Author Interview – Allen Brokken – Light of Mine – MS Fantasy

Light of Mine

About the Book

Book: Light of Mine

Author: Allen Brokken

Narrator: Stacey Bradshaw

Genre: Middle grade Christian Fantasy

Release date: November 10, 2021

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LightOfMine-Audio

Darkness is spreading through Zoura. Beyond the borders of the heathlands, innocent animals are being turned into monsters, and good men into pawns of the Dark One. Father has vanished after joining the Mighty Mercenaries and mother has gone missing in search of him.

Alone on the farm, twelve-year-old Lauren and her brave little brothers, Aiden(9) and Ethan(5), must guard the Tower of Light that will guide both parents home. But when a hooded stranger is caught trespassing the farm, and a new bishop claims the church, confusion pervades their close-knit community. Will the children be able to recognize who is a threat to the Tower and who is there to help them protect it?

With little else but the aid of a trio of blessed pets, three holy weapons, and their growing faith, Lauren, Aiden, and Ethan find it is up to them to stop the agents of The Dark One from putting out the Light and dooming the heathlands to Darkness.

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About the Author – Allen Brokken

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Allen Brokken is a teacher at heart, a husband and father most of all. He’s a joyful writer by the abundant grace of God. He began writing the Towers of Light series for his own children to help him illustrate the deep truths of the Bible in an engaging and age appropriate way. He’s dedicated 15 years of his life to volunteer roles in children’s ministry and youth development. Now that his own children are off to college he’s telling stories and sharing clean humor on social media @allenbrokkenauthor, and through his blog https://www.allenbrokkenauthor.com.

More from Allen Brokken

When my kids were young there was really nothing better than getting out of my car at the end of a long day at work and having my three little kiddos run up to me and give hugs because Daddy’s Home!  As a Father of three young children I was very concerned about the direction society was taking.  I wasn’t sure that with how things were going that I had the knowledge or the skill to train them up in the way they should go, as the Bible directs.

Then in 2008 I took a new job that had me traveling four days a week.  It was one of the hardest times of my life, the stress of a high pressure job, the loneliness of being on the road, and uncertainty of being a young parent really brought me to the end of myself.  However, all of the travel gave me a lot of time to study the scriptures and learn from the writing of great bible teachers.

It was during this time that I began to write stories for my children.  At first I brought my children’s stuffed animals to life for silly adventures.  But then one day while we were putting together a play fort in our back yard I saw a sunrise pattern in the wood in the top of the tower.  I thought:​

“What if there was a Tower of Light shining God’s goodness over the children and their animals?”

“What if the children experienced the indwelling of the holy spirit in a real way like Sampson or David?”

“What if the full armor of God was physical armor they could use to defeat the darkness?”

As I shared my story with my children, they loved it.

I believe you and your children will love it too.

An Interview with Allen Brokken

I want to welcome Allen to the blog today. I have reviewed his books in the past and I am excited to have him join us today to answer a few questions.

When did you first know you wanted to be an author? 

When I was in second grade my teacher had us write a short story.  She chose to send mine in to the local newspaper as a part of  a contest.  It was published and ever since then I’ve considered being a write.  Life got in the way and I ended up in Information Technology, but even there I did a lot of writing.

When you are not writing, what other hats do you wear? What do you do for fun?

I’m in Technology Sales professionally so that hat’s on a big part of my day.  To be honest writing is fun and telling Dad Jokes on social media is a close second.  I have a lot of fun coming up with silly things around the house.  Now that my kids are mostly grown I don’t have the captive audience for the puns that come to mind, but there’s a lot of people online looking for wholesome humor.

Who did you have in mind as you wrote the book?

I originally wrote this story for my own kids.  It was originally something to connect with them when I was home on the weekends after traveling most of the week for work.  But I published it for parents who want to connect with their kids over an amazing story that reinforces Christian values.

What is your current WIP?  What can you tell us about it?

I’m in the editing process for book 5 Wellspring of Life.  God willing it will be out in November in paperback.  This story continues Lauren, Aiden and Ethan’s tale as they trek across the prairie to find the Wellspring of Life.  This was a lot of fun for me as I got to imagine really interesting scenarios with new animals, prairie dogs, coyotes, and crows.  It’s literally a wild ride.  Oh and I forgot to mention, Lauren gets a pony of her own.

What advice would you give to a child or teen who wants to be a writer?

Write.  Don’t let anyone talk you out of it.  Just do it.  Write every time you have the energy and the inspiration, write.  That said, the best writers are very humble.  Ask for feedback, evaluate it and make changes to get better.  Light of Mine has been through 18 rounds of edits, and let me tell you, that’s a humbling experience.

Thank you so much for joining us today.

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6 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this author interview and audiobook details, I think that my grandchildren will enjoy listening to this story

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  2. Great interview, Light of Mine sounds like a great fantasy for me share with the kids! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a sunshiny day!

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