Three Cool Things About Angels in The World of The Watcher
As you may know, angels have been featured in stories, poems, and art since before the Old Testament. Now, there’s hundreds of books on the shelves about them, each one different and unique in its own way. The world of angels is as varied as that of vampires, if not more so. Often we think of angels as being Christian, but in fact, they touch into three religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Muslim. They appear in the Old Testament, The Bible, the Qu’ran, and there were winged gods worshipped by pagans long before that.
I love angels, and stories about them, but not every angel or every story. I have my own ideas about their world. So, of course, I had to write about that world.
Here are three basic ideas I have about angels that I included in my novel, The Watcher:
1. Angels are Good: In angel lore, the angels are part of the forces of good. Certainly, they can fall, and there can be evil ones, but angels are basically good. I wanted to write about good angels. I wanted them to be good, and yet relatable, so they have flaws as well, or, rather, shortcomings.
2. Angels are Powerful: As forces for good, angels need to be powerful, more powerful than evil. I’m a huge fan of the show Supernatural, and I love the way the angels on the show smite demons. I wanted angels to be able to smite, but do it with love and light. So I created a world where the angels had weapons that could only be used against evil, and the force behind their tools was a loving one.
Sometimes, the power of love is so great, it blasts open the doors of perception and we start to see things differently. Isn’t that a type of smiting in itself?
3. Angels Can Sin: This idea is my favorite. As powerful as angels are, they need to have limits. So while good is ultimately more powerful than evil, it also must follow the law and not break it, which leads to the idea of sin. Though I don’t use sin lightly, I do use it in its original Greek meaning, which was simply missing the mark, making big mistakes. Since our world has both negative and positive things in it—we see tragedies and triumphs every day—what affect does that have on celestial beings? Though angels are good and represent God, could they also be imperfect? Would exposure to our world tempt them to break their laws? Since I also feature fallen angels and redemption in The Watcher, I had to also figure out what would make angels fall. The idea was that for angels, sin was a type of illness that affected them. I don’t go into the illness in great detail, just the symptoms: which, for them, manifested as sin.
There are more ideas present in the world of The Watcher, but these three were the most fun to work with, and concepts that I hope the reader finds enjoyable as well.
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Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her. Can he face her without falling again?
Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings--soft and silent like snow--and somebody trying to steal them.
When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn't understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them--but not from any textbook.
In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?
Ancient history is only the beginning.