Why I wrote A Time of Demons and Angels
by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
About seven years ago I decided I finally wanted to write an end-of-days saga that I’d been thinking about for years. It’d be a little like Stephen King’s The Stand, which is one of my all-time favorite novels, and a bit like the Left Behind series (but not as preachy). I’d originally called it A Time of Demons when I first released it in 2010 from a small publisher but when I got the full rights back in June 2015 I re-titled it A Time of Demons and Angels, which more completely explains what it’s about, the end of days and the Rapture, and self-published it. I’d planned it as a two or three book series but, as yet, I haven’t written book two. Perhaps in time I will. The book, though, can and does stand alone.
A Time of Demons and Angels all began with a tiny seed. There’d be two sibling main characters. These characters, a loving brother and sister, Cassandra and Johnny Graystone, would be nightclub playing musicians who’d lost their family (five brothers and sisters and a mother and father) twenty years before and in the present would be living with and taking care of their elderly aunt and uncle. The aunt would have Alzheimer’s and the uncle, age catching up with him, would be frail, as well. They’d be Catholic as I’d been raised. The uncle would believe the end days had come. Cassandra would be happy with her life singing out with her brother and living with her sick aunt and uncle. Until…she’d begin to know when people were going to die and she’d begin seeing these hideous creatures–demons–hiding behind some of her human audiences’ faces; bad things would start to happen around her, and she’d think either she was going insane or something terrible was happening to the world.
It turns out her uncle was right. The end days had come. I saw demons and angels swirling around her that only, at first, she would see. Then I saw her with a glowing sword that she’d use in battles with other human soldiers of her kind she’d meet along the way fighting a growing horde of demons. The apocalypse would not be far behind.
Ah, it would be an apocalyptic novel. That’s it. But one with heart; characters you could root for and love, more a layman’s view of the biblical end-of-days, and not near as much preaching as The Left Behind series which I’d read years before and liked.
Since I’ve always wanted to write an end-of-days novel -I’d loved Stephen King’s The Stand so much–the story had taken firm root and wouldn’t leave me alone until I started writing it. I had to. It would be my long career’s masterpiece, or so I believed. The book called to me that strongly.
The woman eventually discovers she is one of many who will have powers to see and fight demons, with the help of angels, as the end days draw near. She must seek out others like herself and convince them to join the fight. She must begin to battle the powerful evil entities she alone is aware of, as well. In the process I send her, her brother, aunt and uncle, and their friends, on a rousing but dangerous quest across the country in a RV…after tornadoes and demons destroy their homes. The world is falling apart around them. Catastrophic earthquakes, tornados and hurricanes are everywhere. And there is a rise in terrible human crimes…most caused by demons or demonic influences. But I tried to make it a story of family and human love as well as a survival saga in the face of overwhelming odds as the world spins to its end.
Since it’s been out some people feel it’s too religious; some, not religious enough. Not enough this, not enough that, or how dare I write something on such a huge religious scale? Oh, no, you have angels in it? Oh, no, you have demons in it! Whatever. I only wanted it to be a good story.
An editor, Lisa Jackson, helped me polish it up in 2010 when it first came out, and in 2015 Dawne Dominique made me an amazing new cover showing the demon and the angel who torment or guide the warriors as they travel the country in their RV fighting demons and saving humans.
These days this book also has a very special place in my heart. I’d loosely based the character of Johnny on my musician/songwriter brother, Jim Meyer (and the girl musician on another version of me) because we used to sing together when we young. But Jim was a true Christian through and through. On May 29, 2015 my sweet brother Jim passed away after a long and awful battle with cancer. This book is for him.
So that’s how the A Time of Demons and Angels was first given life and continues on today. Hopefully, in the next few years I will write that second novel in the series…
Here’s where to find its eBook, paperback and Audible audio book:
http://tinyurl.com/pbcntqw (Nook: http://tinyurl.com/onyj3de) Create Space paperback: https://tsw.createspace.com/title/5563474 or the Audible audio Book: http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/A-Time-of-Demons-Audiobook/B00NUADFKY/ref=a_search_c4_1_5_srImg?qid=1436146088&sr=1-5
Since Cassandra Graystone was a child and her family perished in a fire she knows and sees things other people don’t…when someone will die or that a demon lurks beneath a human skin. She sees phantoms. Yet she craves a simple life singing out with her musician brother, Johnny, and caring for her elderly aunt and uncle; to be with her friends, Sarah, a psychic, and Walter, a clown in a carnival circuit. But when Sarah sees apocalyptic events in her tarot cards and demons are everywhere, Cassandra fears she’s going insane or something terrifying is happening in the world.
Rayner, an ancient blood demon, lodges next door. He becomes obsessed with her. Never having felt pity or affection for a human before he believes he loves her, would die to protect her. The demon realm gathers for the final confrontation between us, Rayner warns. The apocalypse comes. You and your friends must prepare.
Cassandra flees that knowledge until an angelic being, Manasseh, appears. Your powers will grow. You must fight for humanity’s survival after the first wave is taken. Seek out others like you. Persuade them to join the battle. Only these can see and challenge the demons until the end when all eyes see them. She doesn’t want her life to change; doesn’t want to be a nomad who battles demons. Doesn’t want to be anyone’s protector. Until a tornado flattens Sarah’s house. Johnny’s apartment. There are monsters maiming and killing everywhere. Demons persecute her and those she loves, burn down her home and force her family and friends onto the road, as everywhere cataclysmic weather and signs of the end days make things hellish for humans. Cassandra and her friends can no longer deny their destinies. They must fight…or see the remnants of humanity engulfed in flames.***