Guest blogger, Author Emma Right, discusses her new book, Keeper of Reign.
What was the inspiration behind ‘Keeper of Reign”?
When I first heard the Switchfoot song, “Meant to Live,” it got me thinking about how far short each of us fall from our true potential. Christ really came to give us life and life more abundantly, and yet the trials and troubles of this world reduce us, and it feels that our trouble world is so big. This is just like how it was for the Elfies who lived in Reign. Also I’d read Destined to Reign, and it inspired me to think of possibilities.
I wanted to write an allegorical fantasy about the fall of man and the redemption story set in a fantasy setting that’s filled with danger and adventure. I wanted something young readers can enjoy but still have a Christian message.
What do you hope Keeper of Reign accomplishes?
I hope my readers can see that with the power of the gospel, we can overcome our problems and difficulties. I want to empower young readers with this message, that if they seek the truth (the Ancient Books, in Keeper of Reign) they will find wisdom and answers to life’s problems. It doesn’t mean the answers are going to come easy, but persistence will pay off, and the Bible has the answers.
How does your strong faith influence your writing?
I know that apart from Christ I can do nothing. I’m not being humble, it’s the honest truth. I hope that in every story I craft the Holy Spirit will work through me, and touch the readers with words that are meant to touch and transform them. That’s the power of words.
About Emma Right:
Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a long haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. She loves the Lord and His Word deeply, and when she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.
Ms. Right worked as a copy writer for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads; before she settled down to have children.
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Keeper of Reign summary:
Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it?
For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema.
Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn't get himself killed first.