Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Fantasy Fiction Tour Last Sunrise

It's the morning of the last day of the Fantasy Fiction Tour. It's raining steadily at my host family's home in New Jersey. At about 9:30, Wayne Batson and I will journey back into New York and join our fellow authors Sharon Hinck and Christopher Hopper for the final stop in this exciting tour. Sharon and Christopher stayed at a mission church in Brooklyn, and they will drive to our Manhattan stop.

Now that I have a chance, I will post some photos from earlier days. At the Christopher Matthews store in Bel Air, MD, I had the great pleasure of seeing a neighbor from the days I lived in Baltimore, Gloria Ernst. You can see her in the photo at the upper right. We had a great turnout at this store and sold a lot of books. One young man bought or brought all of my books to be signed, as you can see in the next photo.

Next, we traveled to Newark, DE, and signed books at a Family Christian Store. This was a last minute addition to our tour, so there was very little promotion. Still, a few enthusiastic fans showed up, including Justin, who often posts comments on our blogs.
I'm including a photo of Christopher hugging our good friend, Justin. We also had a visit from Michael, a great supporter of Christian fantasy. He came fully dressed in a terrific bard's costume and played his Celtic harp. It had a lovely sound, and he played with great skill. He is a professional storyteller who uses his stories to plants seeds for the gospel. If you're interested in contacting him, go to You can see him in the next photo playing his harp.

From that store we traveled to the Days of Knights store in Newark, a fantasy and gaming store. We had a decent crowd of people and had a lot of fun talking at length to aspiring writers. I had a great talk with one of the workers there about Harry Potter and why the stories are harmful to young readers. Frankly, since this was a secular store, I was surprised at his ardent dislike for Harry, but I agreed with him on every point. I also met a young man named Benjamin who is a fan of my books. He had a lot of great questions, so it was fun interacting with him. The next photo shows me at the front of the store.

The next day, we went to Brooklyn and signed at the Timeless Treasures store. I don't have any good photos from that stop. After the signing, we went to a lively service at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, a huge church sanctuary that was attached to the store. Unfortunately, the loud bass guitar made Amanda's heart hurt, and it did the same to mine. We excused ourselves early and waited for the others, who were kind and gracious, as usual, and left soon after. Although the physical pain from the service is gone, my heart still aches spiritually. Those who know me well understand why. If you don't, please don't ask.

I am thankful for my hosts, Roheryn and family. I will also post a photo of her, showing that she is her usual crazy self. It's so great to be able to see her again and meet her family. Right now, she and my daughter, Legossi (Amanda), are out visiting Roh's horse, Carlo.

I probably won't post again until I get home. I hope to wrap up my blog posting for the tour at that time. Thank you to all who supported us with prayer, hospitality, and coming out to our stour stops.


Pais Charos said...

I'm glad y'all had fun at Roh's. *sighs heavily* Wish I could've been there.

Valerie Comer said...

Thanks so much for sharing these photos, Bryan. Prayers continue for today's signing and for all of you to return home safely.

The set of four books (from Rebecca Miller's contest) arrived on my doorstep today. Thank you! I look forward to some good reads while we're camping in the next couple of weeks.

Pam Halter said...

I brought my daughter, Mary, and her friend, Heather, to the Family Christian Store in Newark, DE. They enjoyed meeting all the authors and especially liked the sparring exhibition.

Thanks for taking the time to talk to our kids! Mary is looking foward to reading Enoch's Ghost as soon as summer theatre is done.

WayneThomasBatson said...

Really glad to hear that you made it home safely, brother! Godspeed on your next journey.


Amy Jane said...

I would be so intrigued to see a post about the issues you shared against the HP books.

I'm not one for alarmism, and I've read the books and find them debate-worthy, but I've not yet heard any non-believers list their objections. Would you be able to share?

Clefspeare said...

Amy, this man's main concern was the fact that Harry Potter is a liar, a cheat, and a thief. The stories are set up so that rule-breaking is necessary, and he often breaks the rules for selfish reasons. The story usually rewards his bad behavior, and anyone who wishes to keep the rules is portrayed as bad or annoying. Kids who read the stories are constantly subjected to a kids rule mentality that lacks respect for authority.

I agree with that assessment and view the books as harmful.

Amy Jane said...

Hmmm-- late coming back, but a follow-up question.

Are you familiar with the Charlie Bone books? They will forever be compared with Harry (and a bit formulaic), but I think they have a few more things going for them (though I've only read the first two) so I've started suggesting them as a Potter alternate.

Most notably to me, they have adult involvement; trustworthy adults being both available and turned-to when the issue gets too big for the child(ren), and the over-all tone seeming more appropriate for the 10-12 age-range the first book seems pointed at.

It still has magic elements, though, so that could still be troubling to some.

(Unrelated, but I referenced an article of yours in my latest post-- in case you wanted to know.)

Clefspeare said...


I have heard of the Charlie Bone books, but I haven't read any of them. I'll try to check one out soon.

Please let me know how I can read the post where you referenced my article.

Amy Jane said...

Looking back I'm afraid I didn't do such a good job actually tying it in to my topic, but it's in the post "Let them be warriors."

Honestly, I just fell in love with the title and I think I was grasping for content that justified it.