Alumna Celebrates Success of First Book

// By JACEY CRAWFORD ’22

“What if the nine fruits of the Spirit and the seven deadly sins were locked in a battle for control?” reads the description of Kingdom Above the Cloud, a new novel authored by AU alumna Maggie Platt ’07.

While attending AU, Platt juggled two majors: family science and psychology. Lately, Platt has been juggling two professional titles: AU’s director of residence life and “newly published author.”

“[Kingdom Above the Cloud] is an exploration of my faith in Jesus Christ,” said Platt. “I didn’t base my main character on myself, but she is questioning a lot of the same things I did as a teenager and young adult. Her encounters with good and evil shape the book.”

Platt classifies her novel as “Christian allegorical fantasy,” and compares it to the Chronicles of Narnia. She explained that the idea for her novel began forming after her graduation from AU, during her time as a youth ministry intern.

Platt  says that her novel originated from the questions, “What if the fruits of the Spirit and the deadly sins were put into character form? How would they interact? What would their battles be like?” 

For Platt, being a published author is nothing short of a dream come true. Since childhood, Platt has longed to be an author. As early as elementary school, she spent time filling spiral-bound notebooks with countless ideas for characters, plots, and chapters. She has kept writings from her earlier years and enjoys reading what her younger self had to say.

“It shows what a fifth-grader thinks and worries about,” said Platt, “and it’s not that different from what a 35-year-old thinks and worries about.”

Amid the success of her first published book, Platt is working on the second title in this series. She recently sent the manuscript to her publisher, and hopes that the novel will be released in the summer of 2021. Platt says she is convinced she has AU to thank for her contract.

In 2017, she attended the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference that was held in Reardon Auditorium. While there, she met an acquisitions editor who examined an early manuscript of Kingdom Above the Cloud and offered advice. Platt says that following that advice is what led her to her current publisher and contract.

“Beyond that, AU students continue to be my inspiration,” says Platt. “I have worked with so many amazing young adults, and they have changed my life forever. They read my books, give me encouragement, offer ideas and feedback, and so much more. I would not be where I am today without their help and support.”

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