In line with the trend that is becoming more and more common, I wrote a post on a series, then realized I had more to share! So this time I’m returning to finish what I started last month, namely the discussion on Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion trilogy.
Perhaps what intrigued me the most in these stories was how the setting impacted the message of the story. Ancient Rome makes for a fascinating backdrop – all of its problems seem so modern, so much like what we face today, which makes the story very relatable. At the same time, the ancient timetable (beginning immediately after the fall of Jerusalem) made the inclusion of religion feel very natural. In this time and place, religion and politics were interconnected and very much impacted one another. And while that is still true for other countries around the world, here in American society it’s possible to go about your day-to-day life without even thinking about religion. Sometimes it’s challenging to find ways to connect faith into modern stories; whereas the defeat of the holy city and the persecution of Christians by Roman emperors were very much the crux of what drives Hadassah’s story.
As helpful as it would be to write stories based in times of religious persecution or historical signification to make the faith element feel like a solid part of the plot, I doubt I will ever take that plunge. I honestly don’t think I have the patience or desire to do the research that a full-length novel would require. The short stories outlining the history of Jesse and Alex were enough XD (which can be found in The Supernatural Reasons Why I Love You). But finding more ways to tie in the faith – not just in the character’s thoughts, but perhaps also in what those around them see or experience – now that’s a goal I will definitely aspire to ;-).
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I have two passions: reading and writing. You can't write good stories without first reading good stories - that's my theory, anyway. So this is where I'll share with you the depth of those passions: background on what and why I write, as well as talking about the books that I read and how they impact my writing.