In my quest to begin writing novels, I had hoped for a particular domain name to go with the pen name my sister and I are going to use to write under. But that one was taken 😦 and that makes me said. Just in case, I bought up my other choice to hang onto it. But that isn’t the difficult choice.
The choice that is difficult at the moment is what type of novels to write. I can write some pretty juicy material that will curl toes and cause folks to gasp just from my own life experiences. A tweak here and a nip and tuck there and I can fictionalize it enough to cover my tail when it comes to legal issues. Believe me I am convinced I could hit the best seller’s list, and I’m not flashing ego here at all. I know I write well, and many have told me I need to publish a book. My difficult choice(s) comes down to certain content.
I could write a juicy, steamy, sex filled story that would no doubt make me money. Sex sells, no doubt about it. Jasinda Wilder proved that a quick read, short book loaded down with seriously descriptive sex scenes will sell like hot cakes and make you a lot of money. I actually find her story inspiring, as she and her husband were about to lose it all and she sat down and wrote the first of her books, Big Girls Do It Better, and BAM they were rolling. Trouble is I don’t know if I SHOULD write that type of book. See, as I walk this road of faith, little by little I see that all things in my life need to be seen through a biblical perspective. Would it be honoring to Christ to write such stuff? The issue I had with her book was just that, the sex. There was just TOO much of it! I’ve read a number of her Big Girl series and honestly the story line is decent, but I started skipping a good portion because the sex scenes were just getting ridiculous. Realistic sure, but entirely too much of it.
When I read, I love a good story. I love several Christian authors, especially Lori Wick. I think my very favorite book of her’s is Pretense. It was so real, so impacting and a modern day story. Historical fiction is great and I love reading it, but I really love things that are present day. Face it, I cannot relate real well to living in a covered wagon or a log cabin, washing my clothes on a rock somewhere. I enjoy getting lost in a good book but prefer things I can relate too. I will naturally write about things in my novels that I can relate too. There won’t be any vampires, no super model in looks characters, just real, ordinary characters, average. But with extraordinary situations and stories.
But what about the sex? Sex between a husband and wife is beautiful, and special. Is it wrong to write steamy scenes between two people married to each other? And what about the fact that lots of believers don’t walk a perfect path, should I write my characters more realistic or as more fictionally perfect examples? Sure, there are many real life believers that go from cradle to coffin walking out the Word of God in seeming perfection. I’m not one of those. My life, to say the least, has been rather colorful and edgy. Woven into characters who while believers, have stumbled through some seriously sinful situations and made some poor choices, would those be more of interest to readers than the almost perfect ones I could make up?
SIGH…so many important choices.