Write! Write! Write! If you feel God has placed a story on your heart, go ahead and start writing.
As a Christian fiction author, I write to educate, inspire and empower my readers. I hope to:
1. Encourage readers to apply godly principles to their relationships.
2. Show the striking difference between walking in the Spirit and walking in the flesh
with regards to relationships.
3. Testify of God’s goodness and faithfulness through fascinating characters.
4. Spread God’s Word and promote Christian values.
5. Show the nature of God.
Hopefully, I will also encourage readers, not to put God in a box. Sometimes, God takes us out of our comfort zone to stretch us and show us that we can accomplish far more than we think.
What is Christian Fiction?
I had to settle this question in my heart before I started my writing journey.
I believe the aim of a Christian Fiction is to nudge (lead/encourage) the reader towards having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ or encourage the reader to continue his/her faith walk. To that end, Christian Fiction books are faith-based, depicting real-life events, and showing at least one character walking out his/her faith. That is, applying biblical principles to the situation that he/she is facing.
While Christian Fiction can be used to minister to readers, they should also be entertaining. Laced with faith, friendships, and a sense of community, Christian Fiction books should weave characters with “complex” situations that will stir emotions on many levels. Christian Fiction books are usually written under several themes, such as love, forgiveness, restoration, and new beginnings, while illustrating God’s desire to free people from life-altering events that haunt them.
There are numerous views on love/intimate scenes in Christian Fiction:
1. No descriptions
2. No full-fledged descriptions but more of a window into a couple's activities
3. Explicit descriptions.
For singles, I like to show that they are attracted to each other. For married couples, while I don’t do explicit descriptions, I believe it helpful to portray sexuality as normal, scriptural, healthy, and pleasurable. At the same time, we know that some people do have sexual relationships outside of marriage.
With respect to intimate/love scenes, they should not be thrown in for excitement, but should be a natural part of the story. Note that a book can still be engaging without a love scene.
As with all things, including your writing, I would encourage authors to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
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Ann Marie Bryan
CEO & Founder, Victorious By Design
Author, Encounters of the Heart series