KC Hart is one of my dear friends and favorite authors. We love chatting about what God is doing in our lives, our precious grandchildren, and the blessing of being able to do ministry side-by-side. To us, writing is a ministry–the tool we use to share the Gospel in unobtrusive ways that leave a reader feeling the touch of God even after they turn the last page.
Welcome, KC. Thank you for taking the time to share your heart today. May God richly bless you and your work as you carry the cross of our Christ.
From KC’s heart
Thank you, Heidi, for having me on your blog today. You have blessed my life in so many ways, including your writing that always points me and others to Christ. I truly believe fiction can be a powerful tool for the cause of Christ when the truth of the gospel message is shown in the story. Fiction writing affects the way people think, and this, in turn, affects our society as a whole.
I was in elementary school when the first Star Wars movie came out. I did not know that “The Force” was an example of humanism, nor did I care. I wanted to see the sci-fi movie with all the cool characters, strange creatures, and visual effects along with everyone else I knew. Now, years later, humanism has exploded into every area of my life. I don’t ever remember this philosophy being taught to me through the years as a class, but I have been exposed to it over and over through different avenues of entertainment with fiction… fun, plot driven, entertaining fiction.
The Lord began to impress on me that Christians need to stop filling our heads with fiction that leads us away from the truth and replace it with fiction that is faith-based.
With this in mind, I started my author career by writing mysteries with a Christian worldview. My goal was to provide a clean, uplifting entertainment experience for Christian women who enjoyed Murder She Wrote and other old detective shows. My cozies show Christian life in a small town in a very positive light. Some stories share Christ more than others, as the plot plays out, but the faith of my main characters is never in question.
My writing goal gradually changed as I continued to write and listen to the Lord’s direction. Now I believe I have found my true calling with my writing of Christian romance novels. With each book, I ask the Father to give me a story that will show spiritual growth and the Lord working in the characters’ lives. Christ is woven so delicately through the story that the readers live the spiritual growth process through the characters instead of feeling they are being evangelized to through the writing. My characters mess up, make mistakes and fail, but they turn to God to lead them back to the truth. We can connect with them because we, as Christians, are them.
In my latest release, People Smarts and Wounded Hearts, I can relate a little too closely to my heroine, Callie Madison.
I was saved at a young age, but my walk with the Lord was not always the reflection of Christ I wish it had been. I thank Him daily for his grace and mercy and strive to temper my vision with the love for others that He has poured out on me… love that I can never deserve.
Callie, the main character in People Smarts and Wounded Hearts, made some mistakes in college, and now is trying to run from her past. She is a tad spoiled, a tad self-centered, but longs to be free of the guilt that weighs her down like a mantel of heavy armor, worn to protect her from letting her past hurt her again. Through her relationship with my hero, Honor Jacobs, the support of her family, and the circumstances that open her eyes to some hard-learned truths, she comes to find forgiveness from the Lord, and in turn, is able to forgive herself.
If you ever find yourself longing for a place where Christian friends, family and neighbors live out their faith by helping out those in need spiritually, physically and emotionally, I invite you to read Callie’s story and witness God working through everyday people to share his grace and mercy to his children.
People Smarts and Wounded Hearts is available on Amazon in eBook, paperback, and on Kindle Unlimited.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
KC Hart has been married to her best friend, who also happens to be her pastor, for 39 years. She has three adult daughters and four sweet grandchildren. She retired from a twenty-eight-year nursing career in 2019 and published her first book in 2020. She currently has an eight-book Christian cozy mystery series, a five-book Christian contemporary series, and two standalone novels.
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4 thoughts on “Fiction writing affects the way people think”
I love the message that both of you ladies send to the reading community through your books! I admire and respect that you stand for what is right no matter what while showing mercy and grace through it all!
Thank you for these sweet words. I so appreciate you sharing them with us!
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Wonderful post! Back in my homeschooling days, I read something along the lines of, “If you read things you shouldn’t read, listen to things you shouldn’t listen to, and watch things you shouldn’t watch, soon you’ll be doing things you shouldn’t do.” I was such a product of the 80’s movies and music I listened to (I wasn’t a reader back then.) I’m so grateful for books like KC’s and yours that point us to the truth rather than away from it.
Elaine, we obviously grew up at the same time 🙂 Not only do I remember that phrase, but I remember the moment of conviction to stand apart and begin filling my mind with those things that honored God. Thank you for this.