I’ve enjoyed reading Karen’s posts and how she explains her writing journey and the expression of Christianity, of allegory, within her stories. Ultimately, we each must write the story God gives us and hope that the deep message dwelling inside of us will find it’s way into the pages of our novels.
At last year’s ACFW conference, I learned during my meeting with editors and agents (and I was pitching a fantasy then, too) that Christianeze is to be avoided at all cost. The reason—so the message can also be delivered to the lost. Interesting that none of the other genres within the CBA have this stipulation. Nevertheless, this year I heard (but don’t necessarily agree with) that the truth in fantasy is intrinsic and will not be denied. Fantasy can be written by either Christian or atheist because the message is always the same. Good overcomes evil.
Still there are those authors that don’t have to “hide” their beliefs. As I mentioned in last week’s post, Stephen Lawhead is one such author. Christianity pervades his books and he is popular in the secular market.
I invite you to hop over to Favorite Pastimes today and tomorrow to read my interview with this famed author. In addition to the release of his newest book, Hood, Westbow is re-releasing the Song of Albion trilogy