I know I’m probably in the minority, but I make it a practice to read, for the most part, only Christian fiction. I’ve only read a handful of general fiction titles, and this was on purpose.
Not only because I write Christian fiction and want to support them, but wow. I get a lot of influences all day every day from the ‘secular’ world. When I sit down with a book, I want to know that I can relax and not have my sensibilities tested.
That said, I don’t mind ‘edgy’ fiction. In fact, the whole “too good to be true” characters aren’t that appealing, although I do enjoy a Lori Wick book now and again:-)
BUT, call a spade a spade please. As a Christian author, I DO think we have the responsibility to show sin in it’s true light.
In other words, you can have a character “get it on” with someone they’re not married to, but a.) I don’t want in their bedroom, thank you and b.) Don’t make the deed out is ‘okay’. Sex is for marriage, period.
Your character likes to tip the bottle a little too much? Okay, as long as it’s not made over to be a just fine and dandy pastime.
Your heroine meets with a physic, fine. But we all know that fortune tellers are either a.) fake or b.) getting their info straight from the devil and yeah, let’s just make sure, if we write them in, that we don’t send our readers to the nearest Madam Isabella to get their palm read.
I fully understand that there is a fine line, and EVERYONE has different values and some of this is cultural.
For you authors out there, how do you define what lines not to cross? Do you write to your OWN values or do you also try to cater to other Christian values that may be more stringent than your own?
For readers, What do you prefer? How far is to far? Are you going to slap a book closed if you see the word “crap”?