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Why Do I Write Christian Fiction?

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I saw a blog post titled, “Christian Fiction: What’s the Point?”

And, it got me thinking.  Why do I write it?

When I started writing, I had no direction – no clear intent as to *why* I was writing in the first place.  It basically boiled down to: I had a story in my head and I wanted to get it out. When I finished that story, I was a little surprised that I had another story in my head and I wanted to get it out, too. Once I finished that second book, the ideas just kept coming.  I can barely keep up with the book ideas – they overwhelm me sometimes.

In my writing testimony, I talk about how we cleaned out our entertainment and how I no longer read the kind of books I used to write. I cleaned up, or “redeemed” my books, for the Christian market.  But I could very easily have simply cleaned them up – made them PG-13, taken out the sex and most of the greed and just written clean romances.

So, why Christian fiction?  Why do I add a spiritual arc to my stories? Why is the faith of each one of my characters so important to me? Why do I write about Christians in real situations, about pain and forgiveness, about decisions – made in faith or not? Why am I choosing to be labeled a “Christian” author?

For me, it comes down to this:

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

I want my writing to glorify God. That is my intent, my mission, my ministry. And, in the end, what I’m doing is ministering to readers.  I have so many reviews and emails like this one:

Just finished The Jewel Trilogy and am so emotionally moved I almost feel drained. I have never read such great Christian romance ever, and I have been reading for years, through hundreds and hundreds of books. All of these books were just as great as the one before, which is rare. So many times I have read a great book by an author, only to be extremely disappointed by the next book. Not this author. I cannot believe these are her first published novels. I loved the way she carried the characters all the way through the trilogy–not just giving them mention, but actually including them in the story. This is the first time I have ever seen a series follow almost 20 years in the lives of all characters and it was so refreshing. Most books just seem to end abruptly. All characters were believable and none were perfect Christians. I liked the way she had so much dialogue and interaction between hero and heroine in each story. Tony and Derrick so represented the love of Christ and had such a heart after God that I immediately loved them. Barry had his struggles but still was a strong Christian influence. I greatly appreciated the backgrounds of each individual and how God moved in their lives. I could go on and on but will just say BUY THIS BOOK!!!! You will not be sorry. Don’t know how anyone could not love each and every story. Happy reading and may God bless!

It is as important to me to write of the spiritual side of my books as it is to write the romance or the suspense. I think the word “Christian” before the word romance or the word suspense is the most important factor of what I’m writing. My prayer as I finish a book and publish it is not that it will entertain, but that it will bless a reader in some way. I pray that what I write will enlighten, encourage, uplift, or strengthen. I love that God is using me, and I will continue to write as long as He determines that I should.

I write Christian fiction to serve God.

As I went into writing Valerie’s Verdict and the rest of the books in the Dixon Brothers Series, my prayer and desire has been to pull the same kind of emotional and spiritual reaction from readers that the Jewel Series has for the last seven years. As feedback from beta readers has started coming in, I’m feeling very confident that I’ve accomplished that goal. I cannot wait until the October 22nd release of Valerie’s Verdict! You can preorder your ebook today from Amazon at this link!

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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 7/8 – How Emotional Is Writing for You?

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Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat! Today I’m answering the question: How emotional is writing for you?

I appreciate the question and hope you learn more about me as a writer through my answer!

The books mentioned in the video are:

Sapphire Ice

A Melody for James

Temperance’s Trial

A Carol for Kent

A Harmony for Steve


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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 4/22/19 – With What Character Do You Most Identify?

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Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

Today I’m answering the question, “Is there any character who resonates with you in your writing?”

I love questions like this! I hope you learn more about me through my response:


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Did You Get An Ereader for Christmas?

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ebook-reader-wrappedMerry Christmas! The first books of all of my series are free in ebook form. Just click the “read more” on each description below, and it will take you to that book’s page and you can choose your vendor. It doesn’t matter if you have a Kindle, Nook, Android, iPad — you can find these books at every retailer.

Enjoy your new ebook reader and enjoy these free reads from me!

SONG OF SUSPENSE SERIES


cover-front_9781939603074_640A Melody for James

Melody and James lead separate lives of discord until an unexpected meeting brings them to a sinister realization. Unbeknownst to them, dark forces have directed their lives from the shadows, orchestrating movements that keep them in disharmony. Fire, loss, and bloodshed can’t shake their faith in God to see them through as they face a percussive climax that will leave lives forever changed. (read more…)


THE JEWEL SERIES


Sapphire Ice:
The men in Robin’s life have never been anything but pushers and users. Tony’s intrusion into her exhausted world both infuriates her and intrigues her. Does Tony have a chance to break through the wall of ice Robin built around her heart? (read more …)


Christmas Diamond:

Inspired by the Jewel Series and Virtues and Valor series
Written and published as a Christmas gift to Hallee’s readers and fans, this book is a novella that picks up where the Jewels ends. Christmas is a time of miracles. Faith Green and TJ Viscolli share the common bond of a love of history and romance blossoms. But an accident during the Christmas Eve air show threatens their hope of a life spent together. Will God provide a Christmas miracle, or will the future look cold and dark like a winter night? (Read more…)

 


VIRTUES AND VALOR SERIES


temperancePart 1 TEMPERANCE’S TRIAL:

MARIE GILBERT, code-named is recruited into an experimental all female cohort dubbed the Virtues, a collection of seven extraordinary women with highly specialized skills. Back in her home country of France, Marie clandestinely communicates vital intelligence directly back to Headquarters with a wireless radio, playing a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the Nazis. (Read more…)

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Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day 8!

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Welcome to day 8 of my Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway!

It’s time to give away some books!

Alexa Verde is giving away an autographed paperback of Season of Miracles:

Hannah Conway is giving away an autographed copy of Christmas on a Mission:

Author Teresa Pollard is giving away autographed copies of these books:

Amanda Tru is giving away autographed paperbacks of her Christmas Card series:

And I am giving away signed paperbacks of all four of the Jewel Series Second Generation books:

Here’s how you can enter to win:
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This giveaway is open to everyone everywhere. The giveaway for all 12 days will end on December 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm est. As the 12 days progress, these links will be live:

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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 11/19/18 – Be The 10%

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Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

I really appreciate all of the questions that I get from my readers. Today I’m answering the question, “How did you know when your writing was up-to-par?”

I hope you learn more about me through my response:

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