Guest Blogger: Sarah Addison-Fox
Before I explain why I love writing speculative fiction, I feel like I need a disclaimer. I am by no means an expert on the topic. I stumbled into reading spec fiction when I was binge reading Christian books a couple years ago. I started with Donita K. Paul, moved to Jill Williamson, Patrick W. Carr, Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Jaye L. Knight, and Serena Chase—among many, many others. I spent a year and a half filling my head with amazing books, epic journeys, and astonishing feats of bravery.
Most of these fall under the category of spec fiction, but I really had no idea of that label until recently. I just knew that I loved what I was reading. But I think I really felt inspired to return to my own writing when I read Tricia Mingerink’s Blades of Acktar series. Until I read that series, I had no idea Christian fantasy could be so undeniably cool!
After years of messing around with contemporary writing, I’d found my niche. Here was a way I could let my imagination go crazy, I could build worlds, give people swords, and go nuts sending them on epic adventures I couldn’t ever hope to accomplish in my own life.
Here was a way to live vicariously, without rules, without boundaries, without anyone telling me I was wrong. It was like coming home. The more I explored, the more I became enamoured, and inspired.
Speculative fiction is for me, a portal into discovery. It is a way to share my faith, without fear of the flinch reaction non-believers sometimes have.
Through fantasy, I can construct worlds, create characters, and bring to the forefront the topics closest to my heart.
Now that I have discovered spec fiction, I can’t see myself writing anything else. I don’t know about you guys, but I want to escape from reality when I read! I want to explore, meet new people, laugh, cry, fall in love, see characters redeemed and be surprised. Most of all, I want to have fun!
Ultimately, that is why I write speculative fiction. It fills me with so much joy to be able to display, through words, the gift given so freely by the ultimate Creator Himself.
I truly believe that Jesus gives us all a passion inside us, meant to be shared for His glory.
All we have to be is willing to embrace the thing we love doing the most. It is my God-given dream to write speculative fiction, and now that I’ve written eight speculative fiction novels, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Disowned: The Allegiance Series Book One
Two countries, two choices, one life. When Kyraenean slave Celeste risks her life to reach the free nation of Etraea, a country filled with technology and wealth, she unknowingly sets off a chain of events that will change her life forever. After escaping her new owner, Celeste awakens in the home of an Etraean soldier, sworn to protect the fragile peace. For Corporal Mick Haynes, life is simple. Follow the rules, do your job and work your way up the ranks. Getting shot and finding a wanted slave at his family’s farm wasn’t part of the plan.
When a Kyraenean bounty hunter locates Celeste, Mick’s loyalty will be stretched to the limit. With war on the horizon, Celeste faces two impossible choices. Both securing her freedom, but both at a cost she could never have imagined. Will Etraea provide the freedom she’s longed for or shackle her to an entirely new master?
Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed, clean, fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 27 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on both her YA fantasy series’ she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter. Visit her website.
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