What was your favorite thing about writing Quest for Leviathan?
Can I answer plural? 😉 Leviathan… writing a sea-voyage… fitting Scriptural teachings in before it was published… All of these are the highlights of this story for me.
Who or what inspired you to write Quest for Leviathan?
I was actually reading through the book of Job, not even searching for a story, when the thought crossed my mind, “A boy whose father was killed by Leviathan. He is angry at L, and he is angry at God—yet just like Job needed to realize the power of God, so does he.”
Do you think you will do more stories like Quest for Leviathan?
I would love too! I enjoyed traveling the seas and I enjoyed writing a Biblical-fiction-type story.
Would you say that writing Quest for Leviathan helped you to grow as a writer and if so how?
Definitely. It probably helped me most to not be scared of using my imagination. Because, believe it or not, though I’m a writer, I’m not a super imaginative writer. Writing in such an old era, I couldn’t rely on historical facts. I had to imagine somewhat how Leviathan looked. I had to imagine what type of contraptions Anath would have built to fight against Leviathan. I had to use a lot of historical license, and I’m not used to that.
Did writing Quest for Leviathan help you grow in your walk with God?
When I think back to the whole process of this story and the things I’ve been going through in life… I think the main thing God has taught me is along the lines of trust in Him (again). I’m a big schedule-person, but His timeline is perfect. Completely perfect. I wanted to have this short story done in one month, it took one year. But if it hadn’t taken a year, there are certain things that wouldn’t have been set in place for its release. Which is such a valuable lesson for me right now, as I’m about to start college (for the first time) and my writing may have to take back burner. God knows what He’s doing, and His timing for all of my ideas will be perfect!
Was it harder to write Quest for Leviathan then your other books since it was a new genre?
You know, writing “Quest for Leviathan” definitely was harder. There were a lot of new things in it for me: the era, the setting, even the whole plot (man vs. beast). It was hard, but completely worth it, and I’d do it again!
What was your favorite snack while writing Quest for Leviathan? (Coffee and chocolate count of course!)
Haha! Dark chocolate, of course. 😉
Where is your favorite place to write? (And would you be willing to share a picture of your favorite place to write?)
Sure, I’ll send a picture! My most common place to write is actually at my desk. I have written outside on the swing or downstairs with my family milling around, but I like to write in quiet space with as few distractions as possible.