Yes, I named my introductory post after my novel – because without Legacy there would be no New Stories, Old Book – not for me anyway.
I’m going to avoid writing yet another profile. There will be links at the end of the post to find more of my profiles than you bargained for. I’d rather talk about where the idea for Legacy came from, and my relentless fan-girl state for all things Biblical FanFic, (or Christian Mythology as some call it).
From Highway to Heaven, to City of Angels, to Supernatural, I have been a die hard fan of all things angel. I don’t think I ever realized that my fascination didn’t really end there. I found parallels in many of my favorite movies. Terminator, for example, resounded with the story of Jesus Christ, as show in this article by Peter T. Chattaway. Many horror stories follow Revelations, and the whole good versus evil theme.
My first attempt at a horror novel (co-written with my then-husband), was tentatively titled “Lake of Fire” and was a story of the second coming – Jesus in the body of a car thief and Satan in the body of a playboy millionaire. I had to stop writing when I wrote a villain scene that scared me too much to go near the book again.
Many years passed. Life got in the way of writing as it tends to do. When I finally got back to it, an opening line came to me one day that I just couldn’t pass up: “My mother is a raving lunatic and my father is the Archangel Gabriel, please pass the potatoes.” I built a scene around those words, then characters within the scene, then went from there. Several drafts, edits, and revisions later (and largely thanks to my fiction group Writers Unleashed) I had the final MS in my hands, and a good idea of what my version of heaven looked like:
Within the manuscript lie some connections to the Bible – Archangels, Adam and Eve. There will be more in the sequels including a unique twist on Cain and Abel, and a spectacular visit from one of the more recent popular villains, but you’ll have to wait and see.
In the mean time, we’ve all gathered here to share our love of biblical fanfic, and talk about all the books and shows that have done it so masterfully in the past. Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so you can join in, too!
Comments? Suggestions? We’d love to hear from you.
Oh yes – here are the links I warned you about at the beginning:
Posted on December 1, 2012, in Introductions and tagged Bible, biblical fanfic, City of Angels, Highway to Heaven, Legacy, Michelle L. Johnson, Supernatural, Terminator. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.