Sunday, July 22, 2012

Why My Books are Religiously Neutral

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Someone recently asked me a very interesting question. Was The Reunion a Christian-oriented romance novel? I told her no, it was not. This is because I want readers of all faiths and beliefs to read, and enjoy, my books.

There are authors out there who, regardless of their genre, write novels geared toward readers of their faith. For example, last year I met Mormon author at a book signing. She informed me, quite matter-of-factly, that her books were LDS romance books. I looked at the covers, and sure 'nuf, the words, "LDS Romance," were included in all the subtitles. And since I'm not Mormon, she kind of looked down on me, as if I had two heads or something.

I'm pleased she has a faith that she believes strongly in, and if her religion enhances her life for the better then I'm all for it. However, from a marketing standpoint, she was limiting the scope of her readership to a very small percentage of readers.

As someone who believes in a higher power, my characters are also believers, but none are churchgoers because I don't want to endorse one religion over another. Any references made to God are generalized, and are stated with phrases such as, "then we'll all say a prayer that he'll be be found soon, safe and sound."

I admit I'm more spiritual than religious, meaning I believe in God, but I don't follow the dogma of any particular church. My parents weren't churchgoers, so I didn't attend Sunday school. As an adult, I found that whenever I joined a church, regardless of the denomination, I never stayed long due to the inevitable back-biting, politicking and out and out feuding going on amongst various members. 

So there you have it. I have my own set of spiritual beliefs, however, I don't use my books to proselytize or endorse any particular religion. I leave that up to the theologians.


1 comment:

  1. That's a smart decision to make. I keep religion out of my books, too.