Contemporary Romance Writer: What’s Your Inspiration?
Within the blurb is this phrase: “WYWH … is sure to be a pleasure to inspirational romance readers.”
Yes, it’s true: WYWH is categorized as an inspirational contemporary romance because, well, God is mentioned in my book — and not as a swear word. My characters don’t have it all together as far as faith is concerned. I wanted to portray a realistic view of people’s relationships with God and, from personal experience, I find we often walk around with misconceptions about God.
OK, I’ll speak for myself. I walked around with misconceptions about God. I probably still do.
So, yes, I am a contemporary romance writer. And, yes, part of my inspiration is my faith … and how it has affected me. And how I’ve seen others affected by faith or the lack of it, or the struggle to come to terms with God.
Here’s one of my fundamental beliefs: We all put our faith in something. Someone.
And writers — yes, even contemporary romance writers who aren’t labeled “inspirational” — are inspired by something they believe in. Or maybe something they’ve lost faith in. They wrestle with truth. And lies. Good and evil. Why and why not.
In Your Words: When considering a book, does the word “inspirational” pull you toward a book or away from it? Reader or writer, what inspires you?
* Apologies for the “No Image Available” icon for Wish You Were Here. The art department at Howard Books, the faith line for S&S, has created a wonderful cover for WYWH. You’ll see it soon!
I recommend: My friend, Camille Eide’s e-book, Savanna’s Gift, is available on Amazon for the amazing price of 99 cents! I’m reading this wonderful Christmas romance and savoring the story of second chances set during the Christmas season. Give yourself a gift this December and read Savanna’s Gift.0 I like this!