My fiction is “Catholic-friendly.”
I can’t help it!
Try reading Madeleine L’Engle’s wonderful non-fiction book for writers and other artists, Walking On Water–Reflections on Faith and Art.
Basically, she says that Christians can’t help it–their art WILL be Christian, even if the subject of the art has nothing to do with Christianity!
Her book, A Wrinkle In Time, has a Christian world-view even though it is not overtly Christian.
After I finished my first novel and published it, my husband pointed out that the Gospel was preached in it. In the novel, a Jewish person is hurt and bleeds, and because of it, others are saved. That’s a gross simplification of the plot, but it’s definitely there underneath all the fun and figure skating and adventure and mystery!
I didn’t even realize that this had worked its way into my novel until someone else pointed it out to me!
I think that Catholics would enjoy more “popular” fiction. Many of us aren’t interested in literary fiction at all. I attended a conference where an author asked, “What do you call literary fiction?” The answer: “Unread.”
Sorry, intellectuals, I know it makes me sound like a bumpkin, but I really don’t like most literary fiction. I like a good, galloping, plot-filled, exciting, heartstopping, tear-jerking beach read, something that I keep taking out to peek at even if I’m at work! I like intriguing characters that I can visualize. I like dialogue that I wish I could think of when I converse! And I love plots that take me all over the world, even if “the world” is just a small town in Illinois!
I would like to see more Catholic romance, mystery and suspense, humor, thrillers, and adventures (adult and juvenile). I would LOVE to see Catholic historical romance, which is one of my favorite genres.
Protestant book catalogs are loaded with novels and stories, and quite a few of them are very badly-written! People suck them up anyway, and these authors are selling thousands and even millions of copies of their romances, thrillers, and even horror stories. E.g, the “Left Behind” novels.
But I only know of a few “popular” Catholic authors, and the only Catholic “romance” novels I know about are self-pubbed and are rather…unrealistically asexual and saccharinely-preachy.
**alh5184, I hope you’ll go for it, and come up with some best-sellers! **
My novels are mystery-adventures, written for young teenagers. (No sex, but lots of romance and thrills and chills–of course there are chills!–the novels are about an ice skating team!)
I am working on adult fiction that is “Catholic”, but I’m having a terrible time at the moment pulling my various plots together! I’ll just keep working on it and hopefully come up with something worth publishing that will be worth reading. alh5184, you do the same, OK?!