I’ve always wanted to write a historical fiction book on Christianity in Scandinavia. Pride of place goes to Lars Walker. I cannot imitate his ability. I do think he has captured a fundamental idea that most bourgeois Christians gloss over: pagan gods are actually demons and demons exist. I do think that this is one area where new ideas are actually possible. I had wanted to write a biography on Olaf II Haraldsson, since nothing exists on him exact historians’ sneering (and undocumented) slams. I still plan to do that, but while there is good scholarship on this aspect of Norway, it’s out of my price-range for the moment.
Viking fiction remains one of those anomalies in Western culture. It is a beautiful setting, a heroic people, and a glorious legacy. Yet few fictional works, whether in film or in print, are actually any good. To make it worse, the best Viking “re-telling” is the video game Skyrim!
But I don’t have the ability to write 500 pages of narrative at the moment. And then I realized, “I don’t have to.” This one Christian guy wrote a 90 page narrative and it was endorsed by Gene Veith. Start small, I suppose.