I posted a while back about being concerned about my upcoming re-issues from Harlequin. A lot of my concern stemmed from confusing readers who have certain expectations for my work now that I write Christian fiction. Thanks to the support of some of you and to what I refer to as my “Anne Rice” moment, I decided to let it go and let God take care of it.
He did exactly that. I just saw the cover for my latest re-issue and I laughed out loud. You know why? Because there’s no way anybody could confuse that cover with a Christian fiction novel. And when I think about it, even the title, Sweet Passion, suggests that the story is not Christian fiction. And it’s not. Let’s be clear: my earlier romances include sexual content (though I’ve been told it’s pretty mild) that I do not put in my books today.
So now I rest easy. Actually, I started resting easy a while back after reading something that Anne Rice said about not being ashamed of her earlier books. I think she referred to them as “a record of her past.” I love that! When I look at my Christian fiction titles, they all deal with people who have done things in their past that they haven’t really dealt with, things they feel they need to hide or be ashamed of. How fitting is it then that my past is now staring me in the face?
A theme of my current books, and it’s always there, is that with Christ, the past is nothing to beat yourself down about. If you’ve been there, you can help somebody else who’s there now. Now it’s my turn to live like that’s true. Instead of being worried about the re-issues, I’m excited about what God’s going to do with them.
So how am I going to take back the past? Well, instead of focusing on the books, I’m going to focus on what they represent as “a record of my past.” Over the next few weeks, I’ll blog about what I was thinking when I was writing each of the re-issues and what was going on in my life at the time. I think you’ll enjoy reading the story behind the story.
One more thing. This notion of “taking back the past” relates directly to Geigh’s comments about fighting for what’s yours even though your own actions put it in jeopardy in the first place. Maybe you need to take back your past, too. You’re welcome to join me.