This is something I am often asked and often ask myself. Doesn’t my believe in God conflict with writing Speculative Fiction? My answer is – why should it?
I have two very good examples – Frank Peretti and Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins.
Who? I hear you say – well they are three very respected christian writers who have greatly influenced me and my writing.
So who are they? Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins have written the Left Behind series of books about the Tribulations based on Revelations (the bible book). They are avery scary set of books that look at what life would be like in a world without Christians, and the ever decreasing society moral. I admit I have only read three of these books, and one day I will be brave enough to get the rest of them to read. This series is now 16 books, and I remember that the first time I read the first book, Left Behind that I was shocked, frightened, but desperate for more. I got as far as the third book, Nicolae – before I really freaked out. While not a horror series, it is definitely a thriller series.
Frank Peretti would have tobe one of my favourite authors, he has written lots of books, I only own three – This Present Darkness, Piercing the Darkness and The Oath. This is a man that can write about angels and demons and you believe in them. In a world that is focusing so much on doing good works and thinking that life is just what you make of it, after reading This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness, you will rethink your own views on religion. And while these books in no way push Christianity or religion, it does make you realise that there is more out there.
The Oath was a book that blew me away and made me aware of the fact that Christians can AND WILL write great Speculative Fiction. This book is about a dragon that picks off people in this village, and after years of peace its feeding frenzy is becoming rather more vicious and frequent. Again it had a christian basis for its story, but doesn’t push religion down your throat.
I would have to say that Frank Peretti is definitely one of my favourite authors, only because he doesn’t hold back, he throws punches which connect and make me think more about my own faith. Even if you don’t have any Christian beliefs, you will still find these books great pieces of fiction.
So, I believe that my writing Speculative Fiction can also be to the benefit of my faith and belief’s, and if written well, doesn’t make you read the book and think – I HAVE to become a christian now!
You can find all of these writers on the internet or at your local Christian bookshops.