Tuesday – Anythings Possible #RRBC Spotlight Author Dr. Tara Fairfield

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I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Tara Fairfield to Fiction Favorites. Among her many accomplishments, she has been chosen as the Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author for this week. I am pleased to be one of her stops on the Spotlight Author Tour. You can click here to see and visit the rest of the stops. Tera, the site is yours.

Thanks, John.

 

Why Write Christian Fantasy?

 

When I started writing Christian fantasy, I didn’t realize I’d stepped into a mine field of controversy among Christians. Since then, I’ve read articles both supporting and condemning the genre. I decided to come out with my own position on the topic and defend my fellow authors. First and foremost I want to say that however you feel about this subject, what is most important is where you stand in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I love my Savior and know the gifts he has given me, including creative writing, are to be used to glorify Him and His truths.

 

The other disclaimer I am putting out there is I am only speaking about works in this article written by Christian authors seeking to stay consistent with the principles and message of the bible, which, in my humble opinion, is what defines a “Christian” fantasy author.

 

Which begs the question… what is Christian fantasy? I believe the only works that truly can be considered Christian fantasy are those which stay consistent with biblical values and teaching.

 

Storytelling is an age-old tradition in almost every culture and often used to illustrate morals and values in a meaningful way, to be passed on through generations. Everyone learns differently. For myself, if I watch a movie, then read the book; I pick up something different, learn something I missed before. Novels reach youth in a way listening to a sermon or teaching won’t.

 

Like it or not, our youth today are inundated with negative messages through books, television, movies, radio and peers. Our enemy has captured their attention and glutted the market with witchcraft, demons, vampires and the like. I say, take back the genre! How amazing would it be to see a story, built around biblical morals to become the next blockbuster.

 

I believe it is possible to weave stories that spark the imagination and also spread a message containing morals and values consistent with biblical teachings.  Many of my favorite Christian fantasy books are allegories of Christs’ love. These stories bring me closer to Christ, provide an illustration of how He impacts lives. Now I am NOT saying fantasy stories should replace the study of the Bible or other non-fiction devotionals. I am just saying; this genre might be read by those who would not otherwise get the message or who are searching for entertainment consistent with their beliefs.

 

If your child is raised in a Christian home and you believe you can keep him or her from the world, great. But, aren’t we called to reach non-believers, to speak to those who are lost? What better way than through story? God can use any form of communication, and I know he is using novels to reach into the lives of lost teens and remind them there is a different way. There is only one savior, but he can use any method to speak to His children.

 

Lastly, I hope believers will not use this controversy to come against one another in conflict. We are to love each other, support each other, and ultimately put our trust and faith in Christ.

 

 

Author Bio:

Dr. Fairfield is a licensed psychologist with her doctorate from Northern Arizona University.  With twenty-five years of professional experience and after raising three children, Tara finally realized her dream of writing a novel.

When Tara’s not writing, you’ll find her playing on the ocean in her kayak or just hanging out with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

 

MAKAI QUEEN

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Makai-Queen-Tara-Fairfield-ebook/dp/B00B7PM3HA/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1432955068

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/makai-queen-tara-fairfield/1110606035?ean=9781937756703

MAKAI KING

Makai King cover

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Makai-King-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00N7407W2/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1432943117

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/makai-king-tara-fairfield/1120256263?ean=9781939989123

 

WHEN MY LION CALLS

Lightning over sea

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/When-Lion-Calls-River-Truth-ebook/dp/B00T7SJN4A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432954950&sr=8-1&keywords=When+My+Lion+calls

 

 

Find Tara online:
Twitter: @makaiqueen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Fairfield/293728984155377

Website: http://tarafairfield.com/index.html

 

 

27 comments

  1. Tara, I absolutely LOVED this post! And your writing, just from this blog post, is, I’m sure, indicative of your writing as an author and I was impressed on top of being moved. Because of this post, I will be picking up a copy of one of your books, but advise me, which should I begin with first? Awesometastic!!!! I don’t get to follow many tours that I enjoy (and then there are those where the posts are so poorly written and thrown together, that I stop at day one), but I will be with you on every leg of this journey. Kudos to you!

