Friday, October 5, 2012
Spiritual WarFare in Fiction. Oh my!
Fine for some crazy TV show, but what about Fiction? My new series, Escape to Paradise, will be one of my most adventurous supernatural series. Without giving away too much, the characters will be haunted by intense, disturbing visions from the past, there's an ancient cannibalistic temple, an old manuscript in Hebrew, and evil angels chained beneath the earth. Sounds great for Frank Peretti or Ted Dekker or even Stephen King, but what about for an historical romance? Yes Romance! How can you have people falling in love in the midst of such mayhem!!
Anyway, I'm wondering about your thoughts on the supernatural in books. How often do you come across it in a Christian book that isn't specifically labeled speculative like Dekker and Peretti? In other words, how often do you come across supernatural elements in a book where you didn't expect to find them? Say, in an historical romance?? And when and if you do, do you find them distracting, interesting, silly? Or do they add to the excitement of the story? No answer is right or wrong.. I'm seriously interested in hearing your opinions!
My experience with the spirit realm has always been a big part of my Christian walk, so reading (and writing) about it comes natural to me. But I tend to forget others' experiences (and perhaps even beliefs) can be different from mine. I guess my fear is people will pick up this series, expecting an historical romance (which it is!) but will get frustrated with the supernatural woven into the story.
What do you think?