My mom always tells me that I started reading at less than two years old. I don't doubt this is true. Books have been part of my life as far back as I can remember. Sure, at first I used them for a lot of things their authors never imagined or intended --- after all, they make great skyscrapers when piled up, and even better bases for G.I. Joe figures! But it was the stories contained within them that stuck with me long after the action figures were put away. Those stories took me to a place beyond the mundane --- a place where lions can talk, rings can make people invisible, and above all, where good triumphs over evil. These things resonated with me. It wasn't until I got much older that I understood why. These things resonate because they are fundamentally true. No, there is no Middle-Earth in real life. But there is a fundamental truth underlying Middle-Earth. The fundamental truth is that while evil exists and is powerful and terrible, there is a Good that is greater still. As Tolkien put it, "in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty forever beyond its reach."
This is what is missing from today's culture. We've lost our sense of truth and justice and a fundamental reality. We live in an era of anti-heroes. How can one cheer for the triumph of good when there is no good? When everything is relative, when the conflict within a story is only between the evil and the slightly less evil, what meaning is there? Those stories are unsatisfying in the long run because they are, at their core, fundamentally false.
So the reason I write is this: we still need heroes. We still need stories to show us, not that dragons are real, but that dragons can be defeated. We still need an ideal to strive for --- something beyond ourselves, something that points the way to a greater Truth. That's what I strive for in my writing.
Why not take that journey with me?