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!!
|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!
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
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?