Rebecca Lim is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. She worked as a commercial lawyer for several years before leaving to write full time. Rebecca is the author of ten other books for children and young adult readers, and her novels have been translated into German, French and Turkish.
*Bio taken from HarperCollins Australia
I am delighted to have Rebecca Lim guest post today and discuss writing angels and the difficulties inherent with the subject. Angels have always been a tough sell for me, but I was more than pleased with Rebecca's take in Mercy (click to see my review).
Stumbling towards the light
It’s tricky, writing about angels.Questions of faith and religion are intensely personal and when your heroine is a fallen angel, you need to step delicately or risk treading on someone’s beliefs because angels crop up in so many faiths and cultures across the globe.
As a species, I think we want to believe that there is something more out there than this concrete reality we see and experience day in, day out. For some, it may be science that fills that void, for others it may be faith, or a constantly shifting amalgam of the two. But many of us want there to be that “something more”. And maybe that’s why paranormal fiction is exploding right now. Because it’s all about possibility, and the existence – in some kind of corporeal or tangible form – of that “something more”.
Personally? I believe in angels, but how that belief fits in with everything I know about the world I live in, remains a constant work in progress.
Mercy came about through a combination of factors.
I was researching an essay in school when I came upon the classical idea that there are only three known classes of sentient being under God: bestial, human and angelic. The idea had so much potential.
I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of “the fall” and world mythology and theology in general. Writing Mercy has allowed me to tap into my fascination and work through some of my own questions about how things are supposed to fit together.
As I've mentioned elsewhere, Mercy is also a fictional response to some terrible abduction and imprisonment stories that were emerging around the time I was writing the novel. The news is a potent trigger for book ideas. The stuff people do to each other in real life is incredible and so many stories about women in the media make me incredibly angry. I wanted to create a female heroine who looks outwardly very weak, but who could actually dish out vengeance to her persecutors. Kind of an empowering revenge fantasy, I guess. For once, I wanted some small measure of justice to be meted out by the one who is wronged; because so often in the real world, the perpetrators of crimes against women get away with it, or get off far too lightly.
I guess you could say that in Mercy, a lost angel is beginning a process of stumbling back towards the light that has been denied her for the longest time. And I’m hoping that readers will be intrigued enough by her plight to want to read on and see if she makes it home, wherever or whatever that may end up being.
Wow, what a thought-provoking post. The thing about Mercy that drew me in the most was the fact that the main character is outwardly weak, but is so different underneath that.
Thank you for the post Rebecca and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
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