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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tuesday Spotlight: Robin Bayne

What is inspirational fiction?

I’ve been asked this question many times, especially when I have a new story release. To many people, the term “inspirational” refers to any writing which is uplifting or meaningful. To one mother who lost a child, the essay I wrote on her daughter was inspirational. To another friend, a collection of encouraging, secular quotes is inspirational. But to many of us reading this, it is fiction that includes God and faith in the storyline.

Author Pamela Thibodeaux wrote a wonderful post on the topic. Here's an excerpt:
Christian fiction is written for a particular audience...the CBA market/readership. Christian fiction focuses on a relationship with God and God is the center of every romantic liaison. It adheres to the guidelines set forth by the CBA publishers and readers. In most instances, those guidelines are very conservative. The CBA wants “chaste relationships…the emotional side of love without the physical.”

Author Cindy Green shared her opinions:
As far as my own writing, it is conservative and even though it is published as ‘Inspirational’ it is Christian and would more than likely fall under the CBA standards. I do read mainly sweet romance and most of that is Inspirational and/or Christian romance.

Inspirational romance is just like any other romantic tale. It includes the ups and downs of falling in love, a handsome hero and a likeable heroine, those many emotional essentials, and the all important happy ending—aka: the HEA.

So what is inspirational fiction? Do you read it? Write it?

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Robin Bayne is the award-winning author of six novels and four novellas, along with a variety of short stories. She has contributed to collections including God’s Way for Teens, God’s Way for Fathers and Cup of Comfort Devotionals; and published articles in Writer’s Journal and Christian Communicator. She has given workshops at regional and online romance writing conferences and the Writer’s Digest World’s Largest Writing Workshop. She lives in Maryland with her husband of twenty years. Robin recently compiled a book of devotionals for writers titled “Words to Write By.” Visit her at


LoRee Peery said...

Very well said, Robin. As Christian writers, we cannot embarrass our King by not including God and faith in the storyline of our books.

Robin Bayne said...

Thanks for reading, LoRee : )