K. M. Russell

IMG_0064Whether I go by K.M., K-A, Kellie-Ann, or just Kellie, I’m all one person, but with many layers–like an onion or a paper maché project.  I’m also SugoiMe over on the Fantasy-Faction forums, which is a nice community of fantasy readers.  If you couldn’t guess, I’m an aspiring author, and my goal is to fuse fantasy with God-centred worldview in such a way that appeals to the masses.  It’s a challenging ambition, but I’m determined to make it work.

My journey to writing has been a long one, full of twists and turns and wild musings that eventually developed into the world of A’thírin.  Stories have been consuming my imagination for as long as I can remember.  From fan fictions to my own creations, they’ve shaped my biggest dreams.  For the longest time, I wanted to be an animation artist and make big bucks creating worthwhile content for the masses while living in Japan.

IMG_0715A part of that dream was realized.  I lived in southern Japan for three years from 2012 to 2015.  It was there that my dream shifted to becoming a full time author when a friend peer pressured me into doing NaNoWriMo and I wrote my first draft of a story that’s been nagging at me since I was twenty years old.  I’ve always liked writing, and besides drawing, it was a quick way to release my creativity.

Since that first draft, I’ve worked tirelessly to produce the A’thería’s Wake trilogy.  It’s a massive project complete with my own hand-drawn maps, a separate language with its own written form, various cultures, and a huge list of characters.  And it’s so big that it’s bound to keep me busy for many books to come.

IMG_0063Several things have influenced this world.  My love of languages, the Bible, Japanese culture, and more have all found their way into my first book.  But the real reason I write isn’t just to incorporate these things.  As I mentioned above, it’s primarily to find a realistic fusing of entertainment and faith.  Secondarily, it seeks to address social issues.  In the first book, I challenge traditionalism, stereotypical gender roles, and racial discrimination in subtle ways, many of the experiences based on events in my own life.  All this has come from my time in southern Japan, in a small community where traditionalism reigns supreme.

So that’s where I find myself today.  When I was a teen, I inadvertently made a promise that my first project would be dedicated to God.  Back then, I was thinking about an animation film, but now it’s morphed into my first trilogy.  It just goes to show that God is not only invested in Sunday church service or Bible study.  He’s very much a part of every aspect of my life, my creative processes included.  A’thírin is a testament to that.