Well, I guess I don’t read everything…I’m not into sci-fi—though I would probably read if something caught my attention—and, I stay away from anything extremely graphic as in rape, hurting children, or anything that glorifies any type of violent act.
That said, on to my point of this blog about me being a Christian and writing romantic-suspense. I read tons of Christian books as well as secular books; I don’t limit myself to any specific genres or markets. If it catches my attention, I read it. If it’s bad, I put it down, but I usually find something good in everything.
What I have found in Christian books, however, is that publishers of ‘Christian’ books tend to allow violence—to the point of breaking every bone in a child’s body—but absolutely refuse to allow any romance that even alludes to sex, even between a married couple. One of my favorite authors, Ted Dekker, ran into this with his novel Immanuel’s Veins. I found absolutely nothing offensive about this book and truly wonder if these publishers have even read the bible.
"Song of Solomon" is completely sensual as it is about the King and his love. Research seems to confirm that the Song belongs to Biblical wisdom literature and that it is wisdom’s description of an amorous relationship. The bible speaks of both wisdom and love as gifts of God, to be received with gratitude and celebration.
"…it views the Song as a linked chain of lyrics depicting love in all its spontaneity, beauty, power and exclusiveness—experienced in its varied moments of separation and intimacy, anguish and ecstasy, tension and contentment. The Song shares with the love poetry of many cultures its extensive use of highly sensuous and suggestive imagery drawn from nature."
Isn't that beautiful? And so contradictory to what we see on TV and in the movie theatre. We instantly censor anything to do with making love, but are okay with graphic scenes.
Well, as you expected, I write romantic scenes in my novels. Are they graphic? No. Sensual? Yes. I leave a lot to the imagination, as I believe every writer should do to some extent in all scenes. As an avid reader, I love when a writer describes a scene, but I also love how my imagination goes wild…even playing out scenes in my head while I sleep, as to what will happen next.