With publisher’s rejections also comes, “Your characters are too unbelievable.”
I’m sure in the face of current fiction that’s true. My Christian characters are nothing like today’s themes where super-duper beetle-bug, adorned in red laced tights and bright orange wings, saves the world from people like Auntie May; the little old lady who stuffs conservative tracts in her girdle.
Or the vampire that falls in love with Countess Hostility because her scathing tongue scolds him for drinking too many bloody margaritas. Or the Lollipop Troll, who dangles his gold wares before Princess Empty-Head; she in turn licks his sticky pink claws for a bit of a reefer.
And romance! Do you clutch novels to your bosom, pant heavily, and faint? Do you believe your soul mate is two doors down waiting for you to deliver wine and pizza? If so, romance really stands for: Roll Over My Apex, Neighbor, Combat Emesis.
In reality, romance appears to be one drink shy of passing out. I once heard a man say, “Hey, my tents down on the end, if you want to take a tumble,” while holding a baby in his arms.
If the bible portrayed Jesus as wearing purple leather, gold chains, and wild hair, who spoke in a honey-laced voice saying, “Come unto my tent, baby. I will give you S A L V A T I O N if you will but follow me!” would he somehow be more believable in today’s world.
For those of you who need clarity, LIFE is unbelievable – fiction is NUTS! And Jesus Christ is REAL!
Jesus said unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet believed. John 20:29