Hi, Chris! You're one of the few Christian Fiction authors I've featured on Writing Belle, and I'm curious - how is writing Christian Fiction different than writing straight-up Fiction? What's the differences and similarities?
That is a hard question to answer, because for me the writing and the Christianity are part of who I am. So when I am writing the faith is just part and parcel of what comes out.
As for differences and similarities: Similarities there is always a message in the story, a change for the characters, choices that need to be made all the things that make a good story. I think were the difference comes in is instead of coming from a world view the stories come from a faith view. I don’t preach, but there is always a sense of God (or some counterpart) and what is right and wrong and the consequences of the choices the characters make. The characters like any young adult struggle with life, they haven’t reached sainthood. They are just like the young people that are reading the books.
I strive to show young people an alternate path for their lives and let them know that the world’s way is not the only way.
I’ll get off my soapbox now. I hope I have answered your questions.
How did you start writing?
I wrote a lot when I was a kid. In middle school I remember taking a creative writing class and submitting an patriotic essay for a contest. It didn’t win. In high school I wrote for the school newspaper and was part of a group of teens that had a column in a local newspaper.
After high school I took an unintentional hiatus from writing. I got married and started a family. After my husband finished his undergrad, I went back to school, but not for writing, and got my Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. I worked in the industry for a few short years until I got pregnant with my fourth child.
After she was born and I was no longer working outside the home, I took up writing again.
What inspires you? How many books have you published so far?
First and foremost God, second is my family and then life.
I have five published books. The Palace of the Twelve Pillars trilogy which includes: Palace of the Twelve Pillars: Book One, Palace of the Three Crosses: Book Two and Sanctuary of Nine Dragons: Book Three. An excerpt from Sanctuary of Nine Dragons entitled Aaron’s Revenge and a Bible study entitled Women of the Bible: A Study.
Where can people connect with you online?
If you could offer advice to aspiring authors, what would it be?
Don’t give up. If it is your passion then don’t let anyone tell you you can’t or to stop. Read, Write, Read some more and Write some more. And one that I can’t take credit for but totally applies: Butt In Chair, Hands on Keyboard. (or pen in hand.) (B.I.C.H.O.K)
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