will join me when the story is told. And I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed bringing that world to life.