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Why My Books are Religiously Neutral

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Someone asked me if my contemporary romance novel, The Reunion, was a Christian-oriented contemporary romance novel? I told her no, it was not. I want readers of all faiths and beliefs to enjoy my books. There are, however, other romance authors who write novels specially for readers of their faith. For example, I once met Mormon author at a book signing. She informed me, quite matter-of-factly, that her books were LDS romance books. She even included the words, “LDS Romance,” in all the her subtitles. 

I’m pleased she has a faith that she believes strongly in, and if her religion enhances her life for the better then I’m all for it. However, from a marketing standpoint, she was limiting the scope of her readership to a very small percentage.

As someone who believes in God, my characters are also believers, but none are churchgoers. I do this because I don’t want to endorse any religion, or denomination, over another. Any references made to God are generalized. Therefore, they are stated with phrases such as, “then we’ll all say a prayer that he’ll be be found soon, safe and sound.”

My formal affiliation is Episcopalian. I joined the church when I was married to my first husband, and he had grown up in the faith. Unfortunately, the marriage has issues we couldn’t overcome, but I continued going to the Episcopal church after we went our separate ways. My parents, however, weren’t churchgoers, so I didn’t attend Sunday school as a child. As an adult, I’ve found that whenever I joined a church, regardless of the denomination, I usually didn’t stay. long. Not because I didn’t like the church, but because of back-biting and politicking amongst the various members. Every time it happened it made me very sad. 

So there you have it. I believe in God. However, I don’t use my books to proselytize or endorse any particular religion. I leave that to the theologians.

Marina Martindale

 

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