Why I Write Fantasy

Author Aaron Gansky writes:

It’s silly, really, isn’t it? All those pointy-eared elves and stout dwarves. All the mystical weaponry and epic quests. And really, aren’t they all the same—a hero rises from the provinces to save the larger world.

At first glance, yes, in the same way that some would argue comic books are silly and unsophisticated. But, when one looks deeper, the reader can find the greater themes of the human condition. Sure, the skin may be different, but the heart of fantasy can be as powerful as any Shakespearean literature, especially when done right.

As an educated writer and a student and teacher of literature, I gravitated toward fantasy, originally, as an escape—something to do for fun, something I didn’t have to think deeply about or analyze. Pure escapism. What I found, instead, was the heart of humanity, no matter how strange the body in which it beat may have appeared.

Fantasy novels, the good ones, do not shy away from greater themes like love, loss, grief, sorrow, courage, strength, perseverance. In fact, more than some literature (some may argue), fantasy champions these. There is no sorrow too powerful to overcome. They champion courage and perseverance. They teach virtue, honor, honesty.

And, they harken me back to the days of yore, when I would rise early and stay up late playing role playing games with my friends. I loved the Final Fantasy series, the deep structures and strategies involved, the character development, the epic scope.

So now, I bring that same joy to my readers: I champion courage and honesty and perseverance, even (and especially) when the odds are stacked against my heroes.

About Aaron Gansky:

Aaron Gansky is an award-winning novelist, teacher, father, and husband. At heart, he’s still a nerd and spends his free time (all six minutes of it each day) on things like Magic: the Gathering, playing board games with his children, and occasionally kicking his kids off the video game console to play a game or two. His literary influences range from Flannery O’Connor, Raymond Carver, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and poets like Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, Robert Frost, and Amy Nez to more “commercial” writers as Tom King and Brian Michael Bendis. He keeps up with the contemporary literary Marvel cannon on Marvel unlimited and hosts podcasts on how to write fiction, Marvel’s impact on society, and how to play Magic: the Gathering.

Find out more about him and his nerd pursuits at aarongansky.com

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Featured Book:

The Book of Things to Come: A Hand of Adonai Novel

Escape is only a deadly journey away. Be careful what you create. It could kill you. At first, seventeen-year-old Lauren Knowles is thrilled to wake up in Alrujah—a digital fantasy world she created with her best friend, Oliver Shaw—but the exhilaration of serving as a magical princess in her own video game fades as she senses a demonic force lurking in the shadows. Though they designed a world of wondrous beauty—blue-leaf forests, shimmering silver rivers, and expansive medieval castles—Lauren and Oliver soon find their secret realm to be an ever-changing land of dark oppression and deadly sorcery. With the help of Aiden Price and Erica Hall, fellow gamers from their high school in North Chester, the four teens must find a way out—a way that can only be discerned from the dusty pages of the ancient leather-bound tome, the Book of Thing to Come. Faced with questionable allies, invisible enemies, and increasingly dangerous levels of difficulty, the four must learn to forge alliances, battle side by side, or stay forever lost.

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Why I Write Christian Fantasy


jim-fox-2Author Harry James Fox writes:

The truth is, I am not sure that my novels are actually “Fantasy” as the genre is usually conceived. The Fantasy genre usually includes magic and fantastic creatures, or, if not that, then at least vampires or something of the sort. My books have none of that. This is because these things make me uncomfortable. So, I don’t write about them.

Nevertheless, my novels are often called “Fantasy,” because they depict a future world very different from ours. The Bible, when speaking of the last days, uses language that sounds like battles being fought with ancient weapons. (Rev. 14, Ezekiel 38-39) I realize that these references may be symbolic, but I decided to take them literally. That would mean a loss of technology; a kind of dark age, lies in the future. This seems fantastic, so my novels are placed in the Fantasy genre.

All that aside, I write the kind of books I like to read. I like novels that are clean reads. I avoid bad language, graphic violence, and explicit sexuality. I like tales of bravery, honor, love, courage and redemption. I like books that appeal to both men and women. I try to make the characters real people, with all the frailties common to mankind, but I also want a tale that one could give to a teenager without embarrassment. Finally, I want a tale that honors God without being preachy.

Somehow, that seems to fit well with a future Colorado that looks very much like the Medieval past, with a main character that has spent his formative years studying the ancients (us, in other words). That has resulted in tales that are part action/adventure and part romance, even though called “Christian Fantasy.”

About Harry James Fox:

Harry James Fox was born in the mountains of western Colorado, an area featured in his novels. He has worked as a cowboy, an intelligence officer with the US Army, and had a career in natural resource management with the Bureau of Land Management, US Department of the Interior.

He served a wartime tour of duty in Vietnam, working closely with Australian forces there. His training in the biology of natural wild-lands is reflected in the imagery of his writings. In fact, the landscape of his books have been likened to a major character in its own right.

He makes his home in the deserts of southern New Mexico, but usually spends part of the year in North Carolina to be close to his grandchildren.

He enjoys horses, the outdoors, elk hunting, long walks in the desert, and story-telling. He loves the local cuisine, particularly green chiles. He likes a cup of hot tea with friends. patriotic parades and bluegrass music. He dislikes chocolate, long speeches, and the need to wear reading glasses.

Jim’s Book Awards:

BRONZE MEDAL winner in the 2016 Global Ebook Awards in the Fiction – Fantasy/Alternate History category.

Winner of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Summer, 2016 “Best Book in the Category of CHRISTIAN FANTASY.”

Award-Winning Finalist in the “Fiction: Religious” category of the 2015 International Book Awards

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