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?
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.
What truly inspired me to write my book came from reading the Bible and wanting to know more about angels. I realized that there was very little written about them in the Bible. Although there is plenty written about them elsewhere, I wanted facts and not speculation. For over 20 years I have researched angels and have found some fascinating revelations about them, especially in how they are seen.
In the 4th century, angels were depicted in art with wings and halos. Before this time, they were shown without wings or halos on carved objects, specifically on sarcophagi reflecting the biblical accounts of angels who appeared to Abraham (Gen 18:2) or those appeared to the women at the tomb of Jesus (Mark 16:5.) There is no mention in the Bible that these angels had wings. In fact, angels were mentioned appearing as men in white gowns or robes (Matt 28:3 and Mark 16:5.) Where did wings and halos come from? Come to find out, wings and halos were taken from pagan culture, influenced by images of the goddess Nike and the god Eros. The halo was an artistic device taken from pagan culture to show the gloriousness of a god. It further went on that angels were shown with wings and halos in art to differentiate between men from angels.
Angels were portrayed predominately feminine. Renaissance artists looked to classical Greek sources for their inspiration as they did to the Bible. Therefore, the men who visited Abraham had to compete in the artists imagination with the feminine figures of Nike. Feminization of angels largely was seen in the 19th century and was strongly associated with the Romantic movement. Angels became elements in a romantic vision that was now loosely attached to Christian tradition. Angels were not regarded as intellectually respectable as they once were. Therefore, they were taken less seriously and commanded less cultural respect, so men portrayed them as female.
According to my research from the Bible and other biblical resources, such as the Book of Enoch, there is no indication that there are female angels. Also, I have found that angels are not both male and female, which has been suggested. Angels are clearly male since they came down from Heaven and took women as their wives, bearing children with them (Gen 6.) Furthermore, all accounts in the Bible about angels have referenced them as being male.
Although I can go on and on about angels here, I plan to share more about them in my book. Ultimately, my research on angels has inspired me to create a story that I believe will represent them accurately.
My first book, Reconciled is coming to light and is quickly spiraling to a point of publication. This is both exciting and scary because this has been years of creative collaboration. I hope to have it published as an eBook soon. Please feel free to tell me what you think.
Chosen to reconcile the fallen angels back to God, Marie must work with an unlikely ally…Lucifer. However, not all the fallen angels want to be reconciled and Marie is faced with a new evil adversary. Xavier has taken over Hell and is holding on to the old beliefs, wanting nothing to do with the reconciliation. He does everything he can to destroy God’s plan to reconcile the fallen angels. The Archangel Michael has dispatched a group of angels to protect and help Marie, but as Marie tries to make sense of her new life, she wonders if she is capable of carrying out God’s plan.