Author Shana Burton & Flawfully Wedded Wives! — 5 Comments

  1. Patricia,
    I think you’ve said just what I was meaning. Thanks for clearing that up for me. 🙂

    Sin is sin. And I don’t think it’s good to make some sin acceptable to write about or unacceptable either way.

    I also don’t think there should be this divide between the two markets either. I was on a panel recently at LaShaunda Hoffman’s SORMAG. One of the Christian A-A authors brought up that at a large gathering of A-A women which included book signings, none of her church ladies came to the Christian authors, they went to the secular. She was flummoxed by this.

    Anyway, I don’t have the answers. I’m just posing questions that I think need or should be addressed. But market realities can’t be denied–and sell books. 🙂

  2. Lyn, your comment about African-American heroines being able to sin sexually and repent threw me for a minute. Didn’t feel right so I had to think about what you might be saying. I’m thinking, since I read both AA and white inspirationals, that there is more exploration into everyday sins in AA fiction. The subjects considered taboo for most Christian authors, specifically if they’re getting published by a CBA publisher, don’t apply. That’s true, especially since the bulk of AA Christian fiction is published outside of the CBA. That’s not accidental. I don’t think it’s a racial thing, though, at least in part. I think there are simply some authors who choose not to be bound by those old-fashioned and long held constraints. Moreover, I’d like to see less sexual sin in AA Christian fiction and more exploration of other faith challenges.

    Just as you may see this characteristic as a freedom of sorts, I wonder if it’s bound AA Christian fiction, almost stereotyping it, in some way. But that’s a different discussion.

    I think a lot of readers want inspirational fiction with a greater degree of realism. Sexual sin is one form of realism. Simply struggling in your faith in non-sexual ways is just as real.

    I’m intrigued by Shana Burton’s book because of the twist on the well-known story of the prodigal son. Looking forward to reading it.

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