The Legions have left the province of Britain and the Western Roman Empire has dissolved into chaos. With the world plunged into darkness, paganism and superstition are as rampant as ever. In the Down country of southern Britain, young Indi has grown up knowing nothing more than his gods of horses and thunder; so when a man from across the sea comes preaching a single God slain on a cross, Indi must choose between his gods or the one God—and face the consequences of his decision.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I have not come across many novels in Christian contemporary fiction which deal with living the Christian life as I have – however, there are books from older eras (take the fabulous allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress, for example) which have both a good handle on Scripture, and understanding of man’s nature, and a full appreciation of the work and faithfulness of Jesus Christ.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Don’t be too anxious to get published. I have seen countless young authors hurl their novels into the book market (usually by self-publishing) long before their own skill has been honed enough to be presented to the reading public. Just keep writing. Write for your own pleasure. Keep exploring the craft until the very act of writing becomes habit: and then you can sit down and wrangle out a plot worthy of the public. Don’t hurry yourself. The time it takes to do something well is always worth it in the end.
Jennifer Freitag writes fantasy and historical fiction from her home in South Carolina, where she lives with her husband and two cats. She loves reading, especially obscure old works; she loves her family, and she loves tea. The Shadow Things, a historical fiction, is her debut novel.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
We see a lot of Christian fiction dealing with the difficulties of living a godly life in a godless society. Many of those novels figure numerous downfalls, returns to grace, etc., and those things are easy to understand because we all fail and we all have to be picked back up, and we all depend on the grace of God every day. What we don’t often see is a man of God who sticks to his guns, as it were, through thick and thin: not a bloodless, sappy, holier-than-thou sort of figure, but the kind that “runs the race with endurance,” who does not look back, who daily takes up his cross with a faithful heart and presses on for the upward goal of the prize that is in Christ Jesus. That is what The Shadow Things is about.