Yes, I am one of THOSE people, I am someone who claims to be and wants to be a writer. When I was little, I would create stories that never ended up being real words on a page, but it was a real story to me when I would tell it to all of my stuffed animals. I never really thought that I wanted to be a writer when I was little; it was just something fun to do. Especially when my Grandma determined that I was old enough to “play” with her typewriter (for the record, I never broke it—in fact, I even still have it).
I have had to write numerous stories all throughout school, because public schools understand the importance of writing. I had teachers who understand the value of telling a fun story. I always enjoyed writing, even though I have always struggled with grammar. That didn’t stop me though—I knew by the time I wrote my first short story in high school that I LOVED to write. Just as I knew in sixth grade that, while I love poetry, I am not so great at writing it. I knew going into high school that I wanted to be a writer, and not just a writer, but a Christian writer.
Christianity is not just the religion I associate with; it is who I am as a person. I am so thankful that God sent His one and only Son to come and die for my sins, so that I might be reconciled with the Father through salvation. I am thankful that God is continually growing me in His image (even though I am still far from perfect). I want others to know Him too. I want people to see what being a Christian means on a day-to-day basis. I want to use my words to glorify Him because He is the one who has gifted me with the ability to write. That is why I want to not only be a writer but to be a Christian writer—which to me is the same thing, but it may not seem that way to others.
Not only that, but I want to be a Christian Romance Writer. Now, I know what you are thinking, "You want to be a ROMANCE writer? Really? That isn’t a real writer." Or, "Anyone could write romance." What people don’t realize is that Christian romance is so much more than two people meeting and falling in love. It shows the daily lives of at least two people. It shows the reality of our lives in that bad things happen, life isn’t easy, and falling in love is both painful and amazing. It is action, history, mystery, horror, crime, and western. Romance as a genre is really not one genre alone, but rather is a mixture of all of the other genres.
I believe in love. I believe that it is something wonderful, glorious, and a story that is always worth sharing. I also believe that marriage is a reflection of Christ’s relationship with the Church and His love for us. I believe that it shows us lessons such as compromise, mercy, sharing, and caring when we don’t want to or even when the other person may not deserve it. It truly shows that God is in control of our lives and truly has good meant for those who love Him and are striving to follow after Him. I have recently read a story where a surrogate mother spends the four years of her son’s life raising him on her own, but his birth father reappears in his life, leaving her with no rights to her son. While she fights for him, she learns that she needs to trust God not only with her son but also with what He wants her to do with her life. She does, and she leans on His strength through it all, waiting for Him to show her His plan. She trusts Him to work it out for good for all of them, which He does. He allows her to have joint custody with her son’s father, and she ends up working with the man she loves, teaching immigrants in her town English and helping them with her nurse training. In each step, it is easy to see just how important and instrumental to their lives their relationship with Christ is. It is stories like these that I hope to someday write.
So, yes, I want to be a Christian Romance writer, but it is about so much more than those three words. It is something that is a part of me and something that I want to share with the world.