Today’s post is a little different as I am broaching a more serious topic than I typically do on my blog and on my Instagram where, no doubt, many of you find me on. I have been talking lately a lot about my upcoming novel Time Passers which releases on September 26th. I am a strong believer in that in asking God to guide me to publish according to His timing, that the publication of each of my books is done at a time on purpose.
A lot has gone on this year. A lot that I am sure many of us are tired and grieved at talking about. Much more has gone on in my life that I haven’t share publicly, but I will say that rereading my first draft and editing Time Passers has brought me so much healing and revelation the past several months. I hope that readers of this book will have fun reading it and also find the same healing and revelation that I did.
Ilea, the main character, is very special to me as she goes on a journey of deep emotional and spiritual importance that I think many can relate to. None of us can relate to immortality or the magical ability to make thorns spring form our flesh, but hey, that’s what fantasy novels are for.
As I’ve mentioned before, Time Passers is a (loose) retelling of the Exodus story from the Bible. In the Biblical account, the Hebrews (a people group that followed what we now know as the Christian God) were in slavery and oppression under the ancient Egyptians who forced labor, killed their children, committed deeds of violence against them often, and much more. The book of Exodus is a story of deliverance and redemption. (The whole Bible is.) Time Passers, in its own way, it as well.
There are many ways of going about telling a story about slavery and oppression. I could have told this story from the perspective of the people being oppressed from the small children to the old men forced to build pyramids. I could have told it from the perspective of the Hebrew prince Moses who went back for his people led by God. I could have told it from the perspective of the women in the Exodus story: Miriam (Moses’ sister) and Zipporah (Moses’ wife.) I could have told it from the perspective of the two midwives who refused to kill the Hebrew boys. But instead, I (somewhat accidentally) told it from the perspective of someone who came upon it accidentally, without intention of doing anything about it, and who has not experienced the same suffering as the slaves.
Without spoiling the story, I’ll tell you that Ilea’s life experiences have been hard and full of her own suffering. But not the kind of suffering that happens under the rule of those who abuse their power. Ilea is, in many ways, a bystander who remains silent throughout the course of the story and takes actions only when it benefits her. This may make Ilea a displeasing and unappealing character, but she is a character who learns; who, by the end of the story, has found a purpose outside of herself. I have learned so much from Ilea. I find my own faults reflected in her. I also find my ability to learn and grow in her as well. Much of this may not make sense without reading the story, so I hope you will give it a try.
Time Passers chapters 1-3 are on this blog and the book hits shelves on September 26th. 🙂
Thank you for reading.