Monday, June 18, 2018

Story Styles and Themes by Marianne Evans

Marianne Evans
So, it seems 2018 will see the release of my 30th book. Wow – no wonder I’m so tired! LOL! I bring up this milestone because, as is often the case when I go all introspective, a realization struck home when I reviewed my book history.

This time the realization centered on themes and styles and how, over the course of my publishing career, my storytelling has tended toward recurring themes as well as the development of characters and circumstances that capture my ever-changing heart and I hope and pray capture the interest of my readers as well.

I noticed many of the books I’ve written tended to include redemption as an overriding arc. My characters grew from a return to—or confrontation of—life circumstances that had led them to a chasm they needed God’s help to bridge. The stories were all unique, but the message remained universal: Homecoming. No matter what had tripped them up, God’s door never closed.


Several other books I created featured settings, occupations, lifestyles, that appear glamorous (being a personal shopper for high-end clients at Harrods, being the crown-princess of a fairytale land, or being a country music legend).  I’m a total fairytale/princess girl, so it was fun to take those worlds and view them through a different lens. Certainly, there was glamour, and I loved writing about tiaras, ball gowns, and State dinners as well as my favorite spots in London and Florence…but digging deep revealed something entirely different, and challenging. The fantasy worlds we might dream of are far from perfect, and my characters learn to live and love within that truth.

Themes, settings, and characters that appeal to me make their way into my books, and this upcoming milestone book release has made me wonder. What are some of your favorite book themes? What characters appeal to you the most? What settings? Let’s talk about it, because, at the end of the day, we’re not just writers, we’re readers as well!

Blessings, friends, until next month!

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Amy Monarch is a tireless volunteer at the Dupont Rescue and Recovery Center, an establishment for the destitute founded by her mother. There, Amy has kept her identity a carefully guarded secret. She is actually Princess Amelia Marguerite Louise DeLaGrande of Remeth. Working at Dupont offers the opportunity to serve in blessed disguise.

Fresh into a promising career in commercial real estate brokerage, Patrick Sawyer returns to the picturesque isle of Remeth intending to reconnect with his collegiate study abroad friends and figure out ‘what’s next’ in his life. Since his father’s passing, the world he knows leaves him uninspired. He volunteers at Dupont during his visit, and becomes enchanted by Amy.

But Amelia is trapped within a silken web. When she reveals who she is, Patrick pulls back. He’s not interested in royalty—at all—but how can she ever break free? How can she find a way to service and God’s plan for her life? Most of all, how can she reconcile the call she feels toward a remarkable man who may be ‘common,’ yet is ‘uncommon’ when it comes to matters of the heart?

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Marianne Evans is an award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create. Readers laude her work as “Riveting,” “Realistic and true to heart,” “Compelling.”

Her Christian fiction debut, Devotion, earned the Bookseller’s Best Award as well as the Heart of Excellence Award. Her follow-up novel, Forgiveness, earned Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year honors as did her book Hearts Communion. She is also a two-time recipient of the Selah Award for her books Then & Now and Finding Home. 

Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan and an active member of Romance Writers of America, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President. You can connect with Marianne at www.marianneevans.com.

10 comments:

  1. Hey, Chicky ... looks like we're going to reach #30 about the same time. Maybe we should race to 50. You're sure to win, because I'm definitely slowing down in my old age! Blessings and keep writing. Miss you lots.

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    1. LOVE you woman!!! I hear you on the whole 'pace' thing. I'm in a place right now where I'm slowing down a bit production wise as well, but I'm as in love with writing as ever. Miss you, and BIG hugs!!! xo <3 <3

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  2. First, thirty novels?! Congratulations, Marianne! What an accomplishment! I tend to include themes of forgiveness and second chances often in my books. And for my recent series, the beach settings were my favorite. I enjoy putting a deep, personal, psychological, heart-felt story against a peaceful, gorgeous setting. That's life sometimes, isn't it? Sometimes serene settings are backdrops for dark days where we learn spiritual lessons. (And sometimes not.) For me, those serene settings are the escape into novel land/story world that I crave as a reader. Then, the inner journey is the adventure. Thanks for visiting, my friend!

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    1. And, Annette, your books are captivating. Setting is SO important to me, and always hooks me in as a reader, because, like you said, it's about pulling readers into the duality of peace and dark...so much like life. Thanks for the encouragement, my sweet friend!!! xo <3 <3

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  3. Christian romance is one of my favorites. Also, enjoy reading stories with humor, happy endings and especially redemption stories. I enjoy a variety of stories. :-) I guess you could say I enjoy a "mixed bag".

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    1. Variety is the BEST, isn't it??? I agree - and I'm always all about the happy ending. And, redemption? Such an awesome theme. Thanks for popping by!!!!

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  4. Marianne i love all your stories!
    I also enjoy small towns that feel like home.
    My stories tend to be about the underdog and finding peace in ways the world doesn't recognize.
    Love you and Congrats on 30

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    1. Thank you so much, Son-shine!!! Underdogs!!! Oh, man, what a great theme to explore. And, as a peace-lover/finder myself, I can totally relate to loving stories based on a quest for peace. Appreciate your support and encouragement!!!

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  5. Wow! Thirty books! Congrats, Marianne! The books I've written have the common themes of finding purpose and pursuing our dreams. But, they also include additional themes of using our gifts, trusting God in the hard times, and the different facets of forgiveness.

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    1. OMGoodness -- Dawn, the book I just turned in for consideration is all about finding purpose - I hadn't even considered that fact until now! Isn't it great to take a hero/heroine on a path wherein they discover their call and a renewed faith....awesome!!! Furthermore, your books are sensational!!! xo <3

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