My Road Goes Ever On
In A Wider Universe
Writing Themes is more than coming up with a coherent line of thought. Good themes involve the fundamental issues of human existence.
Writing is a lot like praying.
When I pray, I reach out toward the luminous and mysterious God who created me, trusting that He hears my voice.
When I write, I reach out to unnamed readers—through eternal time, to all corners of the world—hoping that my splintered fragment of reality will resonate with our shared humanity.
I wrote the first version of ARAM to visualize a basic human truth: There is a God. We are not Him. That was enough to get me started.
In Ishtar’s story, I moved deeper into our relationship with the supernatural world, involving the reality of good and evil, repentance, and healing.
Finally, in Neb’s history, I combated the reality of fallen souls—those who chose through free will to abandon the God who created them—and their descendants who must live with the consequences.
Though the stories effectively represented core human struggles, they did not reach out to the wider universe. In the intervening years since I wrote my first novel, the world has grown closer through the Internet and modern technology, yet sadly, also more polarized. In adding the science fiction universe to the OldEarth world, which I first conceptualized in my Newearth series, I drew the universality of the human experience into a tighter weave.
Being human isn’t what makes us truly great. Being created by the same God defines our glory. We search the stars for signs of life—Do aliens exist? Are angels aliens created by God so vastly different from ourselves that we only glimmer hints of their reality? Aliens or angels, human beings struggle with our identity and purpose of existence, the supernatural world, and our choices involving good and evil.
In the OldEarth Encounter series, the questions do not change; they simply get asked in a wider universe. Sometimes, we see things more clearly from a distance.
If you’re interested in delving into a world—both old and new—feel free to pick up one of the OldEarth Encounter novels or one from the Newearth series.
We are not alone.
We come from God.
Where we are going is yet to be seen.
A. K. Frailey is the author of 17 books, a teacher for 35 years, and a homeschooling mother of 8.
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