Local author pens new children’s fantasy book

By Elizabeth Sias

“You’re 13 years old and you suddenly realize you can fly, pass through walls, lift the back end of a car and you’re being attacked by demons in your seventh grade hallway, and all you want to do is get through middle school.”

That’s how local author Kathryn Dahlstrom described her children’s fantasy book Children of Angels, the first book in the New Nephilim series for 9-to-14-year-old readers.

Kathryn Dahlstrom

The book, published by WinePress Publishing, is now in print and available at Cambridge Christian Books & Gifts, which is holding a book signing with the author this Saturday, March 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The fantasy series is based on the biblical mention of Nephilim in Genesis 6 and Numbers 13. When angels came to earth and took women as their wives, their children grew up to be Nephilim—“Heroes of old, men of renown.”

“What hit me is, what if the genetic material of the Nephilim resurfaced in a kid of today?” Dahlstrom said. “It just took off. Once I had that core idea, I knew very well this was a fresh idea.”

She has the entire series plotted out and has started to write the second book, with plans to write three or four—but Dahlstrom quickly added that she may expand the series.

“If this really happened in the world, what would these kids be put through?” she said. “If you are part angel and you can prove that you’re part angel, you suddenly prove that angels are real. If angels are real, heaven is real, and if heaven is real, God is real. Imagine the fight there would be in the world.”

Thirteen-year-old Jeremy fights dark spiritual forces in all-out warfare using heaven-wrought weaponry, but Dahlstrom isn’t worried about fictionalizing a biblical reference.

“Today’s Christian parents know good make-believe when they see it,” she said. “The fundamental truth in the story is that God is real.”

Her goal is to sell as many books as possible and continue the series—with the hope of eventually turning it into a movie.

“Children live and breathe imagination. When a person is young, that’s when their imagination is the most powerful. It’s fun for kids,” Dahlstrom said. “Emotionally, I wanted to give them a story that would speak to the insecurities they’re facing as kids. Any kid that feels ostracized will relate to my main character.”

For more information on the author, visit www.kathryndahlstrom.com. To purchase a copy of the book visit www.amazon.com, www.winepressbooks.com, call 877-421-7323, or visit Cambridge Christian Books & Gifts.

About Kathryn Dahlstrom

Kathryn Dahlstrom has been writing books for 20 years. In addition to Children of Angels, she’s written six titles in the Good News Club children’s fiction series published by Child Evangelism Fellowship Press. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocal Music Education, and a certificate in Elementary Education. She and her husband Tim live just outside of Cambridge and have a daughter, Kristina.