|Hubby and I at the ACFW 2012 Dressed in Character|
I WRITE CHRISTIAN ROMANCE!
Yeah, you heard me right.
At first when people would ask me what I write, I would tell them a variety of answers depending on who I was speaking to. “I write Christian Fiction” or “I write women’s fiction” or “I write Spec.” just because I didn't want to deal with their reactions. “Christian romance? Isn't that an oxymoron?”
One day I asked God, “Can’t I just write Speculative fiction? No one looks at me cross eyed when I say Spec, unless they don’t know what it is. Even then, it’s more acceptable to write Spec than it is to write romance.”
I know this is going to seem completely unrelated but stay with me, okay?
I like to read the Bible. I mean I really do. I study it every day and usually walk away thinking, “Well, that was some good information. But what did I learn?”
One of my writer friends, who happens to be a woman theologian, came over. I mean she’s really a Bible scholar. She talked about things the Lord was teaching her and I finally stopped her. “Christa, I envy you. I wish I could be a Scholar. I long to see the profound, the deep things of God. To be able to relate them to others. How do you do it?”
“Well, Ginger, I simply go to God and ask Him what He wants to teach me. One stint in my life God simply had me reading one chapter a day and then writing down what I learned about Him in that chapter. It took four years but it was the most productive thing I've ever done. As I went through those chapters, no matter what book I was in, I could see the nature of God in them.”
It clicked because every time I went to the Bible and read, all I could see was God’s love for His people. I could hear His voice crying out in love, “If you don’t do this, than that will happen to you. Hear me!”
Yes, I could hear His love, even in the midst of His judgment.
I got it. I knew.
God was revealing His love to me through the scriptures because He called me to write about it. Not in non-fiction matter-of-fact ways, but through story. Through the journeys of my characters.
God’s love. Yeah, I can do that.
So if you ask me, “What do you write?”
I write Christian romance.
Tell me, how did you come to understand your calling? What do you write?
ginger r. takamiya