I’m taking a leap of faith. It’s been a while but I’ll be alright. No one’s going to die. It’s a first world problem.
I’m going to write for the general market, under the name of Andi Eden.
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Put it this way. I was a Christian and a teacher and taught in the state system. Why not be a Christian and a writer and pen stories for the general market?
I don’t fit the church mould. Haven’t for a while. I don’t go to a service on a regular basis (my husband and I are de-fragging from a bunch of church politics) although I attend a women’s Bible study on a Thursday. But I love the body of Christ. Two different things.
Another mould smasher. I’ve acquired three tattoos. Small ones. One for my love of music, one for my love of writing, and one to show my love and thankfulness for the grace of God. The latter is on the underside of my right wrist, in Viking runes, part of my heritage. My son and I share this one. We got them together earlier this year. Mother-son bonding you might say. Or not, depending on your opinion.
This is not a midlife crisis. I’m too old for that, unless I live to a hundred and fourteen. (Not a personal ambition, in case you’re wondering.) It’s simply my response to my nudges from God.
Writing for the general market will be a challenge. My characters won’t be Christians. They’ll do unChristian things, have unChristian attitudes and make unChristian choices. But that’s how billions of people live and they will be my audience.
Yet God is so much part of my life. How do I not write about Him? How do I not include Him on my page? But He will be there, in my themes, in my messages. A silent but powerful presence, invisible yet visible.
Check out Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV). ‘You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.’
As my wonderfully wise husband said, ‘You’re not leaving God out of your writing – you’re taking Him with you.’
Andrea is an author and avid reader of contemporary romance. She has written two Christian romance novels: A Simple Mistake and Too Pretty.
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