Hello. My name is Meredith Leigh Burton, and I am honored you have chosen to peruse my web site. Fantasy novels are a wonderful way to stimulate imagination. Through fantasy stories, we become acquainted with characters who are embroiled in life and death struggles with evil forces. We are allowed to escape, even for a few moments, from daily life. We are allowed to imagine how we ourselves would react in certain situations.
I have devoured fantasy and allegorical tales for as long as I can remember. I remember the first time I read Lewis’ exceptional The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Sitting on my favorite chair, my fingers moving rapidly over the Braille pages, I was transported to a magical world where an evil witch fed luscious Turkish Delight to a young boy and caused destructive winter to reign, and where a noble Lion and four courageous children determined to set things right. Fantasy novels feed our souls and invigorate us for real-life adventures we must face everyday.
Crimilia is a novel that I wrote in order to explore how two disabled protagonists might react if they were suddenly thrust into an epic battle in another world. Haven’t we all pondered the possibility of other worlds? Our universe is so vast, it does not seem much of a stretch of the imagination to think that a raging battle between good and evil forces is fought throughout the entire cosmos. Madeleine L’Engle explored this possibility in her wondrous A Wrinkle in Time, and the Apostle Paul says it best when he states, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the principalities, against the evil forces of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6-10-12). Ingenious authors such as C.S. Lewis have often wondered about the existence of other worlds themselves.
There are very few fantasy novels that feature disabled protagonists. I am a blind individual myself, and people are often instructed to “write about what they know”. God seemed to be telling me to write about blindness, so when I was given this idea, the others seemed to flow.
Thank you once again for choosing to peruse this web site. I hope that you find the information helpful and that you enjoy Crimilia. Thank you and God bless.