Q&A: Ian Acheson (Angelguard)
Q: Angelguard weaves an
international tale about spiritual and physical warfare. Where did you
find inspiration for this novel?
We live in a world where so much evil occurs. It fascinates me that the Bible talks a lot about spiritual warfare but we as a Christian community tend not to. In writing Angelguard I hoped to highlight this battle.
All my life I’ve loved stories of good and evil--Super heroes, to Tolkien, CS Lewis, Ted Dekker and on. Frank Peretti’s “Darkness” books had a big impact on me 20 or so years ago when they came out. Since I was a kid, I’d always visualized angels and demons in the common way I think most people do, that is, human-like with wings. Other than Lewis’ work, the “Darkness” novels were the first Christian novels I’d read that provided a visual picture of this spiritual battle.
Q: What sort of research did you conduct while writing Angelguard?
A lot. The novel races around the globe so even though I’ve been fortunate to have travelled to a number of the locations, I needed to learn more from desk research. Weapons, angels and demons, spiritual warfare, all required research.
I love the research aspect of writing fiction. It’s very easy for me to lose myself in it so I have to set myself specific time limitations otherwise I’d never write anything.
Q: How difficult was it to characterize the spirits that your
main character, Jack Haines, encounters? How did you write them in such a
way that readers would find them believable, yet transcendent of our world?
I find this the most challenging and exciting aspect of writing fiction: creating multi-layered characters, human and supernatural.
I was fortunate to have the services of two wonderful editors, both of whom taught me how to write and self-edit. In the 10 years it took to produce Angelguard, there’s been a lot of editing and re-writing.
I still have so much to learn, as the reader will notice when they read Angelguard.
Q: Where do you get your best ideas?
I think most authors are great observers. Having my moleskin ever handy is vital as I go about my day. I read a lot and many varied sources so this is always good fodder for ideas. I also came to appreciate the significance of listening for God’s gentle nudge. He’s the best executive editor.
Q: Can you give us a hint about the next installment in the
Absolutely. The series is "The Chronicles of the Angelguard" and book 2 is titled Wrestling with Shadows. In this novel I explore the battleground for where spiritual warfare is conducted: the human heart. Some of the key human and supernatural characters will return. But it will introduce a few new ones including a particularly well-connected couple who have revenge on their minds.