Most Christian authors I know are married. Ditto for their readers. So why not fictional characters?
A few weeks ago I moderated a webinar that novelist DiAnn Mills taught about adding elements of romance to other genres. While she provided good content, she concentrated onattraction between characters who were single.
Why not married romance? It can happen. During a break in the webinar as I gave a voiceover message about services from the Christian Writers Guild, DiAnn stayed on camera and her husband, Dean, brought her chocolates and a rose.
Perhaps in the eyes of the publishing industry, married love isn’t worth writing about.
I know a few authors who’ve had novels published about married couples. In the CBA market about fifteen years ago, the late Stephen Bly and his wife, Janet, wrote the Hidden West series about a tightly married couple. In the general market, Clive Cussler and co-writer Grant Blackwood introduced in 2009 a series featuring a pair of globetrotting treasure hunters along the lines of the 1930s Thin Man series with Nick and Nora Charles.
Indie author Heather Day Gilbert recently tried to interest CBA houses with a historical series and a contemporary series featuring a married protagonist, but repeatedly found her stories didn’t quite fit the industry boxes.
There have to be more examples out there. If general market authors can make a killing with stories about vampires, is it too much of a fantasy for CBA authors to find a way to write believable stories about characters who are happily married?