Monday, June 1, 2009

Welcome, Fantasy Lovers

Greetings, fellow fantasy lovers! I’m happy you stopped by. With this first post, I want to acquaint you with the vision I have for this blog.

I am a published children’s author. Two years ago, I got an idea for a fantasy novel. The thought had never occurred to me to actually write fantasy, although I love the genre. But the idea wouldn’t go away, so I wrote the beginning to Fairyeater – my WIP – and showed it to my writing partner, Joyce. She read it and said, “Wow, you just found your voice.” So, I started working on the plot and characters. At first, my intention was to make it a trilogy, but after getting into the story, I decided to combine everything into one book with three parts. It’s a lot of work, but I’m enjoying it so much.

In the process, I’ve met several other Christian authors who love fantasy. And many wonder if fantasy should be written, read or watched by Christians. In the workshop I led last year at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer’s Conference, we got into some good discussion regarding this, and I thought it would be great to have a blog where we could come together and kick the topic around. So, here we are. I’ll be posting once a week, on Mondays, to start with, and I hope we’ll get some good discussion going in the comments section.

Please introduce yourself and let us know if you are a writer of fantasy or simply a lover of fantasy. Don’t forget to subscribe. I’m looking forward to getting to know you!

26 comments:

  1. Welcome to the wonderful world of Blogger, Pammy!

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  2. Hey Pam! Congrats. I don't write fantasy but I read it. Pammy is my writing partner and I happen to know that her FairyEater Novel is boffo! WooHoo! Oh, I love your banner!!

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  3. Absolutely AWESOME, Pam! Way to go! Kim's artwork is incredible, as always. It'll be great to connect with other Christian fantasy authors. Eager to see how your manuscript is progressing.

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  4. Hey Pam! Welcome to the world of blogging!

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  5. Hi, Pam. I love to read fantasy, and may try my hand at writing a fantasy someday. Great blog title and illustration!

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  6. Love it Pammy! Very cute header and I like the idea of discussing fatasy writing!

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  7. Whoops - I meant fantasy writing, I don't know what 'fatasy' writing is, but if I glance down at my expanding waistline, I might have found a new genre - lol!

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  8. Susan, that's SO funny!

    I'm looking forward to everyone's imput! Stayed tuned for good discussion.

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  9. My name is Amanda Bradburn (Pam, you might recognize that name from Facebook) and I am a fantasy author as well. My book, The Keepers of Elenath, was just released, and is available through Tatepublishing.com until August, when it will be available in bookstores everywhere.
    Fantasy is a tool that Christians can and MUST use to further the cause of Christ. Our world in a mess and we have the answer. We must give them that; we must give them hope. I believe that God expects us to use our talents for His glory and not our own. So . . . Christian fantasy authors, let's get to it!

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  10. Pam, awesome-looking site! You know I love Fairyeater, too! I wish you many blessings with this blog.

    Hugs, Deb

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  11. Pam, I've written on this topic to some extent, both on my blog and at Speculative Faith. I agree with Amanda that fantasy is a must for Christian writers. It is the perfect genre to engage the culture. Plus, if we're not defining good and evil ... and the good vs. evil motif is central to the genre ... non-Christians will.

    Becky

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  12. Two thumbs up!!!



    Rita R. from FB

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  13. hi Amanda - yes, I remember you from Facebook. Thanks for stopping by here! And Rita, you, too! Hope you come back again.

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  14. Great blog, Pam! Have fun with it :) p.s. I actually don't read or write fantasy, but I love supporting you in it.

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  15. Hi Kim,

    Welcome to blogging! I found out through the GPCWF list. I never make the meetings because of my kids but hoping to finally make it this month! LOL

    Hoping to meet you in person someday!

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  16. Awesome! What a great start! I really like the graphics!

    Pierre Eade
    www.christiangrowthnetwork.com

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  17. That's great! I hope to write Christian fantasy and would love to connect. I can't make it to the Greater Phil. Writer's Conf. this year but I have been trying to go on Thursdays once a month to the meetings.

    Love your header!

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  18. Great idea. We can always use more attention for Christian fantasy.

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  19. I'm so encouraged with everyone's comments! Please don't forget to come back next Monday for a new topic or question. And please let me know if there's anything you want to talk about.

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  20. Hi Pam, I love this site! I remember the big talk about Harry Potter years ago. I always thought, well it is always good conquering evil. I am a Christian and never thought anything was wrong with Fantasy. I'm so glad there are others out there. And I think the Christian Fantasy is going to really take off! Great Job!

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  21. Pam, thanks for the invite. I write fantasy but i don't often read it because i'm not crazy about the stuff that's out there (Christian or not). too many stories about dragons (can we find something original to write about?). i do think that fantasy is a great medium for showing good vs. evil and the power we have in Christ to change the world around us. my novel isn't Christian per se, but it does have a Christian theme, so i suppose you could call it inspirational. wish i'd had a copy with me when i met you at Mt. Hermon.

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  22. Dear Pam,
    I am also a Christian writing fantasy in Southern NJ. I'm in Pitman, not too far from you. I met Michelle Gregory online a few years ago and she mentioned your website. What a great idea!
    Best of luck with your book. I look forward to getting to know you!
    Christine H
    christinescottage.blogspot.com

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  23. Welcome Christine! I'm so glad Michelle sent you here. She and I were roommates at Mt. Hermon last year.

    Yep, Pitman is not far from me at all. Do you know about the Phildelphia conference? Jeff Gerke from Marcher Lord Press will be there. I'm totally jazzed about meeting him! In fact, I need to post information about the conference. I'll do that soon.

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  24. I love your site and can't wait to buy your book!!! Thanks for the wonderful input and time you put into my ideas -- especially my Woody Inn one. Big fan!

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