Q&A: Christa Kinde (The Garden Gate)
CAN YOU GIVE US AN OVERALL DESCRIPTION OF WHAT THE SERIES IS ABOUT?
Invisible doors, angels in disguise, kidnapped comrades, demonic minions, divine messengers, sword fights, winged rescuers, shared dreams, and apple pie.
Prissie Pomeroy never gave much thought to invisible things until the day she met a boy she shouldn’t have been able to see. Koji claims to be an angel, and Prissie is stunned to learn that there are others living and working in her hometown. None of these angels can explain why she’s suddenly able to see the unseen, but with God, nothing is impossible. Koji and his teammates answer Prissie’s questions, change her perceptions, and strengthen a faith she’ll soon need … for danger lurks in the darkness.
ONE THEME IN THE BOOK IS THE UNSEEN FORCES OF GOOD AND EVIL ALL AROUND US. IT’S EASY FOR A LOT OF CHRISTIANS TO JUST NOT THINK ABOUT THIS PART OF FAITH. IN FACT, FOR SOME PEOPLE, THERE IS A LOT OF FEAR ASSOCIATED WITH SUPERNATURAL BEINGS. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WRITE ABOUT IT?
Fear and faith. Both make sense when it comes to the supernatural. On the one hand, our faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV). Even if we don’t spend much time thinking about heaven and its hosts, they’ve always been around. And along with reverent fear comes fascination. We’re curious about these angels who’ve seen the face of God. I suppose it’s that divine intrigue that led me to write about the denizens of heaven.
WHY DO YOU WRITE FOR THIS YOUNG ADULT AGE GROUP?
While it’s true that I write the kinds of stories I love to read, I’m also thinking about a very specific readership. Our household includes five tweens/teens, and they’re my first audience. Holding their interest. Challenging their faith. Shaping their opinions. Stories allow me to skip the lecture and show my kids what’s important.
WHAT DO YOUR KIDS THINK ABOUT YOUR NOVELS?
This has become a household joke. I can slave over a chapter for days, and all the feedback I get is, “I liked it.” But they aren’t always that skimpy. My lot has collapsed into giggles, grabbed for tissues, and cheered for right choices. And more than once, I’ve caught them rereading the books on their own. I can’t think of a higher compliment than that.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR BEST IDEAS?
Ideas sneak up on authors. I never know where or when I’ll be ambushed. But I’d have to say my very best ideas come while I’m writing. Stories change shape and grow throughout their telling. They’re unpredictable things. Dynamic. Whimsical. And jam-packed with tiny miracles. In fact, my favorite part of being an author is being the first one to find out what’ll happen next!