Faith & Fiction – Books, Writing & Inspiration

After going on a long hunt for a good book to read, I’ve finally decided to give Christian fiction a go. I thought in my mind, at least, I could enjoy a good book without the guilt – no erotic material, no excessive cussing, nothing.

Fortunately, in reading my first Christian fiction book, I did find that all those things were absent – but sadly, it didn’t take too long for another disappointing realization to hit: faith and fiction don’t always mix well.

Now personally as a writer, my faith influences most, if not all of what I write. It’s hardly even a choice for me. It simply comes naturally. In fact, most of what I write could very well be classified as Christian fiction. What is truly alarming to me is that there are some Christian-themed works that could very well be classed as heretical, and I myself become so confused even reading them.

That aside, my current project Daydreams & Disguises is a Christian/ inspirational fiction novel in and of itself, (no shameless promotion here – really) so I have nothing against the genre. In fact, my issues with it are usually a product of my own poor judgement and book selection skills. I started writing because I wanted to inspire others, and my faith has always been instrumental in this. Naturally I am drawn to books that incorporate these elements, though admittedly, I’ve yet to find any of the sort.

Nonetheless, I am still hopeful that I will find something in this genre that I can enjoy.


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Beyond my reading troubles, I’ve found that being this kind of writer comes with a big burden – finding somewhere you belong. Now as a Christian/ inspirational writer, I know I know there is nothing unique about me.

What I do know is how frustrating it can be to figure out where exactly you fall into the world of literature. Often times I feel there is a pressure to just do what every other writer does, only injecting my faith into my work from time to time if I so desire. Unfortunately for me, that just does not work.

Now I don’t consider my work to be targeted towards Christians only. I consider my work to be for anyone willing to read it. But in the world of literature, to make this kind of work fit seems almost impossible.

These days, I’ve decided to just let go and write – regardless of what my prospects are. Call me stubborn, but I’d rather stay true to my message than give into the pressure. I can’t tell you that this has been easy for me. All I can say is that it has been incredibly liberating, and I would not have it any other way.



 

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My Writing Life – Books, Edits, Updates

It has just dawned upon me that I have been blogging for over a year now. Originally, I had come here as a naive 17 year old who’d just self-published a poetry book and felt completely lost. Suddenly the excitement I’d originally felt publishing my first book had diminished to the mere thought, “Maybe I didn’t think this through.”

As I continued blogging, I find myself able to be as honest and open as I please, whilst sharing my work with the world. As of lately, I find myself conflicted – in love with both blogging & novel writing. I must confess that I’ve spent much of my time blogging and neglecting the very reason I started this blog – that is, sharing stories.

That said, I’ve been doing quite a lot of work behind the scenes. Just recently, I have made some edits to the book that started this all – Human – and have shaped it to match my current style, including a few photographs as well.

 

Currently, I am editing my novel, Daydreams & Disguises. I am also working on offering Human along with a short story ebook both permanently for free reading. Getting back to the basics, I will also be spending some time on Goodreads to be able to connect with other readers & writers.

Now the question is, why all the changes? Well, the answer is simple. I desire a sense of independence, and long for the days I could simply share stories & connect with readers. Through this blog, I feel I have already done this, but would like share some more lengthy & meaningful stories with you all, as I feel these stories are reveal much more about me as an author.

All that aside, at the end of the day, I write because I love it. My poems, stories & ramblings will always be here for your pleasure. Feel free to drop a comment or send an email my way!

❤ DainelleWrites

Book Review: Purple Hibiscus

Purple Hibiscus, a novel by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is centered around a young Nigerian teen, Kambili Achike. The book explores economic and political problems in a postcolonial Nigeria, but focuses mostly on religion.

Raised in a strict Catholic household, both Kambili and her younger brother, Jaja, are subjected to routine, discipline and severe punishment if there are any diversions from such. However, a clear distinction can be made when Kambili and Jaja experience a change in environment.

When the two are allowed to spend some time with Aunty Ifeoma and their cousins, they begin to see the world in a whole new light. Although both households shared common beliefs, the environment was much more relaxing and less stifling that what Kambili and Jaja had been accustomed to. Eventually, Kambili finds love, while Jaja becomes more rebellious in nature. Little did they know that this visit would completely change their lives forever.Eventually, Kambili’s family life begins to deteriorate as her father, Eugene, becomes more and more violent.

The course of events allowed the author to highlight how much of an effect their upbringing had on them through their interactions with other family members. The novel touches controversial subjects, such as religion and abuse, whilst being careful not to offend, as the contrast between the two households proves that the real problem was Eugene’s own psychological state rather than his belief system.

Rating: 8/10

My First Book – Giveaway!

Free eBook Deal from March 14-18!

So a little over two months ago, I published my first book. To celebrate, I’ve decided to do a giveaway! This book consists of only 16 poems, so it’s a fairly quick read. If you’re a poetry lover and are interested, feel free to ‘grab’ a free copy and leave a review (only if you want to, of course).

Link: Human

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“Human,” is a poetry book which explores the flawed nature of the human race and how it causes conflict both among and within ourselves. It touches several topics, including narcissism, perfectionism and elitism. Its aim is to provoke introspection and realization of one’s own flawed thinking, opening the doors to change.

Publishing My First Book

Publishing my first book…sigh

It was exactly what I expected: no sales, no readers, no interest; nothing. To top it all off, it’s all my fault: bad promotion, amateur mistakes, poor attitude; combine all of that, and what you have is disaster.

But strangely, I’m happy, because I’m learning. I’m making all the mistakes, and I’m learning from them. I’m growing. I’m getting stronger. I’m having doubts, but I still persevere because if I allowed all my doubters to win (including myself), then I’d never be able to forgive myself.

At the end of the day, I know why I write, and who I write for. I write because I love to. I write for me.