Gospel Outreach with Media
Children of the Light - Using a Book Series to Reveal the Nine Fruit of the Spirit
Isabella and Michayla,
In middle school and junior high, I enjoyed reading the Danny Dunn books by Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin. They are wonderful adventures with scientific themes. I also enjoyed the Famous Five mystery/adventure series by British author Enid Blyton. Of course, I also read many Nancy Drew mysteries. What captured my interest at that age was the uniqueness of repeated characters and getting to know them through their varied adventures. I grew to know and love them. As a writing teacher of many years, it was my plan to someday develop my own series with characters that readers could also get to know and love. It's natural for authors to write their passions, so I combined my love for lighthouses, Door County, and the fruit of the Spirit to create the Children of the Light books. I am happy that readers have expressed how they have identified with certain characters and that other characters in the books have caught their interest. Another inspiration was to take readers back to a time in history when lighthouses were integral to American economy and where children had adventure, mystery, and fun on a remote island.
It's a bygone era of strong face-to-face communication that I wished to bring to life. My dream is that readers will be as inspired with the lives of characters Lillian, Julia, Luke, Thomas, and the others as I was with characters Danny, Joe, and Irene in the books that I cherished not only in my youth but even now as an adult. Thanks for your great question.
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