As a born-again Christian, I value my walk with God over my walk with people. When I embarked on my writing career, I vowed that the only person in my novels who would always be right was God. To say my writing is dark and edgy is honest. The real world is worse. My writing includes immorality, sexuality, greed, lust, murder, and betrayal. I’ve had interesting reactions from Christians and non-Christians alike. Here I’ll paraphrase.
“I won’t be reviewing your novel, Room 1515. When I got to Chapter 4, your characters got naked in a pool! Uh!” (I wonder if the same person went to see Harry Wilson’s War, starring Tom Hanks.)
“What’s with your cover? I mean it’s GREAT! But I didn’t expect the sexy thing from you.”
Most of my reviewers see the point in my writing.
The love story between Peacock and Arthur was probably
the strength of the book. I longed to continue the book so I could see the
outcome of their relationship. I feel rather unfulfilled in that area, but I
will give no spoilers. I was pleased that we never got an intimate look into
their bedroom. Sex was implied between them and throughout other portions of
the book, but nothing was detailed in that area.
I was also surprised at the relatively low use of profanity in the book. There
was some mild profanity, but it was extremely limited. That made the book a
much more enjoyable read than other books in this genre. It showed me that most
of the time, rampant profanity is not important in advancing a story like this.
If you are looking for a book that is definitely different than anything you
have ever read, you may want to check this book out.
I sometimes identify with Father Andrew Greeley, the Catholic fiction writer who received criticism for some of his novels. Maybe I’m the Father Greeley of the born-again world. I make no apologies for the content of my writing. The real world is worse. My novels carry a theme of repentance in each. No matter how far a person falls, God can raise them up and eventually does.
I think my novels have something for Christian readers and non-Christian reader. After all, we all have a Wild Side. I haven’t had one review on Kindle, Amazon, or Goodreads under a 4 Star. If you read the Bible, and I study it faithfully, God doesn’t pull punches. He tells calls it like it is. Sin is Sin. Murder is murder. Rape is rape. Consequences are dire. In The Fifth Step, rated the novel NC-17 because of the nature of the story. I believe authors owe their readership a warning if the subject deserves one.
How do you feel about this subject?
Conflict and controversy are the cornerstones of great novels. I’m not backing down. Please wade in and comment on my Home Page.