- Where did you get the idea for The Boy Who Closed the Sky?
In Kings and Chronicles, I became fascinated with Elijah and Elisha, Ahab and Obadiah. Then I remembered “Elijah was a man with passions like ours.” (James 5:17)
Did he have a temper?
Notice the ladies?
- What’s it about?
Twelve-year-old Elijah tries to rescue a slave girl. A few years later he challenges the king: “Neither dew nor rain until I say so.”
He thinks anger motivates him, so the Lord’s “Hide at the Brook” must mean he’s hearing things. Not until Moloch thugs have him hiding under a thorn bush does he pay attention to the Lord’s voice. The story follows the Biblical outline, ending with a chariot of fire and the mantle falling on Elisha.
- Where can I read the first chapter?
- Where can I buy it?
- What are you reading right now?
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle. Before that, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. Plus I recently went through Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book again. I read C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy once a decade.
- So, do you write for children?
No. I’ve never outgrown Oliver Twist and Robinson Crusoe, but I don’t know how to write for children.
Elijah and Obadiah start their stories as children. And children take important roles beside them. But, as far as I know, my readers are adults.
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