College of Arts and Sciences


Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing


Corey James Latta


Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Celtic, Gaelic


Creative Writing | English Language and Literature


Though there are exceptions to this rule, today’s bestselling Young Adult (YA) fantasy novels tend to be riddled with gratuitous sex and violence—material far too mature for developing minds. While this kind of content is hardly new to adult fiction, it has, over the last few years, crept steadily and insidiously into books for younger readers. Reading today’s fiction, one would think these were essential elements of a good story. The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of The Rings clearly prove otherwise. Through The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien demonstrated the far-reaching impact of Christocentric fantasy, painting exquisite portraits of the Gospel that continue to captivate the minds of readers young and old alike. Unlike many modern fantasy authors, neither of these literary giants relied on gratuitous sex or violence to sell their stories. Given the current state of YA fantasy, with its pervasive moral depravity, I believe the time has come for a new Narnia: a contemporary YA fantasy novel that proclaims the age-old Gospel in a language that resonates with twenty-first-century readers. Thus, I present "Alanda MacMaster & The Realm of the Faes."