It’s (probably) not the case, but it seems like ALL of Christian fiction involves Amish people. If you go to your local bookstore and go to the Christian Fiction section, you’ll see that 90% of the books have a girl with a bonnet on them. I haven’t read any of them, but I can imagine that most of them deal with a girl meeting a handsome stranger and deciding whether or not she will leave her people behind or stay with him.
Regardless of the trite plots, there’s certainly more to being a Christian than being Amish.
Of course, now we get into the classic debate of what is “Christian Fiction?” Is it fiction written by Christian authors, or is it only fiction where its plot is mainly composed of Christian elements. To me, the answer is that it’s both. Naturally, a Christian author will probably always include Christian themes in his novels, but not necessarily in an obvious way. That is, you don’t have to quote the Bible in every page to show love, sacrifice and giving.
And that’s the thing. While we’re Christians, we’re also human beings. We love, we hurt and we fail, just like everyone else.
I’m working on a novel that, although it’s about missionaries and the church culture, it also is about young love, loss and pain. My goal is to finish it in the next three months and then hopefully get it published. I believe that there is a market for teen and young adults and that my novel (with God’s help of course) if marketed correctly, can be a bestseller.
There is an audience out there that is desperate for Christian authors to throw away the bonnets.
I hear you.