Of course Narnia is recognised as poorly veiled Christian theology. However, it was many years before I became aware of this and by then, I loved the stories sufficiently to forgive this indiscretion.
Pog isn’t the same. Yes, it has a spiritual underpinning, but rather than offering answers, Pog is intended to promote questions.
My intention were:
(a) to write a really good story with a young boy as the protagonist. So shoot me, I have seven grandsons, I wanted each and every one of them to imagine the story was written about them.
(b) To write something that could, (if a parent/ guardian/ care giver/ teacher, wanted to,) be used to discuss spiritual ideas. Is it really a surprise that the amour is faith? I don’t believe this is a concept tied to a specific religion, but should work for any.
To make up for having a boy protagonist, I did create Jazz. This crazy little girl turned into my favourite female character. She really wasn’t meant to play such a big part. Brad was the captain, Sal the juggler/ thrower of things and Jazz would be there to run as needed. How hard can that be?
But once she was on the page, she got cheeky. Being closest in age to Pog, she got him into trouble. From the point where she crashed out of her parent’s house she demanded more attention. So, I think I ended up with a sufficiently strong female in the tale to balance it out nicely.
Over the next few weeks I hope to reveal some of the things readers might not have spotted.