Why I don’t want to write a “Christian Novel”.

I don’t wish to write a “Christian novel”.  I wish to write a novel where my own personal salvation shines through.  Where life is hard, dark and gritty but hope, faith and love overcome the darkness.  I wish to tell a tale where my salvation from my own sin is shown, where my undeserved rescue is mirrored in a fantastical way.  By using fantasy as my format, I hope to show the magic of the everyday.  By using vampires, I hope to show my own struggle with sin.  No matter how saved I am I cannot escape my own inner evil as long as I am here on earth and it will seep into other people’s lives, people I love.   I do not wish to write a “Christian” novel because I don’t often wear a badge on my sleeve stating my Christianity… I live in such a way that it is salt and light.  I wish my novel to be the same.  I do not avoid the truths of evil in man.  It is there and it is sick and it does destroy.  I also do not wish to bathe in that evil.   I must face the evil just as I must face the evil in myself but I do not need to soak my soul in it.  My goal is not to offend anyone but to be as realistic as an urban fantasy thriller can be.  I wish my reader to walk through the “Valley of the Shadow of Death” with me but to come out on the other side filled with hope, faith and love.  I wish them to see the world just a bit differently when they put down my tale.  I am a story teller.

15 thoughts on “Why I don’t want to write a “Christian Novel”.

  1. I ran across your post on Monster Hunter Nation(About Larry being on Huckabee). As a wannabe author myself(self kindle published) and a proud gun owner I felt it only proper to check out your blog. After reading a little I’ve subscribed!

    1. Why thank you!!! That pretty much makes my day. I feared for a long time that there were no conservative fantasy writers. My brother introduced me to Larry’s very fun books. I’m planning on reading all of them. It has helped me be braver in my own writing. I haven’t published yet, but as you can see my blog has a weekly series which lets you read one of my novel over time. Thanks for subscribing! Do you have a link for your work???

      1. I understand the whole “Am I the only conservative?”. If you’ve seen my blog; you can see that I review many Plays in the Hollywood/NOHO area. I write the reviews because it helps keep my writing sharp to analyze other stories. I don’t hide the fact that I’m a Libertarian or that I went to a Christian High School. I’m just afraid one day one of the Producers or Directors will put 2 and 2 together and get me black listed from the Press Passes I get as an amateur critic.

        I’m in the process of reformatting my e-book to make it more appealing to the eye, and available for print on demand. It’s still available on kindle in the mean time as anyone with the old format will be able to switch to the new one for free. I’ve learned many things through bumps and bruises in publishing my first book. I’m glad I got those bumps out of the way on my humor book and not the Supernatural Detective series I’m working on(I love Pulps, and Noir). I’m going to use all of those bruises to make sure my novel comes out far better.

        You can see my books fanpage here http://www.facebook.com/ThereIsNoUpdateForStupidity the pictures are quotes from possible future editions of my book. I could even give you a tip or two on how to generate fans for your FB fanpage. It’s a long hard road self promoting. If any of my tips can help make your road more smooth I’d be had to offer them.

        My book is available here and feel free to say it’s ghastly. I mostly wrote it for catharsis(I’m not nearly as rude in real life) and to learn about publishing. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008GD3BIQ

        P.s. It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance.

      2. I hav followed your blog and FB page. My FB fan page is http://www.facebook.com/WorldsBeforetheDoor
        I’d love any tips you have on finding new fans and getting them to interact.
        I work retail…so I totally understand needing a catharsis for all the stuff you deal with day in and day out. It’s just crazy.
        I’m a Conservative Christian with a strong sense of history…which can just make things even scarier when you know it’s been done before and the results the last time we tired something.
        I’m a huge Tolkien fan, but didn’t want to try and write another Lord of the Rings, thus I write urban fantasy. I tease my Hubby that in my next life I want to be an FBI agent…thus I write about serial killers. Ha! I’ve always wanted to threatened to kill rude people off in my next novel!
        Glad we were able to connect via Larry’s blog, I look forward to any thoughts you have on anything you read here and I’ll check out your book!
        Have a great weekend!

  2. Hello,

    I just found you and like love at first sight, I am smitten. I was looking through blogs about Chris Kyle and here you are. I love the amount of thought, your energy and your passion. I wish you the best of luck with everything.

    1. Hey! Thanks so much. You pretty much made my day….possibly my whole week though you have some stiff competition since my hubby is taking me to see Die Hard tomorrow and we sold our business so I am officially retired, but you scored up there pretty high. Thanks for check out my stuff. I’m pretty honored that you found me via Chris Kyle. He has been heavy on my thoughts and heart this week. After looking over some of your blog posts I find we both share a love of Metallica! It never fails that no matter what other music I fall in love with, when Metallica is on they’re the best. Hope all your endeavors succeed and thanks for the encouragement!

  3. I just wanted to personally thank you for following my blog. This is a brand-new part of life for me, so there’s little doubt that I’ll be making lots of mistakes as I learn; but I really want you to know how much I appreciate your support. I also plan to follow you, so – if for some reason I am not one of your followers, let me know.

    1. You’re one of my followers! You showed up yesterday! I’m still pretty knew at the whole blogging scene, but I have my personal blog and had two which I ran, wrote or managed for work so I’ve had to learn as quickly as I can! A schedule is important as well as long and short posts. All long posts make it intimidating for others to read and follow. The main thing is make sure you’re excited about it!!!

      1. I found that it really helped my numbers go up. As much as we might all wish we had time to read long posts, we often don’t. Doing short posts between the long ones gives you a chance to build a relationship with a wider group of people.

      1. Glad to hear of any interest in history. My education was strictly in science, but thanks to my father I always retained an interest in history – and look at me know – it’s all I do basically.

      2. Much of my extended family has served in the military on both my side and my husband’s. I hated all subjects except literature and history in school. I am now a writer. My stories tend to be more along the lines of crime fantasy, but at their heart they are warrior stories. When I realized this I began to study more military history books and found out I love them. If you want to study warriors you’re gonna need to read about war!

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