I am finding that a lot of folks are amazed at the amount of books I produce, and at such a quick rate. People act like I’m a bit of an anomaly, and maybe I am. Or maybe I am just really good at planning. Or just anti-social enough to have nothing better to do than write and finish books in my free time. Or maybe it’s just the way God made me.
I have always believed that God has a purpose for my writing. He gave me the talent of not only writing, but of finishing tons of projects in a much shorter time-frame than most. In return, I feel I should make certain that any project I seriously take on has some important spiritual message woven inside, whether it’s a message of friendship, love, forgiveness, acceptance, whatever the case may be.
Because of this reasoning, I am very selective in what projects I actually choose to pursue. I might get a lot of ideas for stories, but I don’t choose to follow through on all of them. With each new story idea, I have to ask myself questions like: Why? What is the purpose of this story? Have I done something similar before? What can readers learn from this? To be breathed into life, the story must be worthy of being not just created, but shared with the world. Allow me to use my latest work as an example.
Last night, I received what should be the FINAL version of my newest fantasy romance, One Starry Knight. I say “should” be because I still have this internal debate going on as to whether one of the characters should end up in a red or blue tunic. May not sound like a complicated decision, but trust me, it really is. From the symbolism of blue vs. red to the question of which color the character looks the most handsome in, it’s a serious, serious matter to decide.
But I digress. The creation of One Starry Knight has been a very special, personal journey for me. The romance aspect of it was inspired by real incidents and people in my life, especially the emotional journey that Evren, the main character, goes on as she falls in love with Kaos and as she grows as a person, learning much not just about him, but about herself. I wrote the entire story in only about a month or two–not counting the many read-throughs for spelling, grammar, tweaks, and fixes–but that in no means decreases the power of the writing. I consider it to be a strong piece and possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever written, next to my children’s book, In the Land of Giants, which has it’s own message to share.
Yes, the message: that’s what this post is about. The message or purpose behind the stories I create. That, perhaps more than anything, fuels me to create a story and see it to completion. As in the case of One Starry Knight, beautiful as Evren’s and Kaos’ story is, at some point I realized that I wanted it to be more than a just love story. Oh, true, the love story itself had many things to teach readers about the selflessness and sacrifices and heartaches of love. But that wasn’t quite enough for me.
With the help of ideas from a friend, I was able to take the story beyond a beautiful romance. It has since blossomed into a tale of forgiveness, redemption, and spiritual rebirth. It’s a story for the ages and one that I hope the masses can take to heart and be truly encouraged by.
Because that’s what it’s really all about for me. Being a Christian and an author, I can’t help but know God would have me combine these two greatest aspects of myself and use them to inspire, uplift, and encourage others. If a book isn’t doing that, even in the subtlest way, it’s probably not worth my time to write, nor yours to read.
As for One Starry Knight, I hope it will be well worth the read, as I believe it to be. Keep a look-out for the print release on December 30 on websites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I will also be hosting a massive give-away of the book on Goodreads.
That’s all I have to reflect on for now. As ever, God bless, happy reading, and may you be inspired!!
~ Christine E. Schulze