Some readers have commented about the Christian “undertones” in True Surrender. (They are there in Last Chance Rescue as well, but less obvious, couched in a “higher power” terminology and especially strong in what I call the “healing hands” scenes.)
First, I should clarify that I don’t write Christian/Inspirational fiction. For one thing, I don’t feel qualified to do so. I’m still a learning Christian myself. I can’t spout scripture, and I have a hard time sharing the gospel. Second, I don’t want to “preach to the choir,” reaching only readers interested in Christian/Inspirational fiction.
So why did I choose to include these “light inspirational aspects” in my novels?
First, I’m a Christian myself. Jesus Christ is my personal savior. If not for him, my marriage would have fallen apart long ago, and my beautiful daughter would not even exist. I enjoy incorporating a bit of that into my writing.
Second, I want to reach people where they are. I want them to read the book for more reasons than JUST the fact that it’s “Christian/Inspirational” – read the book for the romance, or for the wounded veteran angle. I don’t want to hit them over the head with God-speak; I want to give them a sense that God could fit into their imperfect life. (I also don’t want to be bound to the ‘rules’ governing “Inspirational Fiction.” After all, there is (gasp) “light sexual aspects” in my books!)
Who knows? Perhaps the fictional portrayal of a character who experiences the power of Christ will encourage a reader to look into this “God thing” for themselves…