I have two main passions in my life. First is my faith and second is my creativity. When I learned from my publisher’s wife that the Tesseracts 18 theme was faith in sci fi and fantasy I lit up with enthusiasm. I could write a story with both of my passions melded together. Technically I dreamt the whole thing that very night. It only took three days to finish it. I truly felt inspired to write.
If I break down the need for religion into simple terms it is to explain life’s mysteries and the powers that are beyond the grasp of our mortal minds and bodies. Us human beings living on earth want to know we are not left here helpless; that someone or something has control over these powers; time, energy, thought, matter, light, life and death. Is there a God who blesses or curses according to these seven creative powers? What would happen if mankind were allowed to manipulate them? Would it spell disaster?
Mankind is known for being foolish and selfish. The more authority we gain the more we abuse that authority. Must we be protected from ourselves as if we were little children? Is there no one on earth mature enough or responsible enough to be in total control? Do we need an omniscient God to direct our paths?
These were the questions I wanted answered in my story, The Seven Creations. Using the fantasy avenue it becomes easy to invent or create a religion to fulfill my character’s purposes. The entire idea of genre fiction is to present a make believe world to the reader and allow them to compare it to their reality. Many times it is easier to convey lessons, symbols, morals or solutions to the human dilemma in a fantasy or sci fi setting. It’s not as personal, allowing the reader to have an objective view point unattached to real world traditions or stereotypes embedded deep inside their lifestyles. As a writer, I can open your eyes to a faith that brings hope and comfort or a doubt that brings ignorance and fear. I can show you a path of trust or a pit of hatred. I can tell you a story about wrestling with Gods.