About the Book
Book: Fear No Evil
Author: Allen Brokken
Genre: Christian Middle Grade Fantasy
Release Date: December 5, 2020
Across the land of Zoura, people and creatures alike continue to fall prey to the persuasion of darkness. The seeds of evil pollute not only those outside the Light, but those within it. Pitting neighbor against neighbor. Brother against brother. The Dark One gains ground in his pursuit to shroud the heathlands in eternal darkness. Zoura’s only hope lies with three children.
Twelve-year-old Lauren and her younger brothers, Aiden and Ethan, are determined to reignite the Tower of Light in Blooming Glen. But an attack by dark forces separates them, driving them into a valley of darkness. Without each other or their Knight Protector, the three siblings must navigate the wilderness while fending off creatures tainted by evil. They fight not just for Zoura, but for their own survival.
Will the darkness overtake Lauren, Aiden, and Ethan? Or will they prove their faith is stronger and that they fear no evil?
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About the Author
Allen Brokken is a teacher at heart, a husband and father most of all. He’s a joyful writer by the abundant grace of God. He began writing the Towers of Light series for his own children to help him illustrate the deep truths of the Bible in an engaging and age appropriate way. He’s dedicated 15 years of his life to volunteer roles in children’s ministry and youth development. Now that his own children are off to college he’s sharing his life experiences on social media @towersoflight, @twodadsandajoke, and through his blog https://www.lightofmine.net
More from Allen
The stakes have been raised in the 3rd book of the Towers of Light Series, Fear No Evil. The children have been separated from one another in the darkness shrouded, Muddy River valley. Evil prowls around them at every turn. Do they have the faith to fear no evil?
My favorite part about writing this book was a conversation I had with the real Ethan. I had a tight editorial deadline to meet and I decided to go on a writing retreat to finish the book. While I was trying to leave home, my youngest the real life Ethan kept asking me questions and delaying my departure. Finally, I said, “You know the last time I wrote there was a ferocious bear about to eat Ethan. If I don’t sit down and start writing soon, he’s going to be a bear food.” Ethan’s reply was, “Yah you better go write now!” You’ll have to pick up Fear no Evil to see if I got back to the story in time.
What role does God play in your writing career?
I started writing as an outgrowth of my growing faith in God. I was traveling for work and spending a lot of time in solitude four days a week. I was studying the Bible and books by various theologians. I wanted to share what I was learning with my kids, but it was hard to put into words they could understand. So I started writing this series to try to illustrate the points in a fantastical way.
Are you a “panster” or a “plotster” or a little of both? What does that mean to you and how do you use that when writing a book?
I’m a panster that’s kept in line by a plotster alter ego. That is I start a story with what I call a flight plan. Some main points I want to get to. So for Fear No Evil, I wanted to for sure separate the kids, introduce the Iron Priestesses, make sure the Acolyte got REALLY EVIL and do something weird with the creatures in the river. I plotted the ideas out as guide and then let my inner punster loose to put words on paper.
I actually had to rework the chapter order and some of the events at least three times to get the flow right.
Do you write full-time or part-time? How does that influence your writing?
I write part time. My day job is really demanding, and prior to the COVID-19 lock down I traveled a lot for work. That actually gave me space to write, and during the lock down it’s actually been a challenge to keep up my writing velocity, because I’ve got a completely different schedule.
Do you ever get writer’s block? If yes, how do you overcome it?
I am SOOO stuck right now on the last leg of Armor of God, book 4 in the series. Generally my tactic is to just go do something else, like edit a different book or work on my social media for the series. But none of that was really working. Then it just so happened that this weekend my pastor talked on the Armor of God and the “shoes of peace” stuck out in that sermon. So I think I figured out the last leg of the journey.
What are some new projects you’re working on?
I’m currently working on Armor of God the fourth book in the Towers of Light Series. The stakes have been raised significantly from Fear No Evil, and I think the ending is going to be a real shocker.
Do you ever ask your readers if they want more books about favorite characters?
I did ask around about the character called Uncle from Still Small Voice to see if people wanted him to come back in Fear No Evil. I originally had him sitting out a book, but people had grown to like him by the end of Still Small Voice, So I brought him back to pick up his grudge with the Giant and my early readers appreciated that.
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5 Replies to “AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Fear No Evil by Allen Brokken”
Thank you Cheri for this introduction to what sounds like a great series of books and a new author to me! I wish these books would have been around and/or I would have known about them when my son was young. They sound much like the type of books we read together every night. I will be looking into getting some of these now for my grandkids! Have a great week!
I enjoyed the interview.
Thank you for the opportunity to learn about your book. God bless you. Thank you for sharing your time and your talent. Merry Christmas
Cheri, Thank you for sharing “Fear No Evil”. Sounds like a great series.
This sounds like a really good read. Great cover!