Are sea monsters a real thing? What about fire-breathing dragons?
According to the Bible, there is a fire breathing sea creature who really existed: the leviathan. Amanda Tero brings this dragon to life in her newest short story, “Quest for Leviathan.” Join Anath and his crew of ninety-nine rowers as they face the waves of the Mediterranean Sea and the power of Leviathan.
About the Story
Leviathan took the life of his father. Anath has spent three years preparing for the voyage that will end the threat of Leviathan. Yet as the Valor launches into the depths of the Mediterranean, an inward quest also begins, taking Anath to depths he is not willing to face.
Amanda is giving away TWO print copies of “Quest for Leviathan” to one winner — one for you, and one for your friend!
I was actually reading through the book of Job, not even searching for a story, when the thought crossed my mind, “A boy whose father was killed by Leviathan. He is angry at L, and he is angry at God—yet just like Job needed to realize the power of God, so does he.”
What was your favourite scene to write?
Ooh, I definitely had a favorite scene, and that was when Anath actually faces Leviathan! I loved exploring Job 41 and then portraying Leviathan on the pages of my fictional story. Not to mention a sea-battle between man and monster! The confrontation between the two was definitely my favorite!
What kind of research did you do for this story, and how long did you spend researching before beginning to write?
Researching for this story was one of the hardest parts. There is very little material from such an early era, so I had to do a lot of guesswork. For example, the trireme probably wasn’t the exact vessel used that early on, but it was the best I could find. So, I did a bit of research on the trireme, the Mediterranean Sea and its storms, and, of course, the Leviathan (the latter I used Job 41 as my primarily resource). Since it was a short story, I researched as I wrote. It was probably 50/50 with the time it took to write the story and the time it took to research.
My sisters and I always toyed with writing things—from “secret mailbox letters” to silly poems about each other to skits. The most vivid memory I have of my writing actually meaning something was when I wrote my first complete story (I may have been ten?). My heart was completely wrapped around the misery of two orphans that I had conjured up. After completing that story, I knew that writing was going to be a part of my life and not just a fleeting interest.
Chocolate for sure! Sometimes music, depending on my mood—since I’m a musician, sometimes I need total silence in order to concentrate (because yes, I will stop to analyze the music I’m listening to if I’m not careful).
The main quote that the entire story wraps around is, “If we were to understand all of the ways of God and His workings, then we would be above mortal man, and God would not be God.” Not only do I want my readers to be reminded of the power of God, I also wish to remind them of Him as a personal Savior, and not just a big scary judge—because, while He is Judge, He also is loving and merciful.
About the Author
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age —reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
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*I recieved a complimentary copy of this story from the author in exchange for a review.
All thoughts are my own. I was not required to enjoy this book*