Monday, January 16, 2017

Your Christian Fiction Writing Matters! By Carrie Fancett Pagels

Hi, friends! Marianne here, offering a hug of welcome to my friend and writing compatriot, Carrie Fancett Pagels! I asked Carrie to guest post this month, and she's got a great topic in hand: Your Writing Matters! (who doesn't need that kind of affirmation every once in a while, right?)

Carrie, take it away!!

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Carrie Fancett Pagels
If you’re like me, you want to read a story that has a strong faith element and leaves you feeling encouraged. There will be a HEA (happy ever after) and the hero and/or the heroine will have overcome something difficult, with God’s help.  So when I began writing books, these were the elements I wanted in my stories!

Secular books left me feeling like something missing. And there was! Usually faith elements were missing or, if included, were not part of the story arc.  And that didn’t feel right. After all, my life is based on faith so why would I want to read a story where that is missing? So my stories have faith essential to the plot.

I was so grateful to my best friend, Libbie Cornett, when she pointed me in the direction of the Thoenes and Janette Oke, some twenty-five years ago or so. I found their books at the local library but the titles were limited. Then Libbie put a CBD (Christian Book Distributors) catalog into my hot little hands! Inside were all kinds of fiction stories! Christian Book Heaven should have been the name of the organization!

If you’re a Christian fiction author who is discouraged, remember, your writing matters. It gives Christian readers the opportunity to read material that uplifts, encourages, and affirms faith in their lives.  One of the guests at a Facebook party for our launch of My Heart Belongs series by Barbour made the comment that she was so grateful that CBA authors took the time, the energy, the creativity that they had and used that to create fiction books to bless readers with! She recognized there is a cost involved, just as there is in any type of ministry, in this case ministry through Christian fiction.

My prayer for authors and readers – May God bless you and show you the direction in which to go and put people around you to help you on the journey He has planned for you!

What do you wish Christian fiction authors knew?


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Carrie Fancett Pagels is a Tired Old Mommy whose RA took her from her career of 25 years as a psychologist. An ECPA bestselling and award-winning author, Carrie has had ten books published in the past several years. She has three upcoming releases in 2017, with Barbour, including a novel of her Yooper woman’s heart – My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring. You can check out Carrie’s stories at her website www.carriefancettpagels.com

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Meet nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and 1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine women miss the greatest prize of all—the devoted heart of a godly man?


8 comments:

  1. Thanks for visiting, Carrie! I felt the same way all those years ago when Janette Oke was the only Christian fiction author I could find. What a wonderful treat when the market grew and made a place for more writers to bless more readers! And now, as a writer/editor/reader, I get to see the other side. Such a blessing. :)

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    1. Thanks for being a blog hostess, Annette! From what Chip MacGregor posted recently, I wonder if we might be moving back to those days, though! Blessings!

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  2. Love this post, Carrie! And I love Christian fiction because it stimulates my heart and my head -- and teaches me more about being a better Christian as a bonus.

    As a Christian fiction writer, I'm going to turn your question on it's ear and say that I wish Christian fiction readers knew how much of our lives are in each book. It can take several months to several years to finish a book with most authors writing/revising a manuscript for about a year before publication (right, Carrie?).

    But during that time, God teaches the author as much or more than the reader about living the Christian life and growing closer to Him.

    Hugs, Carrie!

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    1. I think some readers "might" realize the amount of time it takes, Angie. Although with many only willing to pay $.99 for an ebook, maybe not! It certainly can take years for some books to come to full fruition -- like both Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter (Pelican 2016) and My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island (Barbour 2017). Writing can be a good reminder of the core value of faith.

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  3. Love your stories Carrie! Thank you for all the encouragement and wisdom you give me. :-)

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    1. Hi Melissa! Thanks! Enjoying getting to know you better on this journey of faith!

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  4. Hi, Carrie - and thanks so much for guesting on Seriously Write! I enjoyed the affirmation and uplift of your post - wise words from a wise lady! Blessings on your writing!!!

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    1. Thanks for having me on Seriously Write, Marianne! Any wisdom I have is straight from the Word and Holy Spirit, so I'm glad I'm reflecting back a little of that! Blessings back!

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