Many of you have been blessed by the music and story-telling ability of Andrew Peterson. I had heard of his music and was introduced to his series, The Wingfeather Saga, by his publicist, Janet Bozeman. You can read a review of all four books by clicking on this link.
You can read more about The Wingfeather Saga at the website.
Christian Book Notes (CBN): Could you please share your testimony of how the Lord saved you from your sin?
Andrew Peterson (AP): I wrote a song a few years back called “The Good Confession.” Here’s the lyric: I was a boy, just nine years old. I heard the Call and came. And they buried me beneath the water, then I rose again. Well, you know my dad was a preacher man. I walked the aisle and I took his hand. He said, “Son, just do the best you can and say the words: I believe He is the Christ, Son of the living God.”
Later, in the bridge, it says, All I know is that I was blind, but now I see that though I kick and scream, love is leading me. And every step of the way His grace is making me. With every breath I breathe, He is saving me. And I believe.
If I tried to tell the whole story, it would be a book. But that lyric sums it up pretty well. I was nine, I was broken, and I knew that only Jesus could fix me.
CBN: My son Austin, 9, would like to know if you are coming out with a 5th book in the Wingfeather Saga series.
AP: First of all, thanks for reading the book, Austin! So glad you did. And no, I’m not writing another Wingfeather book. My hope is that the epilogue and the picture on the last page will kick around in Austin’s heart for many years, kind of like another story I know in which the ending has only been hinted at, and we’re all waiting for something wonderful to happen.
CBN: My son Isaac, 8, would like to know what was your inspiration for writing the Wingfeather Saga.
AP: Hello, Isaac. I wrote these books because when I was your age I LOVED good stories. When I go to the book store now it’s hard to find the kind of stories I really want—there are some with super cool pictures on the covers, but many of the stories just aren’t very good. They’re missing a certain flavor that I crave—kind of like eating a bowl of soup that doesn’t have any salt. It just tastes like, well, nothing. Blah.
But there are some books that taste just right—like the Narnia books and The Lord of the Rings. And The Yearling and The Rise and Fall of Mt. Majestic and 100 Cupboards. I wanted to try and cook up the kind of story I would have wanted to read when I was your age.
CBN: Given the relative newness of your series, what goes through your mind when the Wingfeather Saga is compared to that of Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and even Pilgrim’s Progress?
AP: I’m sitting here trying to think of the best way to honestly answer that question. Part of the answer comes by way of the great Wendell Berry, “If anyone praises your work, doubt their judgment.” That said, I’m not ungrateful to be mentioned in the same sentence with those giants. It’s fun, even though I know I’m only a little halfling by comparison. I would truly love it if the books are still being read fifty years from now, and if there’s some element in the Wingfeather Saga that stirs your waters the way those other books have, then all the better. But thinking about that stuff too much is like walking into a minefield.
CBN: Recently, World Magazine voted “The Warden and the Wolf King” as their Children’s Book of the Year for 2014. What was your reaction?
AP: When I got the news, my first thought was, “Whoa! What a huge honor.” Second thought: “I hope that means more people will read the books.” The award is a great encouragement, but I mainly just want kids (and grownups) to get caught up in the Wingfeather story, to see it to the end, and to perhaps be moved by it. Many thanks to those, like World Magazine, and you, who have helped spread the word. Thanks!
CBN: You are a magnificent story teller in both song writing and fiction. Can we expect another book in the future?
AP: Yes! I’m already thinking about the next few books. And albums.
CBN: What author’s have most inspired you? What musicians?
AP: Well, Lewis and Tolkien for sure. Also Walter Wangerin, Jr., Annie Dillard, Wendell Berry, Chesterton, MacDonald, Merton, Rawlings, DiCamillo.
As for music, Rich Mullins, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Marc Cohn.
CBN: Do you ever see The Wingfeather Saga being filmed as a major motion picture?
AP: Yeah, it’s hard not to imagine the story on the screen. If the right producer came along I’d be sorely tempted to go for it.
CBN: How can we pray for you?
AP: Pray for my family. For Jamie and the kids and I to stay close even though my job and our busy lives pull at us from several directions.