First, let me start by stating that I have nothing against devotional books or the authors who write them. I love to read devotional books and find them inspiring and uplifting. I’m simply answering a question that constantly comes my way.
Why don’t you write devotional books?
I asked myself this question several times while starting out on this writing journey. Any writing expert would tell you that, as a Christian, writing a devotional book full of inspiration would be a wise choice. That in this uncertain world, Christians crave inspiration, motivation, and a deeper understanding.
So why don’t I write devotionals?
I want to be inspiring. I want to write something motivational. I want to help my fellow Christians. However, I also want to tell a story that’s entertaining. When I look at my life, I just don’t see anything exciting or entertaining to write about.
As a child, I remember reading wonderful stories, full of excitement, adventure, and something else under the surface. A deep flowing river of emotions. Emotions full of values and understanding. Flowing directly from the author, and pouring out over the pages.
As an adult, I still love those books, and other books like them. Those authors wrote timeless tales of adventure, bravery, heroism, and valor. In their stories, you didn’t need superpowers or high tech gadgets to save the day. That sometimes the average person could win in the end.
However, nearly every one of those stories had one thing in common. The main character of their stories, “the hero”, always needed a little help. They couldn’t defeat the “Big Bad” on their own. That most of the time, help comes from unexpected places.
I write Fictional stories. My goals are to inspire and entertain readers, the same way that the authors of old inspired me and millions of other people. I believe that’s it’s still possible to be a Christian and write fantasy. That this is what I’ve been called to do.
Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Legendary.