David Wright reconciles faith with his fantasy books

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By Toni Stauffer

David Wright, 47, lives in Smiths Station, Ala., with his wife of 14 years, Kim, and their twelve-year-old son Jackson. He is a member of Grace Baptist Church in Columbus. Born and raised in Columbus, Wright graduated from Hardaway High School in 1989. He lived in Birmingham and Mobile, but returned to Columbus in 2013 where he now works in the Public Affairs office at Fort Benning, heading up their Television Production department.

He is the author of a young adult Christian fantasy series titled Galahad’s Doom. The first book in the series, published in 2014, is My Brother’s Keeper, which tells the story of Galen Griffon, a young soldier pulled into a war against great evil as wizards and demons conspire to control the fate of the kingdoms of Lanis. My Brother’s Keeper is a riveting tale of Christian faith and magic, temptation and redemption, and self-discovery.

“Anyone who enjoys Lord of the Rings, the Chronicles of Narnia or King Arthur stories will enjoy these books,” Wright said. “These aren’t cute little Sunday School lessons for kids, but primarily action adventures that happen to be informed by my personal faith.”

The second book in the series, published in July 2018, is titled Marching as to War and continues Galen’s epic and inspirational story as he battles against a mysterious knight born from the depths of Hell who leads an army of beasts and demons in a bid to conquer the kingdoms.

The last book in the three-part series is titled The Armor of God and has been plotted. Wright just wrote the first scene and said readers can expect the book to come out in probably three years.

Wright first began writing and publishing short stories in shared world anthologies, such as The Sentinel super hero series. The idea for the first book began forming as early as 1997. He started writing it, not knowing what form it would take.

“The book I wanted to read didn’t exist, so I wrote it,” said Wright.

He just knew he wanted to be able to share the story. But there really isn’t much in the way of Christian fantasy in the world, perhaps because “a lot of people have trouble reconciling the use of faith.” Wright said he wanted to explore that ground and why there is a disconnect—for instance, why people have a problem with magic in the Harry Potter series, but not in the Lord of the Rings.

In Wright’s fantasy world of Lanis, Christianity was introduced when Merlin sent Sir Galahad through a portal some centuries before Galen’s story begins.

“At a certain level, the Galahad’s Doom is a defense of the fantasy genre for Christians. Hopefully, it’s a demonstration that there is room in fantasy for stories that Christians can support, but you don’t have to be a believer to enjoy the story. There is no attempt to proselytize the reader, it’s just fun epic fantasy adventure.”

Wright’s books can be purchased in both Kindle and paperback formats on Amazon, and at http://www.whiterocketbooks.com/galengriffon. He also has a blog at http://galengriffon.blogspot.com/.