When did you first start reading Christian fiction?
What kept you reading?
Here is my story… I was a very rebellious kid in highschool. A Christian friend of my mom’s loaned her some novels by Janette Oke. I was a big reader. I usually read stuff like Stephen King, but I loved those Jeanette Oke books. I read them over and over.
When I was 17 and pregnant out of wedlock, I gave my heart to the Lord. A few years later, when I was first married, I remember going to a Christian bookstore and glancing at their fiction section. We didn’t have much money, and I only had enough for one novel. I was looking through a few and someone pointed me to Bodie Thoene. I picked up Vienna Prelude and LOVED it! (And amazingly, people often tell me that my books remind them of Bodie’s.)
After that, I started reading more Christian fiction.
And then I started writing it. (Although it took about nine years for me to have a novel published from the time I first started writing.)
To me Christian Fiction became light, hope, and peace to my soul. There was tension, intrigue, and conflict but I felt good after reading those stories–unlike the angst I felt after books like Pet Sematary!
Christian fiction shared good news to me when I wasn’t looking for it or wanting it.
I once received an email from someone who said she read my novel, Night Song, and it was the first Christian novel she’d ever read. She was surprised she liked it!
It's my goal to share the hope I've found. So how about you? When did you start to read Christian fiction?