What Christian Theology has to do with Fantasy Novels: Interview with Suzannah Rowntree


Suzannah draws her ideas from both myth, history and biblical sources creating stories that are mythic histories and steeped in Christian theology. She examines deep philosophies in simple fairy tale retellings, going deeper in the theme of stories like Beauty & the Beast than a simple warning about judging a book by its cover. She dives into such ideas as ‘once something is loved it becomes lovable.’


I’d group my work with what’s called ‘Mythic History,' a blend history and myth.

My readers tell me the strongest part of my writing is my characters, and my approach is to see people as good, but a sin has tempted them to do bad things. Regardless of the character I’m writing I think ‘How would I justify this to myself?’

One thing I find difficult to handle is bad world building. I’ve read fantasies about nobles who live in incredible luxury, but there is nothing about the industry needed to support that, no silk weavers, no glass blowers, no farmers. I think how do they live like this if there is no one doing the work.

When picking beta reader, I try to find people who are really picky and hard to please.

As C.S. Lewis put it, we enjoy fantasy and fairy stories because they fill us with a sense of something beyond the world we live in.

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