Good Monday Morning everyone!! Please join me in welcoming Jenny Fulton as a guest this morning on Other Worlds, talking about her journey as a fantasy writer. 🙂
Invisible Battles—How It All Began
“Can I do this, God?” I asked. “Can I really do this?”
“Yes,” He replied.
“If I take this on, will you help me?”
“Do you think I can write this, John?” I asked my husband, still a bit daunted by the prospect.
And so, with a lot of collaboration, help, and encouragement, I wrote the first book, Invisible Battles: the Quest for Hope. And then, with the same ingredients, I wrote the sequel, To Be a Queen.
How It Began
I wasn’t expecting to write a fantasy novel.
Oh, I enjoyed reading this genre. But in the summer of 2014, I wasn’t looking for a book-writing deal. I was simply trying to find out if my writing was good enough to earn a few dollars as a part-time gig.
To that end, I applied to a few jobs, including one to write weekly online youth and children’s stories. I sent a basic email expressing my interest and waited to hear back. To my surprise, I received a response almost immediately. After a few back and forth messages, we made plans to talk via Skype.
“Ok, so I don’t actually want you to write the weekly stories,” Eric said. “You see, I’ve had this idea for a book that I’ve wanted to write for a really long time, and I feel like God is telling me you’re the one to write it.”
Kind of hard to say no to something like that, so, after discussing it with God and John, I said, yes.
It turned out that Eric had already developed the fantasy world, the general fantasy creatures, and the overall concept. Novus was a land in which invisible forces fought for and against the High King’s beloved physical creations. The story, once it was written, would allude to Biblical principles without using Christianese terms. That’s where I came in. Using the pieces Eric already had in place, I developed the characters and plot that would enable his vision to come to life.
After months of writing and consistently checking in to ensure the story was aligning with his vision, it was finished. Several months later, after receiving input from beta readers and making significant revisions, it was ready to be published. By this time, the book had become as much a part of my heart as it was his. The characters and their struggles were as dear to me as the people in my life.
In addition, my faith had grown. Translating spiritual truths into fantasy language is an incredibly eye-opening experience.
Three years after publishing the first book, we are getting ready to publish a second. My characters have grown up and it has been so much fun to see how they have changed and developed over the years.
I’m so thankful for this unexpected opportunity and look forward to continuing the journey the High King, I mean God, has set me upon.
In the newly created land of Novus, a powerful and immortal being known as the Dark One has all but succeeded in erasing the name of the High King from the hearts and minds of the people. The battle, however, is far from over. Unbeknownst to the Dark One and his minions of Chashaks, the High King has been at work among a loyal group of followers. Now he is ready to make his move.
Invisible crystalline beings known as Erela are being sent out across the land to seek out those who are willing to play a part in this unfolding story. Among them is a young apprentice named Levi. Having never traveled beyond the borders of his own home, Levi is sent forth on an important and dangerous mission. In another part of the kingdom, Aliatta, a proud young royal, is about to have her safe and comfortable world turned upside down. Seemingly opposite in almost every regard, these two young people soon find their lives intertwined in a cosmic quest for hope and truth.
- Invisible Battles Book Two: To Be a Queen (set for release in the fall of 2019).
For the last five years, the heir of Novus has been hidden away in a secret valley learning about the High King. Now it is time to claim her place as the Queen of Novus and take back the land from the grip of the Dark One. The task is not an easy one. In order to succeed the young princess, Aliatta, must learn how to operate in and trust the power of the High King to overcome both physical and spiritual evils. Battles will be fought, a land will be set free, and a young princess will learn what it truly means to be a queen.
Jenny Fulton is a writer, educator, and mother with a passion for communicating truth through stories. She graduated from Grace University with a bachelor’s in Bible and Elementary Education and an endorsement in ESL. Immediately after graduation, Jenny moved to China and taught ESL at an International school for three years. She then moved back to the U.S. and taught for one year on the Navajo Reservation. The following year, Jenny moved to the city where she met and married her husband, John. She now has three beautiful daughters and writes as much as time and opportunity allow. Throughout all of these life changes, writing has been a passion: a way to express and communicate her experiences and perceptions, a way process and understand life, a way to allow her imagination to soar.
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