HEARTWARMING INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE – 230 FIVE-STAR REVIEWS at Amazon! Readers say this tender, funny, thought-provoking novel is one you’ll remember long after you’ve turned the last page.
Rock star Jackson Bell has just given his heart to God. Resolved to abandon his wicked lifestyle and eager for instruction in Christian living, he heads home to Owatonna, Minnesota and the girl-next-door he’s secretly loved for years. Dismayed to find Laney Ryland in the midst of a faith crisis, “Jeb” quickly formulates a plan: he’ll help Laney get her faith back, and then he’ll find her a good Christian man to marry so she can get started on that big family she longs for.
It won’t be easy, watching another man slide a ring onto Laney’s finger. But she deserves only the best, and Jeb means to see that she gets it. Now if only her great-aunts, those pesky 79-year-old matchmaking triplets known as the Three Graces, will just stay out of his way . . . .
Brenda Coulter’s first four novels were published by Harlequin’s popular “Love Inspired” imprint. One of them won a HOLT Medallion and a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and another was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award (Best Inspirational Romance).
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
A Christian romance novel follows the same form and conventions of a secular romance, and always includes both an internal conflict and an external one. (Simply put, the internal conflict is one or more emotional reasons why the hero and heroine can’t possibly fall in love. For example, maybe she won’t allow herself to love a police officer because her cop husband was killed in the line of duty. The external conflict is the circumstance that puts the hero and heroine in direct opposition: perhaps he’s trying to put a company out of business and she is dedicated to saving it.) But in addition to the internal and external conflicts, a Christian romance novel also charts the faith journeys of the hero and heroine. A satisfying end to the story can be achieved only after the couple has overcome the internal and external barriers to their love AND become “right with God.”
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Read the kinds of books you want to write. TONS of them. That’s how you’ll get a feel for the conventions of your genre. Soon you’ll find yourself thinking, “Hmm, I would have done that differently.” And there’s your inspiration!
Brenda Coulter lives somewhere in the Midwestern U.S. with the hunk o’ burnin’ love she married way back in 1975. Having successfully brought up two boys (they chew with their mouths closed and they always remember to say thank you), Brenda now makes up love stories, spends far too much money and time on her cottage-style flower garden, and endeavors to wait patiently for grandchildren.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Most Christian romance novels end with one of the main characters professing faith (or a renewed faith) in God. That’s not a bad thing, and I’ve written some of those books myself. But in this story, I wanted to show a brand-new Christian, a former atheist, struggling to learn how to live in a way that pleases God. And to my great joy, readers have LOVED that approach!