Please join me in welcoming Joanna White to the blog to chat about her novel Shifter – and love!
SERIES: Valiant #2
GENRE: Christian Fantasy
PUBLISHER: Ambassador International
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2019
Beroan is a shapeshifter, part of the dragon clan. His clan’s Alpha, Sirath, wants to watch the world burn.
For ten long years Sirath has attacked villages, killing thousands of humans and burning towns to the ground. Beroan has had enough, but his resistance will only end in suffering.
Nsi is a human living in a small village with her grandmother and cousin. Her ignorance about the existence of shifters won’t protect her for long. Her family was killed in a dragon attack when she was younger, and now dragons have come again. Now she will stop at nothing until the dragon shifters are stopped, to save humans from suffering the same fate as her family.
Together, Nsi and Beroan will risk everything to save humanity from Sirath.
Darkness is spreading through the galaxy, Corrupting one world after another, and now it has come for theirs. Sirath already belongs to the Corruption of darkness.
He will not stop until he burns down the world and leaves it covered in fire and ash.
Love is one of the most powerful forces in the entire universe. It was created by God to show us what his true character truly is. The closest we can ever come to fully knowing and understanding God’s love is through marriage. When you wholly and truly love another person so deeply that you want to spend the rest of your life with them, that you’re willing to work with them and overcome obstacles to stay together. I get that feeling any time I see older couples who have been together for forty, fifty years, or even longer. It’s a truly touching thing.
I was blessed to marry a husband who was the opposite of the men I’d seen in my life. My dad wasn’t the best, and I’d been through many boyfriends who always ended up leaving me. It left me feeling as if I was never really good enough for anyone. Until my husband came along and finally made me feel like a woman who deserved to be loved, cherished, and taken care of.
Now days, love seems to have been corrupted. People get divorced right and left, people get together in the most intimate of ways, not fully understanding how holy God intended that to be within the confines of marriage and how beautiful it really is when you love someone, heart, body, and soul, as God intended. People say God is love and use it as an excuse to sin, when in reality, his justice against sin is true love.
I wrote my book Shifter before I got married. I had actually just met my husband, so back then, we were barely even friends. I couldn’t write a book without a good romance in it—still can’t, in fact—but Nsi and Beroan’s characters felt like they were meant for each other.
Their relationship and dynamic immediately clicked. And even through the shapeshifter war and all the drama going on, I wanted to show that pursuing a relationship can be really awkward at first. Sometimes, the communication isn’t always clear, assumptions are made, feelings can get hurt, and I wanted to show that for them.
The ending, of course, well, I took a different route. Avoiding spoilers, it isn’t a “happy” one necessarily but we live in a sin fallen world, which means that bad things to do happen. God will use those bad things to our benefit and works them all out for the good. Which is the reason why I wrote Shifter the way that I did.
I want my books to be an inspiration to others, but to also encourage them. Yes, they’re fantasy. Magic and dragons and shapeshifters (sadly) aren’t real but love is. The struggle to find love is real, the fear that you won’t find love is real, and sometimes, bad things happen, which is also real too. But through it all, God is always with us and He is love. Which is why He always does what’s best for us, even if we can’t see it, just like the characters couldn’t see it at the end of Shifter.
Joanna White earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment at Full Sail University. The Valiant series is her first published work, which first started off on Wattpad. She lives in the country of Missouri with her husband, where she continues to work on her other upcoming books. Writing has been a passion since she was ten, when she wrote her first book. Ever since then, writing has become her life outside of her family, God, and being a nerd.
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What about you? What interests you most about Shifter by Joanna White? Do you need a happy ending in the fiction you read (I usually do) or are you ok with a not-so-happily-ever-after ending on occasion?