Writing with a real-world view
I suppose that it is no secret to my friends and acquaintances that apart from being a writer, I am also a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ also. In fact, as far as priorities are concerned, I am a Christ follower first and a writer second. My faith in God and Jesus Christ is very important to me.
My writing hints at this—for example, there is a scene in Desperate Shadows where Laura Guffey sits down with Reverend Gerald Crane of the Brockton Grace Bible Church after Beverly Whittle, the wife of Officer Stanley Whittle, bursts into the church with the intention of shooting Laura Guffey. Reverend Crane explains to Laura the process of receiving salvation.
So, you can see from just that one example that I inject a footprint of spirituality into my novels. However, I refrain from forcefully shoving my faith down readers throats. That is the reason that these scenes are short, yet essential (in my belief). World-renowned author, Stephen King, is similarly known for doing this in his disbelief of “organized religion”—but as any Bible-believing individual will tell you, Christianity is not about religion, but of a relationship between mankind and a loving creator.
One of the things that makes it difficult to reveal my faith in my novels is due to the fact that I do not write books exclusively for the Christian community. I am a thriller/suspense novelist. So that means that a large portion of my readers do not share my theological beliefs. And the problem is how do I write in such a way that I can still leave this imprint without offending or turning away the non-Christian community.
I suppose that when I write, and when I decide to add some theology into the mix, I treat that information the same way I would reveal my other likes and dislikes—such as coffee, diners, or clocks, which I do quite often. There are billions of Christians around the world, just as there are just as many Muslims or Jews, or even Wiccans or Atheists. So the fact that Christians exist, and that we interact with them daily, cannot be denied.
That’s how I represent them in my books. I give readers a real-world view, instead of a limited one. Star Wars is perhaps the most famous science fiction franchise in the world. And in those movies, they have something called the force. It is not based on Christianity as a limited group have long suggested. However, Star Wars creator, George Lucas, revealed in an early interview that it is actually based on eastern religion. That’s just another example, although I’m pretty sure Mr. Lucas himself is not a believer of those faiths. But he injected real-world practices for the sake of authenticity.