My book, Reconciled is set in Seattle, WA and the surrounding area. I have done a lot of research on the places where my scenes play out. Most of them are at Marie’s house, but I have a few scenes that are located in or near Seattle.
One of the first scenes is at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, which is a cemetery located in Seattle. I spent nearly a whole day researching this place and ironically, now have a final resting place in mind. Another scene is at a coffee shop near University of Washington-Seattle that I renamed and gave ownership to Marie’s best friend, Katherine. I also have incorporated Seattle Underground for a few scenes. It consists of old storefronts and sidewalks from the Great Fire of 1889, which resulted in the city building on top of the remnants. Tourists can walk through it on Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. It’s kind of eerie so naturally, I thought it would be an excellent setting for my book. The first fallen angels are reconciled here in an area that is unknown to the tourists and it later becomes their outpost.
The last scene of the book takes place at Emerald City Comic Con, which is held every year at the WA State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. I thought it would be interesting for the characters to be in this setting since it’s an event where strange things can happen and it can be viewed as part of Comic Con. In this particular scene, there is an entertaining skirmish between the angels and fallen angels. I thought it would make a good ending for the first book with a bit of a cliffhanger.
I think I used just enough settings for the beginning of this story and I already can’t wait to get started writing the second book!
Since the story in my book is about reconciling the fallen angels back to God, it should be no surprise that Lucifer is included. It’s hard to believe that not only has God forgiven the Prince of Darkness, but He also chooses him to lead the other reconciled angels. Marie is tasked to work alongside Lucifer and in doing so, she develops an understanding of him. Once she learns of his background and how a role he was given turned terribly wrong, she realizes the world has him misunderstood. As Lucifer and Marie travail in reconciling the fallen angels, they are faced with opposition from the new Satan, Xavier who vehemently clings onto what Lucifer began when they fell from Heaven. And, although some of the angels don’t completely trust Lucifer, he continually shows his allegiance. Has the Dark One truly been reformed? Marie believes so. After all, everyone should be given a second chance…right?
That whole thing about how a writer should write everyday has been put to bed by me, especially since I’ve been on a 3-month blog pause. I write when I feel inspired and I don’t force my creativity. I let it come naturally. And, although I haven’t blogged in three months, I have been writing intermittently on my book, Reconciled. I’m truly amazed at how far I have come in only six months. It’s a lot farther than I have ever been and it’s such a good feeling. I’m not in the final editing phase just yet, but I’m getting pretty close. Right now, I’m transitioning the scenes to one another, which also involves continuing to write dialogue and narration to provide more depth. This is taking longer than I expected, but I’m generally happy with how it’s going. You can’t rush a good thing, right? In the meantime, I will press on and keep blogging about my progress.
There is more to angels than what we know. My story is about them.
Humans have Jesus; He came to save them. Who do angels have saving them? Can the fallen ones be saved? I like to think they can because we have a God who loves all His creations. It’s clear on how God felt after the betrayal of His angels. He condemned them and they were cast out of Heaven to later be judged. However, what if God changed His mind about their demise?
I understand that I may not be proposing anything new or popular, but it is something that has ruminated within me for such a long time that I feel compelled to entertain it. I want to save the fallen angels…even Lucifer. Yes, you read that right. My story is about God having a change of heart and revealing a way for the fallen angels to be saved…reconciled back to Him. It could happen. You never know. God always provides ways for His will to be done and maybe someday this would be His will. It’s what I would like to see happen. God ultimately wanted angels to work together with humans to do His will but somewhere along the way the plan got changed when 1/3 of the angels turned away from God. My story puts the original plan back into place.
I delve into some interesting concepts that may or may not have been done before, but even if they have, I’m putting something together to reflect my vision. I also hope to present something that could be believable. What if the fallen angels can be saved and we can exist together as God originally intended? Welcome to my story.
I’m excited to say that I have all my scenes set up for my book, Reconciled. I’ll be spending the next few months transitioning them to one another and then editing. My story is developing into a book and soon I’ll be publishing!
This book will actually be the first one in a series. I’m not sure how many books in the series there will be, but I intend to start working on the next one in 2018 after publication of Reconciled. It will be called, Unleashed.
The feeling of being close to finishing is phenomenal. It’s been a long journey and at times it seemed like I couldn’t see the end. However, little by little I have persevered and pressed on. I’m really going to be a published author! I won’t celebrate just yet…not until I’m truly at The End.
I ultimately write for myself. That’s the reality of it. I also would like to think that others find what I write interesting. I’m writing my first book and my target audience are those who generally read urban fantasy books. However, the thought does cross my mind: Are people going to like what I publish? I think many writers get so caught up in whether they think their target audience will like what they write that they don’t get anything written, or they get stuck in the never ending cycle of revision. I’m trying not to fall into that, but it has got me thinking lately since I’m nearing the end of writing my book. As writers, we aspire to get something published to where we become authors. That is the goal. It doesn’t stop there, though. We want to get something published that others want to read. The only advice I can give (and take myself) is to write a story you want to read. No doubt there will be others out there who will want to read it, too.
The rise of the female hero has moved rampantly in our culture. Wonder Woman is a prime example. Growing up she was one of my role models and it was creator William Moulton Marston (Charles Marston) who gave us Wonder Woman over 75 years ago. She was created to stand for equality; feminist ideals based off of Margaret Sanger who was a notable feminist of the time. The unconventional liberated woman is what Marston was aiming to portray. She never was meant to be a sex symbol, but somehow she has been morphed into that. However, Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot who have played Wonder Woman in television and film have done an outstanding job in keeping her close to what Marston envisioned. Wonder Woman gives strength to women everywhere and she continues to be my role model.
Being a woman, it has been incredibly hard to prove myself in this man-driven world or to be taken seriously. I’m still seeking this, even after everything I have accomplished. It’s a continuous battle. I spent nearly thirteen years in the Army and personally felt the inequality next to my male counterparts. I feel this way in the workplace, too. Inequality still exists today whether or not people want to believe it. Wonder Woman tackled inequality, giving women like me hope and inspiration. Therefore, I do know my worth no matter if others acknowledge it.
Like many, I’m writing about a woman who is a hero. In Reconciled, Marie is not charged with saving the world or even humans. She is saving fallen angels. In God’s eyes they have value, even though they sinned against Him. She is a hero because she is doing something that not just anyone can do. God chose Marie to be the advocate for the fallen angels, just like He chose Jesus to be the advocate for humankind. However, Marie’s mission to accomplish what God charged her to do is a lot different than what Jesus did on the cross. No one is crucifying Marie, but there are those who are trying to stop her. Reconciling fallen angels takes time and Marie has found that not all of them want to be back with God. She is faced with all kinds of challenges, both physically and spiritually. Also, some of the angels who are helping here don’t have confidence in her abilities. She has to continuously prove herself as the hero she was meant to be.