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Andrew Peterson (Christian Author) Books In Order

Publication Order of Wingfeather Saga Books

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
North! Or Be Eaten (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Monster in the Hollows (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Warden and the Wolf King (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Ballad of Matthew's Begats: An Unlikely Royal Family Tree (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Andrew Peterson is an American author and musician who writes stories and produces music with Christian themes.

+Biography

Born in 1974 in Monticello, Illinois, before Andrew Peterson wrote novels, he was a musician. Peterson’s foray into the music industry began in 1996.

The author already had a wife at the time. And an opportunity arose for the two of them and a guitarist called Gabe Scott to tour the country. Peterson had no album to his name at that point in time and he was yet to secure a recording contract.

But the gigs he played across America attracted the attention of Derek Webb, the vocalist and lead guitarist of a band called Caedmon’s Call. Derek was amazed by the lyrics of Peterson’s songs and invited him to open for Caedmon’s Call at an upcoming show.

By 1998, Peterson and his wife were touring with the band. And it wasn’t long after that Essential Records made the author’s dreams come true by offering him a record deal. ‘Carried Along’, Peterson’s first full-length album hit the stores in 2000 and set him on the path to success within the gospel music arena.

Andrew Peterson has worked with a litany of recording artists and studios over the years, producing songs that speak about his family, faith, and struggles. Peterson aims to inspire and encourage his listeners to persevere through the hard times.

Writing came into the picture in 2007 when the author published ‘The Ballad of Mathew’s Begats’. The children’s book was inspired by one of the author’s songs and it elicited enough interests amongst fans that Peterson proceeded to write more children’s books set in the fantasy genre.

Andrew Peterson’s father was a pastor. Most of his childhood was spent on a farm in rural Illinois. Peterson was seven when the family moved to Florida, eventually settling in Lake Butler.

Peterson, who has a wife and three children, attended Florida Christian College.

+Literary Career

Andrew Peterson is a storyteller first and foremost. Even his music is a tool through which he can tell the stories that wander through his imagination. As a child, Peterson had an affinity for adventure.

First, he got immersed in Franchises like G.I. Joe. Then he began to read novels like the Hardy Boys. As his tastes evolved, the author was introduced to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

That was in the 1980s and it was during this period that Peterson began to dream of a career in writing. His reading habits were broad, and Peterson was happy to read books in any genre so long as they told great stories.

But it was fantasy that the author ultimately sought to write. The genre has a whimsy that has always excited Peterson. And after years spent walking through the fantasy/sci-fi section of his local bookstore and imagining the thrill of producing his own fantasy novels, Peterson finally decided to follow his dreams and actually produce a children’s book in the mid-2000s.

‘The Ballad of Mathew’s Begats’ had its charms but Peterson knew he was capable of so much more. He knew he wouldn’t be satisfied until he wrote a sweeping adventure. And that was how ‘The Wingfeather Saga’ was finally born.

Andrew Peterson’s books are designed to deliver good, clean adventures. His characters are a blend of strengths and weaknesses. They fail as many times as they succeed as they strive to discover the hero hidden within each one of them.

As an amateur writer, Peterson initially strived to create outlines to guide his writing process. But as he refined his writing abilities, the author found it more effective to simply write from his head.

Peterson does create outlines for his books but they are typically quite basic, designed to provide a general sense of the direction the story will take. But he will happily abandon the outline if his characters choose to take more interesting turns.

According to Peterson, his music career has been a great blessing for his writing career. The two aspects of his creativity seem to feed off and into one another. Peterson has seen his songwriting abilities improve as a result of the novels he writes.

Equally, the music the author produces has worked to refine his creativity as a novelist. Ideas that were first sparked by potential lyrics have been known to find new life in Peterson’s novels.

Equally, scenes in the author’s novels have inspired him to experiment with his music. Peterson admits that balancing the two aspects of his life isn’t always easy. There are times when he’s writing music but all he wants to do is to write his novels.

There are also times when his efforts to produce a new novel are frustrated because he has an unquenchable desire to work on his music. Peterson works hard to find a balance between the two.

He takes things one day at a time. The fact that he thrives under pressure works in his favor because he is able to fly by the seat of his pants when the deadlines begin to squeeze.

Andrew Peterson succeeded in creating and running a Kickstarter campaign to obtain the funds necessary to produce an animated series of the Wingfeather Saga.

+On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

Janner Igiby, his brother Tink, and their crippled sister Leeli lived in a cottage on the Dark Sea of Darkness. They lived just above the cliffs with their dog Nugget. And as tends to be the case, Janner, Tink, and Leeli were gifted children, their talents the result of a noble mother and an ex-pirate of a grandfather.

Janner’s life and that of his siblings is upended when the venomous Fangs of Dang cross the dark sea. They intend to rule the land and the Igibys are the only thing standing between them and victory.

The Igibys hold the secret to the legend of good King Wingfeather, and for that, their enemies relentlessly pursue them.

+North or Be Eaten

Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby are the lost Jewels of Anniera. Once upon a time, they thought they were ordinary children. Now they know they are heirs to a legendary kingdom across the sea.

And that legacy makes them a target for a lot of people who seem intent on killing them. The Igiby children must seek sanctuary in the Ice Prairies. Only there will they be safe from the Fangs of Dang.

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