    1. Glad you stopped by Nonnie. Thanks.

      1. Tara Fairfield · ·

        Wow, thank you so much for those kind words Nonnie, they mean a lot to me! I would recommend either Makai King or When My Lion Calls depending on which story appeals more to you.

      2. tarafairfield · ·

        Wow…thank you so much for those kind words Nonnie, they mean a lot to me. Either Makai King or When My Lion Calls would be good choices depending on which story appeals more to you. Happy reading!

  2. Thanks for hosting Dr. Tara Fairfield, John. Hello Tara. I like your message and love your book covers. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the visit Tess.

    2. tarafairfield · ·

      Thanks! I’ve been fortunate to work with talented cover designers!

  3. As two of my literary heroes are JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis I find it really hard to understand why some Christians seem to loathe fantasy as a genre when the Bible is full of miracles, wonders and yes, witches and demons… Fantasy fiction almost always involves facing up to evil and wrong doing and overcoming it in some fashion that doesn’t always have to involve violence – the peace-loving hobbits, courageous Aslan or noble principles of Ransome (the hero of the Cosmic Trilogy be Lewis) being cases in point on the forces for Good and Justice.

    Tolerance is (or should be) a Christian virtue – I’m glad that you’re carrying that banner into the realms of creativity and imagination Tara. 🙂

    Thanks for having us round, John 😉

    1. Great comment Jan and thank you for stopping by.

    2. tarafairfield · ·

      I agree Jan! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      1. Thanks again Jan

  4. I loved this post! I was kicked out of Christian Thunderclap group when Anelia and I were starting to promote “Light Love Rituals” along with “Mystical Emona,” a romantic fantasy. The reason? Someone in the group “thought” the book (Mystical Emona) “might” be erotic, and either or both books “might” promote paganism. They obviously never bothered to read the reviews of “Mystical Emona” which clearly indicate that the romance in the story doesn’t even come close to being erotic. And if they had read about “Light Love Rituals,” they would have seen that it is a non-fiction book that talks about Bulgarian customs and their origins. Yes, many rituals have a pagan origin, as does Christmas and Easter, but the people who celebrate them are not pagans. Their ways to ward off evil are not much different they our superstitions about not walking under ladders or avoiding black cats. It made me sad for these Christians that they would be so judgmental without even taking the time to actually read the books.

    1. tarafairfield · ·

      I’m sorry you had that experience Rebecca. Even within the Christian community there are huge differences of opinion but we should all treat one another with love and understanding. Hugs!

      1. Thanks for the visit Rebecca

  5. tarafairfield · ·

    John, Thank you again for hosting me on your blog! Your support is greatly appreciated!

  6. Shirley Harris-Slaughter · ·

    This is a thoughtful post and I can relate to everything you are saying. One should not use Christian teachings as weapons for evil, but as a beacon for truth. Tara I was wondering about your books but I see my questions have been answered from reading Nonnie’s comments. Good job on your post. Quite interesting! Congratulations.

    1. Thanks Shirley for stopping by.

  7. This is an amazing interview, John and Tara. I loved it. And I also agree with Jan Hawke about the bible being full of wonders. The apostles were bestowed with the powers of visions and spiritual healing. Someone doing this today would be called evil or a fake. Sometimes I think as a human race we can be too quick to judge others and that’s sad. I also enjoy stories by JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. I know now what I suspected before. I will love your books.

    1. Thanks for the visit Kim.

  8. I haven’t read any Christian fantasies, or maybe I have… I don’t know. Yours may probably be my first, so I look forward to reading it and finding out what it is. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the visit Joy

  9. Thank you John for hosting her.

  10. Tara, I like your definition of Christian fantasy. Considering stories like the Exodus and Noah’s flood, it’s easy for those who want to stick to the Bible to create engaging Christian fantasy-fiction.
    Thanks, John, for hosting Tara.

    1. Thank you for the visit Kathy.

  11. Great blog. This looks very appealing indeed, aided by some great pictures. Thanks for sharing this on Twitter. 🙂

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