Writing Stories of Faith…Mingled With Murder And Mayhem
Really? Christian Fiction and murder/suspense novels. On the surface the two don’t seem to go together. After all, how can a book where murders, mayhem, and bad guys abound promote Christian values?
Can a writer of suspense novels make a difference in a life? Surely not, you say. It might be good entertainment but that’s where it ends. Not so, I say.
Jesus used stories to teach a point—He called them parables.
People love stories. Stories can touch our hearts, stir our imagination, and teach us. Stories allow us to see the truth without the actual experience. Stories give us the opportunity to learn, change, and grow without all the growing pains.
As a writer of Christian fiction, I have two goals with every story I write. The first goal is to create an entertaining story. And the second goal is to further God’s Kingdom in some way. It may be as simple as portraying Christian characters in a positive light to an all out salvation scene. It varies from book to book.
The Christmas Stalking, my latest novel—actually, it’s a novella-had even more of a challenge. I had to make it suspenseful, have a Christian message, and a Christmas theme. And I had to do it all with less than 25,000 words according to my publisher!
I guess I succeeded since The Christmas Stalking is being released this holiday season! The cover is awesome, you should take a look at it at www.lillianduncan.net
The Christmas Stalking is a romantic suspense novella that features Destiny-a very famous country music star. She has everything she dreamed of and more. Fame. Wealth. Beauty. Adoring fans. Oh, yeah and a stalker.
So, what’s the Christian message in The Christmas Stalking? I’m so glad you asked that! It’s a theme I think most of us can relate to, especially parents of minor children. It’s about being too busy for God. Destiny never made a conscious choice to stop living a Christian life, but as she became a star, her life became so busy. More and more, she let her schedule push God out of her life.
And oddly enough, I think the Christmas season may be the time of the year we do this the most. Just when we should be focusing on the wonderful gift of Jesus’s birth, we’re too busy shopping, cooking, baking, shopping, going to parties, going to school programs and shopping!
So, I hope everyone slows down a bit this holiday season and take the time to enjoy the season. And, of course, a great way to do that would be to enjoy an evening reading The Christmas Stalking.
Lillian Duncan writes stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem. She writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.