Author Reflections – Christian Fiction Adventure is Enhanced by Maps
Johnny “Mapper” Wycke slammed on the brakes of the jeep. The dirt road ahead forked. One way led to Cameroon, the other deeper into the Congo. Both directions were potential death sentences. He had to make a choice for himself and his partner, Memphis, in the passenger seat next to him.
Memphis had long since given up his search for maps of the Congo in the glove box. There were no maps except those in Johnny’s head–a trove of data collected from a life of risk and a heart for the needy.
After the two men bowed their heads and asked for God’s direction, Memphis nodded at Johnny, a gesture of trust, then the jeep sped west. (Based on characters in Dark Liaison by D.I. Telbat.)
When I was a boy, for a time I had a room with bare sheet-rock walls. Collecting dozens of National Geographic maps, I then smuggled a roll of tape into my bare abode to cover every space of my walls and ceiling with maps of the world. No need for wallpaper or paint!
In my COIL novel #1, Dark Liaison, Johnny Wycke travels the world as an agent for the COIL organization. My childhood inspired the creation of this character. Maps have changed my life, perhaps mostly by making the world seem smaller, and bringing me closer to places that otherwise seemed remote.
Even if we’re not smuggling Bibles and medical gear into the Congo like Johnny Wycke, knowing our geography will enhance our lives and our reading experiences, not to mention our interaction with others in the world. And our adventure can only be heightened!
Do you study geography when you read novels that take place in other parts of the world?
See you in the field!
Check out this Voice of the Martyrs map on their website. Click here to read my last Author Reflections, “Closed Windows, Open Doors.” And our next Author Reflections will be, “Bible Smuggling Ingenuity.”