Today I have author Sarah Jae Foster on the blog for her Broken Identity tour. Sarah will be sharing some thoughts on how her book came about and hosting an eBook giveaway!!
Welcome to the blog Sarah, your book is certainly out of the box when it comes to mainstream Christian fiction. What inspired you to write Broken Identity?
Thank you so much Tina, for allowing me to stop by. I’m thrilled!
I’m often asked what Edgy Inspirational Fiction is. I have come to realize that my own view on the subject differs a bit from others. About ten years ago, I had run out of Christian fiction that appealed to me. I desired something more real – raw you could say – with Christians having struggles in today’s world of seduction. I wasn’t finding what I wanted, so I turned to reading secular fiction, and in doing that I have found some amazing authors who I adore and follow today!
I thought I was alone in my thinking until the past year or two when this new term made its way into our literary world – edgy inspirational fiction. I thought, “Yay! Finally there is material that will tell it like it is!” Christians struggle just like the next person does, why not share it? Certainly, there are CBA guidelines to Christian fiction, with good purpose. I do not mean adding cursing, graphic sex, or morbid violence, etc. to take away from the foundation the CBA has set up, but I think the content in itself should evoke a high state of emotions which we can all relate to.
I am disheartened when I read online or hear from my colleagues that edgy inspy fiction is just an excuse to be graphic, that it’s an excuse to add inappropriate material for Christian fiction. Because that’s not the case with me. In Broken Identity, I write about a Christian woman tormented with the temptation of infidelity. Although it’s fiction, I can still imagine that it doesn’t matter whether you’re Christian or not, in having that issue come up sometime in your life. How can readers be invested in a character if what they are going through is sugar coated? Perhaps I am just a black sheep out there, and want to read deeper works; after all, I’m one who does not need a happy ending in movies (something that drives my husband crazy!) I like reality, but without the compromise.
My next work is a western romance, about a woman who has a heart for soiled doves – that was tricky in the sense of being accurate, yet trying not to offend readers at the same time. Talk about a challenge when the book is full of prostitutes in the Old West! With Broken Identity, when I got to writing in the husband’s POV, I had a hard time. Obviously, I had no idea what he was going through, I had to get creative and got the idea to listen to Adele’s music throughout writing his POV – and those forlorn broken-hearted love songs she sings so beautifully, set the perfect tone.
Thanks again for the opportunity to share about my favorite genre! Please don’t let me be a lone black sheep out there in this, give it a try and let me know what you think.
~Sarah, wow good for you to step out of the box and take a chance creating a story about such a sensitive topic, especially in the market your reaching out to. I hope your book can cross over and reach others out there looking for more diverse titles in the realm of faith driven literature.
Today you can win a eBook (Pdf) copy of Sarah's book- Broken Identity. This is open to everyone and all you need to do is leave a comment. Winner will be drawn at the end of the tour.
Mona Leigh Anderson, a good mother and even better wife, is unaware that her tidy and sheltered world is going to explode into a thousand pieces. And by her own hand, she launches the grenade of destruction.
Brian Anderson is a principled man, a leader in the church. Never in all his days did he believe his marriage could come to such a heart-rending testing of his faith, although this is exactly what he’s about to endure.
Damaged by deception and infidelity, Mona and Brian seek to repair the mistrust between them because that is the right thing to do. But can they fall in love with each other again, wholeheartedly and without reserve? Can they truly let go of the past and of the most egregious of marital sins, and survive in this world of seduction?