Have I told you all that our oldest daughter Grace has written and published her first novel? We are all really excited about it, so I asked her to tell you a little about it. If you want to know more you can find her at her blog, J Grace Pennington.
In my “Firmament” series, each book has a specific purpose. Showing the importance of responsibility or trust, or explaining the significance of being made in the image of God, or demonstrating the foolishness of allowing the end to justify the means. But there’s also a single, specific purpose behind the series as a whole.
Perhaps you’ve noticed something about the young-adult fiction market: it’s sadly lacking in books that are both clean and well-written.
That’s the purpose behind the series. I want to help fill the gap in young-adult fiction between the well-crafted, demonic, sensual, graphic stories, and the sloppy, boring, squeaky clean ones. Within this gap, stories exist but are so few and far between that the gap echoes when you stand inside it and cry for good books.
A few days ago, I nervously but excitedly placed the first “Firmament”novel in the gap. It’s not enough to even begin to fill the gap, nor are the seventeen other books in the series that shall henceforth follow it. It’s not perfect, but it’s clean, and if my test readers are any indication, it’s not badly written for a first novel, by the grace of God alone. And it is my prayer that it can be a very small step towards filling the gap.
I don’t just want it to be full, either. I want it to overflow, for there to be such a surplus of good, fun, clean books that you are overwhelmed by the choices. That you can’t decide whether to spend your money on my novel or on Aubrey Hansen’s or on one of the other up and coming authors who I just know you’ll be hearing about soon.
“Firmament: Radialloy” may have some mistakes, but you won’t find any witchcraft, sensuous teenage romances, graphic violence, extreme darkness, rebellious children, or foul language in its pages. And that is a rarity I wish didn’t exist in today’s literature. I want that state of things to end.
Will you stand in the gap with me?
You can order Grace’s book through the Amazon link below or get a signed copy through her blog.