Ever had someone tell you that you can’t do that thing you’ve dreamed of? Ever been told to shush or keep quiet about an experience that you feel could help other people? Me too. I wrote The Watched anyway.
I have had agents/editors tell me no one will buy my writing — not because the writing is bad, but because they don’t know how to sell it, they don’t know what shelf it would go on, or I break too many “rules” for Christian publishers. “One of your characters says the word ‘panties’?”
I’ve had experiences with the supernatural. I seem to be a magnet for other people to tell me about their experiences with the supernatural. I wish Christian publishers would deal with this topic more often. Story is one way to deal with a difficult topic to help people without being preachy.
This spring I realized that it was time to stop TALKING about writing a story, stop WAITING for permission, and DO IT!
The Watched is not “my story” in the sense that it’s not biographical. However, real life supernatural accounts I have experienced or heard first person, in various details, made their way into this story (in unidentifiable ways). I wrote the kind of story I wish I saw more of. This story is already changing people. Maybe it’ll change you too.
Which Character From The Watched Will You Identify With?
The Watched is told from the perspective of three different characters, and I’ve been each of these characters at one time or another in different ways. I think most of us are or have been one of these characters.
Edric has done his duty his entire life at great sacrifice. Now he’s on the very cusp of having everything he thinks he’s “earned,” but there are some enemies you can’t see, protect against, or fight off. There are some things beyond your control.
Barric has lost everything he ever really cared about. He’s spent the inbetween years waiting, watching, hoping and praying for restoration. The day has perhaps come where he can exchange the ashes of grief for joy, but what if he’s not enough? Not strong enough? Not wise enough? Can’t love enough?
Aralyn discovers her real identity. But that realization causes her more problems than she had before. She has to decide what she really wants and mourn what might not ever be. She learns that sometimes things happen to you as a lesson for another. What do you do with that?
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