As I was considering the topic for this month’s Inspy Romance blog, my mind wandered to the title of the blog itself. What does it mean that I write Inspy romance? Inspirational? Christian? What defines my novels as compared to others on the market? What do readers expect when they pick up a book written by Deb Kastner?
After much thought, I would define my own books as unashamedly and transparently Christian, but that doesn’t mean I’m preaching sermons or loading my novel with Scripture texts. I am only speaking for myself here. I’ve read many lovely Christian novels that are more heavy handed than mine. It’s a personal choice. I don’t often tackle the subject of characters coming to Christ, though I’ve done it on occasion. Rather, I tend to explore my characters’ spiritual lives through their hearts as they meet and fall in love with their forever person. When the conflicts hit, what do my characters do? Do they turn to God or try to work out the problems on their own first? At what point do they realize they can’t make any relationship work, especially a romantic one, without the Lord at the center?
I would say on a scale of one to ten, my books usually land at a square six, sometimes a seven, on a spiritual level.
On a scale of one to ten, one being very little and ten being characters finding salvation, what level of spirituality do you most like to see in the novels you read?