I’ve written before that I got the idea for the Larkin people as I sat beside a creek in the woods many years ago. From the beginning I wanted to figure out a way to honor God with the story. But since it was a tale about inch-tall people living deep in the woods with no contact with humans, doing that was going to be a challenge.
Before I could write a word of the story it had to make sense to me. Many of the “hows” and “whys” of the plot had to be worked out in my mind. To do this I spent several hours thinking my way through the basics of the story idea. A lot of my thinking time was put into figuring out how these isolated people could ever have heard about God, Jesus, and the Bible. Eventually I was able to come up with an explanation for all of that which made sense to me and fit the story line.
What’s interesting about all of that planning about how these people received the knowledge of God and His son Jesus is that almost none of it made its way into the first book. I mention in the book that Larkin the Great, their ancient ancestor, discovered the knowledge in some of his travels. In writing Hawthorn’s Discovery, the first book, it was very important to me that I knew all of that background information, but since it was not important to the plot of the book, I decided to leave it out of the story. But that didn’t mean that I wasn’t going to use it.
I will explain what I did with all of those interesting ideas in my next blog. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment and subscribe to my blog. It’s free, it’s simply a matter of clicking on one of the two buttons on the top right portion of this page and it will make me feel loved.
T.T.F.N. (Ta Ta For Now)