It is one thing to know part of your story as you’re beginning to write it. You have an idea of what happens and why, but that’s about it. Okay, at least that’s how I write. You may be different, but for the moment pretend you’re not super organized and don’t have the minor details down just yet. Imagine not knowing what will happen next in your story, just a vague outline. Scary, right? Aren’t you glad you’re not me?
When I begin a book, I’m not always certain what type of audience I’m aiming for. Yes, I realize I’m supposed to know that before I start. I write backwards in some regards. It took me seven books one time to name the fictional country where the characters lived. Yes, seven books.
I learn as I craft the story about the future reader. I narrow down the genre as I write, and I’m able to write to that specific audience.
Normal romance novels tell of star-crossed lovers who want desperately to be together and can’t because of some problem. By the end of the book, the problem is solved and the two can be madly in love for the rest of their lives.
Christian Romance novels tell the same story, with a few differences. One or both of the characters is a Christian. Salvation is normally a theme. Problem is solved after much prayer. There is a wedding and a happily ever after.
I met a writer on a message board who felt that her love story didn’t qualify as a romance because it didn’t have any sex. I wanted badly to explain that good love stories could be crafted without this element, but I didn’t know the person, and they might have taken it the wrong way.
Let me address my Christian readers for a moment, well before the announce of my release date. Due to certain situations that arise within the confines of this story, I must warn you this book is not for younger readers. If it were a movie, I would give it a PG-13 rating.
Since I have written a Christian Romance, I know part of my audience will be a bit taken aback by some of the content. Adult themes are not something you usually have to worry about in a Christian book, but they are present.
There is still a message within my story, Christian readers. I promise. Read the book and judge for yourself.