October 24th, 2014 | By admin
by Katt Anderson
I’ve recently returned from a writer’s conference for Christian fiction writers. You may be wondering what the difference is between Christian writers and writers in general. Let me explain.
We Christian writers use cleaner language and God is the center of each novel. Some Christian writers will try to teach their denomination’s beliefs, but I’d rather you know I’m a Christian by the way I write. You won’t find any sex in our books, nor any scenes that will embarrass you to read. There’s no four-letter words that will frighten you. We’re writer’s of clean fiction.
This year my publishing company, Mantle Rock Publishing, will publish seven books of Christian fiction. These range from suspense to children’s books. The best part is I’m not ashamed of any of the authors, or anything written in the books. I’m proud of my authors and want to see them succeed.
Now the other books, not Christian fiction, will have things in them that will make your face turn crimson. Sometimes I think these authors want to see how much they can shock you. Their language is horrible and the things they write are unbelievable. If they think that is literature, I’m sorry for them. It isn’t for me.
Recently an author friend of mine said, “Now is the time to write Christian fiction.” I know she’s right. With several books under her belt, she knows what she’s talking about. We do need authors who are willing to write good Christian fiction. It doesn’t have to be preachy, in fact I don’t like preachy. It needs to be a wholesome book about wholesome people. No curse words and no extreme sex. Something you’ll be happy for someone to read.
When I”m in an airport or hospital waiting room, I like to see what people are reading. If I know the author personally, I’ll usually stop and tell them they are reading a good book by a wonderful person. I’m beginning to see more Christian fiction in public. I’d much rather read a Christian book in public than one of these smutty books I see in bookstores.
I really didn’t mean for this to be a plug for Christian fiction, but I wanted to encourage people to buy and read clean fiction. There are some good, well-written books on the market today. You can tell pretty well by looking at the cover. If the people on the cover are clothed, it’s usually a clean book. If their scantily dressed, or in a position that makes you blush, it’s definitely not Christian. You won’t find many Christian books at Walmart anymore, but other bookstores and Amazon carry them.
With the things that are happening in the world today, we need God back in our lives. So many people don’t believe in God and this is a way for us as Christians to let them know there is a God and everything is not right. We are the light for some people. They can relax and read a good Christian book.
This is the way I look at what I do. I want to glorify God in all that I do. That makes me want to glorify God in my writing and my reading.