My name is K-A Russell, aspiring fantasy author, creative by nature, and a unique individual with a heart for hidden, untold stories. For years I had this dream to create something for my God, because a lot of what I was seeing on TV and reading in books lacked this foundational part of my life. I never quite saw the Christian worldview so cleverly revealed in fantasy the way I wanted. Sure, C.S. Lewis so overtly displayed Christian themes in his Narnia series and Tokien had such breadth to his Middle Earth. But what about now?
Thus the world of A’thírin was born, but not in the way I thought it would be. It began as a fanfic that morphed into its own world while I was living with a Jewish family in France. When I returned to Canada and enrolled at a Christian university, A’thírin transformed into a massive hand drawn map that I pinned to my wall. I created characters that I constantly fantasized about. But that’s all it ever was. Stories in my head.
It wasn’t until I lived in Japan that those stories began to take a more concrete form. I took part in NaNoWriMo and finished the first draft of The True Faithen’s Plight in two months. I rewrote that book five times, each time a little more of what I was experiencing as a foreigner in Japan making its way onto the pages. When I returned to Canada, I used my reverse culture shock to develop the main character, Ninthalas, who didn’t fit in his society. I utilized my spiritual journey and whatever I discovered in the Bible as inspiration for the cultures and scenes I was writing. Even now, as I strive to chart my own course in life, the stories I write become as unique as I am.
So what is A’thírin? It is a world that finds the unordinary in the ordinary. It’s a place where fantastical tales are not woven into magical systems, but the magic of awe and wonder are knit into fantastical tales. You will witness the hidden, untold stories of characters who struggle to understand themselves in societies where they don’t quite fit in. They will endure discrimination, trials and spiritual crises. You may smile in their joys and shed tears in their sorrows. Yet most of all, you may find that the God of A’thírin is as much interested in the inter-workings of these characters’ lives as the God of our world is in yours and mine.