I’m often asked why I choose to write fantasy books.
First of all, I will say that I have nothing against other genres. I love reading all kinds of books and stories, from classic literature to modern. But when it comes to writing, I’ve always leaned towards fantasy.
Perhaps it goes back to when I was eight years old and stumbled upon a copy of The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis in my elementary school library. Stepping into that world with all those creatures and characters certainly influenced me from a young age.
The more fantasy I read, the more I came to appreciate it. Not only did these stories provide me with the escapism I loved, but with these stories, the sky was truly the limit. There were so many worlds to explore and creatures and characters to meet. But within the story, there was always something about the human experience to be found: a commentary, a lesson, an observation. And the characters didn’t even have to be human to teach me something about being human.
So when it came time for me to write, there was no question what kinds of stories I wanted to tell. Whether it’s high fantasy, urban fantasy, or magical fantasy, there is just so much to tell. Writing fantasy allows me to be a kid again and to experience new worlds through those eager eyes.