I have always written murder. It worried me. I am a normal person, mother, and wife. Yet, when I write, a dead body shows up. What was wrong with me that I couldn’t write romance and not have a dead body?
After I been around other writers who do mystery, and found they share my mind-set (notice I didn’t say twisted bent), I struggled with how could I write murder and Christian romance? What are most mysteries about? Greed, infidelity, murder, stealing—-bad behavior. Or in other words—sin. When you start thinking about all those sins, you can find vivid examples of them throughout the Old and New Testament. Murder--Cain and Able, infidelity—David and Bathsheba, jealously and murder—Absalom,greed—Ananias and Sapphiar. You name the sin, there is an example of it in the Bible.
When I write a murder, I can bring justice to the victim, and the characters learn how to deal with grief and the pain of that death. I had a heroine who miscarried a baby. She hadn’t deal with grief, but in her book she had to face her ex-husband, and both characters had to deal with their grief. It was a grief that had driven them to divorce. I had a reader tell me “thank you” after she read the book. The feelings the heroine experience the reader shared. Sometimes when I am writing, a lesson appears that surprises me, but I know the character needs that lesson. It is my prayer that what my characters go through could touch a reader’s heart and help and encourage them.
That is the best reward for my writing.