I am Joshua David Ling, and I am a storyteller. I’ve been telling stories ever since I was a wee tot in diapers. Mom and Dad couldn’t stop me, no matter how hard they tried. Of course, it didn’t help that I had a steady diet of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and other anachronistic tales that instilled in me a sense of wonder, longing, and chivalry.
Though I’m over 30 years old, I still can’t help but feel the tingle in my fingers every time I pick up a book. But now, I mostly read them to my children and wife as a way of discipling them and leading them to love the beauty and universal truths found within the pages of enrapturing fiction.
In my own stories, I seek to combine elements and characters that continue to show those universal truths for the inherent beauty they already possess, and to primarily glorify the creator of the greatest tale ever told. (Hint: It’s the one you’re living now.)
I would describe the tone of my stories as Joss Whedon meets Hans Christian Andersen. The modern snark of a Marvel Movie meeting the raw passion and simplicity of a Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tale. That balance admittedly seems jarring, even to myself at times. But I sincerely believe that as you experience them, the strength of the narrative will draw you in and leave you thirsty for more.
Almost all of my stories are written in poetry and meter like the epic poems of old. However, I blend in elements of Broadway and Hip-Hop for a modern audience. I strive to deliver my stories in as many mediums as possible so people of all kinds can enjoy them, and relate to the Truth as I’ve known it and loved it all my life.
In a world of shouting matches, despised-
In a world saturated with voices and lies,
I sought with groping hysteria-
An outlet not blocked by my dyslexia.
A rich and creamy format of comfort food
That’d stick in your brain like super glue.
I want to write novels and prose, yes I do.
But this poetry is the gift God gave me.
And as I took the mold given to me-
I analyzed its great complexity-
And the seed that it planted that grew so free-
Of Beauty and Honor so true…
In this world of shouting matches, despised-
In this world saturated with voices and lies,
I sought to break free of dyslexia-
And found a world more beautiful than wisteria.
I wrote the following poem that accurately depicts both my faith and my testimony.
The adventure God has given us in this world is waiting for us in nature, Church, and even in the lap of a loving father as he cracks open the pages of a beloved family novel. Join with me as I strive to provide and engage with you and others all over the world to plumb the depths of the imagination God’s given us. A wise person once said: “If you want them to know the truth, tell it to them. If you want them to love the truth, tell them a story.”
Ian Thomas Wilson
Ian Thomas Wilson is the artist behind the line-art in our drawings.
I also work very closely on the website and ad campaigns with Benjamin Curlee, Samuel Roys, and Adrian Rink of Yonderchild Media.