For the writer who is penning inspirational historical romance:
Inspirational historical romance is meant to touch the heart of a reader and to remind them there is hope in our most challenging moments. As the Bible says, there is nothing new under the sun. Inspirational historicals are more than stories with dates and events. They are meant to take the reader back to a time and place where people went through things we go through today. We write it to entertain, yes. But our novels should also enhance what readers know historically.
Our books should be a safe haven from the secular novels that glorify the flesh and push lust rather than self-sacrificing love. Faith is an element, and a part of our characters lives, without preaching a sermon. Inspirational historical fiction allows the reader to 'see' the sermon, rather than 'hear' one.
They want the love between the hero and the heroine to be from the heart as they face adversity. In most secular historical romances lust is often the foundation of the characters’ relationships and the conquest of the hero to conquer the heroine. Readers of inspirational fiction want the absence of explicit sexual content and offensive language. Readers are looking for stories of hope.
Secular romances leave out the spiritual. They are written for readers who may not want a faith element in the books they read. That sums up the difference in a nutshell—the absence of the spiritual.
Tell us what you want.
What issues would you like to see Christian novelists address?
What is it that keeps you engaged and turning the pages?
Authors will listen.