A few days a go I was asked a few questions. It wasn’t for an interview but merely a writer who is a Christian seeking answers to questions about some of my experiences in traditional publishing. I share them here because I feel, in fact I’m more than sure more than a handful of writers may have the same questions and more.
Faith is what motivated me perhaps the most on this journey. It’s only just begun.
Does your story have an explicitly Christian message?
Define explicit. Explicit to me means using the name(s) Jesus, Christ, Holy Spirit. Explicit to me means calling on the characters to make a choice to accept this version of our Saviour, Christ.
There is none of this in my book, however, me being a believer I can honestly say there is no place Christ is not. It is because of this belief that my answer is not that simple. But if by explicit you mean or come close to meaning the examples I noted, then no. In this world there is a Creator, Logos, which is the Greek “word”-some believe in this creator as the creator, others do not. Others are angry at him, others follow “blindly.”
The message of this series is greater love has none. Where I felt led, I used a bit of scripture-but I feel it moves the story along and whatever character uses said scripture or a variant, it fits.
There is not, according to the worldview, an explicitly Christian message. This is a great topic of discussion that pretty much every Christian author is a part of-or should be.
And does the agent say anywhere that she reps Christian stuff?
She does not say anywhere that she reps or does not rep “Christian stuff”. Nor does she say she doesn’t. I think and I’m almost certain that any agent would be willing to rep a great and fresh story, regardless. Now of course I understand the mainstream’s stand on this issue or this type of writing. It’s a basic, “No I can’t rep this type of material.”
So there s the conundrum. For me, I didn’t set out to not create a Christian book, but I also didn’t set out to create one. Again, Christ is everywhere. There is no place He can’t or won’t go. So, I allowed Him in and He showed up. I believe so.
He surely did and there are my answers.