We interrupt our regular WiP Wednesday post for something that has been bothering me of late.
All right, here's the deal.
I'm very devout in my religion, very firm in my faith. I have my own personal beliefs on angels. I know a lot of people have very very specific views on angels.
That doesn't mean you have to conform to that in your writing, if you choose to write about angels. A couple of years ago, I had the idea in my head to write something paranormal. I started researching all the different paranormal elements that I knew of. I narrowed it down to three, based off of what I read.
There was one idea on angels that I read that just stuck with me. It steamrolled and steamrolled until I had the basis for all my mythology of the book. There's a rich mythology that I've developed for this.
And it has come under attack a couple of times. Simply because it's not the standard view of angels. Yes, I pulled a very obscure description of angels on which to base my mythology. Yes, this view is not the same view I have on angels.
But you know something? I don't care. Does it mean that I might not sell this book? Probably. But I would rather be different than conform because two people screamed and shouted at me over my supposed lack of research. Because you don't know how much or how little research someone has done.