With Valentine’s day this month, romance is on everyone’s mind. But not everyone thinks realistic romance belongs in a book.
Romance novels in general have had more than their share of haters. Anyone can write a romance novel. It’s drivel. It’s not real literature. And Christian romances, in particular, have been speared by those who believe all romance novels are trash, and that reading about someone else’s happily ever after will somehow make the reader’s life and love less palatable.
I don’t believe any of this, of course. The authors on this blog write wonderful, realistic books with excellent role models as they address sometimes serious issues. And sometimes the books are meant to make you smile.
But most Christian romances dig much deeper than just boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love and get married. In Christian romance, you’ll find themes ranging from overcoming temptation to learning to forgive and everything in between.
Something I’ve noticed recently as I’ve read through many authors’ full lists, is that there often appears to be an over-arcing theme than runs through most of their books. It may not be a conscious decision, but I suspect if you asked them, you’d find that theme plays an important role in their lives.
Which, of course, made me think about my own novels. Many of my most recent books involve cowboys suddenly becoming fathers by some event or another. Talk about a life-changer! His world is no longer his own. His decisions now revolve around how best to love and protect his little one (or ones, in the case of twins or triplets.)
In short, my theme appears to be that Life Can Change in a Moment. (Which is also a line in one of my favorite songs by The Texas Tenors, but I promise I came up with it first.) In my real life, especially over the past few years, that theme definitely sums it up. Every time I think I’m starting to regain my balance, life pulls a bait and switch, or even worse, just yanks the rug right out from under me. It’s no surprise that it influences my writing. How could it not?
Even as readers, I think the Lord has something specific to teach us, something that makes our lives special and different from everyone else’s. I would love to hear about the major themes of your life and how it affects your day-to-day work and home life. I know—too much deep thinking, right? It took me several extra cups of coffee just to write this blog post.
For the extra effort on your part, I’ll offer an eBook of The Cowboy’s Baby Blessing to one commenter.
Deb Kastner’s next Harlequin Love Inspired is And Cowboy Makes Three, available for preorder here. Also available soon: Book Two: Running Wilde in her indie published series Weddings by Wilde.