G’day fellow contemporary romance readers!
It’s rather exciting for me to be sharing with you here today, after years of reading this wonderful blog. A quick introduction: I’m Carolyn Miller, an Australian author of historical and contemporary Christian fiction. I’ve worked as a high school English teacher, my husband and I pastored a church for ten years, I have four teenagers (pray for me!), one husband, one dog, chickens and guinea pigs, and we live in a small town about halfway between Sydney and Canberra in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, where we very occasionally get a few centimetres of snow in winter. (And FYI: yes, I do sometimes say g’day and will unashamedly trade on my Aussie-ness, and sometimes mix my US / Aussie spelling because it gets hard sometimes… But enough of that)
I’ve always loved reading, and I’ve long enjoyed Christian contemporary authors such as Becky Wade, Kara Isaac, Susan May Warren, and newer-to-me authors like Angela Ruth Strong and Toni Shiloh, and it’s been wonderful to recently refocus on writing in this genre. My writing journey began over ten years ago (more about that next time) with a number of contemporary stories, and after trying my hand at several genres (including romantic suspense) I found doors open to see my Regency-era novels published in the US. It’s funny to now have people say “Oh, you’re writing contemporary” when this is where I started all those years ago. But regardless of the genre, I love to write romance, and I love reading stories that offer hope, that deal with matters of the heart, that offer all the “feels” and swoon worthy moments.
But it’s more than that, too. I love romance stories that weave God inspiration into fiction, that offer truth via a story, that give us a glimpse of the radiant love that IS God, that demonstrate His goodness and patience and kindness and mercy. I love reading (and writing) books that show this element of God as He works through people’s lives, and I’m always deeply touched when a reader says something in one of my books really resonated with or challenged them. It amazes me that God might use my words of fiction to speak to someone’s heart!
But that’s part of the joy of reading, isn’t it? The way words can shape our emotions and thoughts and make us ponder things we might otherwise ignore. Yes, I love reading kissing books, but I also love the character development and sense that this couple who have gone through trials will see their relationship last beyond the words “The End” as the book is closed.
Romance offers hope, engages our emotions, and assures us that there really is a happily-ever-after – especially as we trust God.
So enough about me. How about you? Why do you read romance? Who are some of your favourite Christian contemporary authors? Care to share why? Let’s talk!