Christian Fantasy, Young Adult
Escaping from the turmoil of her home, fifteen-year-old Posy finds herself at her usual haunt … the library. When she chooses an unfamiliar book from the shelf, she does not devour its words as she usually does.
Its words devour her.
Posy is pulled into the pages of a fairy tale in turmoil. Characters whisper of rebellion against their Plot. And Posy must find a lost princess whose role in the story is crucial, before her own role in the book comes to a horrible end.
With the Prince Kyran as a reluctant companion, Posy ventures past the Borders of the Plot, into the depths of the treacherous Wild Land forest that lies beyond. Secrets are buried there, dangerous and deadly. Yet the deadliest danger of all is the one Posy carries within herself. Soon it’s clear that finding the lost princess is the least of Posy’s concerns. The Author of the book must be found. His Plot must be put to rights again, his characters reminded of who they were first created to be. Only then will the True Story be written, both for Posy, and for the tale she has now become a part of.
"I loved this story from cover to cover. I cannot even begin to tell you how original, fresh, unique, and intriguing it is! So many of the concepts and plot twists in this book blew me away and enchanted me in the same breath."~Amazon reviewer
"It takes the reading experience to a whole new level!"~Amazon reviewer
"This book has a great Christian allegory. If you like C.S. Lewis, this book is for you."~Amazon reviewer
CIR: What inspired this unusual tale?
WILLIS: When I was a child, I would peek through the gaps of books on the shelves of my local library and pretend that I could see the “worlds” of books there beyond them. I even went so far as to picture the characters of the books, miniature-sized, walking along the edges of the bookshelves, emerging from the pages. I think that was the true beginning of my inspiration for The Word Changers, although over the years, and especially after I began writing it, it evolved into something deeper and more meaningful.
CIR: What themes do you address in this book?
WILLIS: The Word Changers is a Christian allegory, similar (in that particular way) to the Chronicles of Narnia. In my book, the Author of the book that Posy falls into wants his characters to trust in the story he has written for them, instead of trying to take control of it themselves, which only ever leads to ruin. There are strong themes of forgiveness in this book, as Posy struggles to understand the difficulties of her broken home, and navigate her way through a fairy tale that is crueler than she ever could have imagined.
CIR: What do you hope readers will take away from The Word Changers?
WILLIS: I love to read fantasy myself. But what I always look for in my absolute favorite books is a deeper meaning that I can carry with me long after I close the book. I hope that The Word Changers is a tale like that – one with not only an entertaining story, but with a lasting message that can be taken to heart. I would like readers to see hope and forgiveness in their own lives as they read about it in Posy’s. And I hope that, even in a small part, The Word Changers will give them a bit more courage to search for their own stories, the ones they were created for.
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