Friday, July 24, 2015
What's wrong with "Christian" Fiction?
I feel the need to rant a bit today. Please forgive me in advance. But whenever I hear from another author that their publisher and/or agent has told them to "tone down" the spiritual/Christian content of their "Christian" novel, I want to puke. (Sorry for the visual) I heard no such demands when I first got published back in 2006, though I know a few publishers were requesting it. But now, it seems that everywhere I turn, this is the norm.
So, I guess I'm asking why call it "Christian" Fiction if Christ is not mentioned in the pages. Just call it Clean or Sweet, then people will know there isn't any sex or violence or foul language, but they won't take the risk of being offended by the name of Jesus. It is His name that offends so many, after all. Gee, I wonder why that is? Could it be that it is only by the name of Jesus that men can be saved from hell? Wonder who is trying to push that name into the background? Erase it from the pages of "Christian" books?
I'm not at all putting down Christian novels that are light on the spiritual side. Some authors are called to just write uplifting, clean stories from a Christian worldview. I get that. It's their ministry and they are good at it. What irks me is that those of us who want to write strong spiritual stories that mention Jesus, salvation, and other spiritual taboos like delivering demons and healings and miracles, well we are told to stifle it. It won't sell. I had one author tell me she was told to take out all the overt Christian content and resubmit the book. Huh?
Listen I know publishers are in the business to make money. But they are also in the business of publishing Christian books that tell the good news of the Gospel to a dying world. Which is more important? Which one do you think God will honor them for? Why not do the right thing and let God sort out the money. Didn't He promise to provide for those who follow Him with all their heart?
I'm also not buying the excuse that they hope to reach more lost people for Jesus by putting out books the unsaved would purchase and wouldn't be offended at. Really? I don't recall Jesus or his disciples toning down their message to reach more people? Besides how will people ever know the way to eternal life if someone doesn't tell them?
It's all about the money, pure and simple.. and conpromising with the world, being politically correct to make more sales. You know, I could sell more books if I wanted to. I could take out all my Jesus stuff from my books, add some sex scenes, and I could probably double or triple my sales. Don't think I haven't thought about it. LOL. Why? because I could use the money, and because there's no author in the world who wouldn't want to be on a best-seller list. But I answer to a higher power than the New York Times Best seller list (Not that I'd ever make that one. LOL) I answer to God.
And this world more than ever needs to hear about Jesus.
Many of you have been asking when the new and improved version of The Raven Saint will be available. I'm editing the old manuscript right now and will be getting a new cover made next month, so I expect to release it in September.
Also, in celebration of re-releasing my best-selling Charles Towne Belles series, I'm adding a forth book, Charity's Cross. For those of you who have read the series, you know that Charity is the 4th sister who was left behind in England with a horrible wretched husband. I've started the book now and expect it's release in either December or January.
I still plan on writing my Medieval story, but it has been moved to a late 2016 release. Sorry about that.. but Charity would not keep quiet in my head!
Have a great weekend!