Those of you who follow this blog know that I have a book being released in March with Valor Publishing. The book is categorized as Speculative Fiction because of the setting and subject matter. But in my mind, the book also touches an area which book sellers call Christian Fiction. There are references to Jesus Christ in the book. Lots of them. In fact, the entire premise of the story is that there is a world peopled with believing souls, most of which recognize that there will be a Savior born, and that in time He will come to them as their King–much like what we are expecting in a Second Coming here on earth, but for them, it will be a first coming–and they know He will be born, and suffer, and die, and rise again. Just not on their planet.
If you would like to read the book back-liner for the story, click on BOOKS when you get to my website: http://daronfraley.com
Curiosity about how the Christian market will receive this book–one that has a unique but almost Old Testament feel to it–has been on my mind almost constantly since I got my publishing contract with Valor Publishing. It is hard to tell what will be said about it until the book is actually released. I suspect that there will be those Christians out there who will automatically reject the book on the grounds that I am LDS (Mormon). That much I can expect.
But for those who do not automatically reject it, I wonder: Are Christian Fiction readers going to be willing to entertain a captivating story which celebrates the purpose and mission of Jesus Christ as an underlying theme, if the author is Mormon?
What do you think?
I am looking for honest, straight-forward conversation here. Please be kind. I respect the beliefs of others, so I would appreciate it if comments are given in such a way that people of all faiths are comfortable and not offended by those comments.
One last item. If you have any doubts as to how I might feel about Christ as my Savior, please read my short story “WATER”. I wrote that story as a personal, worshipful expression. It can be found here under the subject “Short Stories”, or you can find it on my website under “READ”. I hope you enjoy it.