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Viktor Steiner

Joined Nov 17 2012
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Born and brought up in Jersey C.I. but half Swiss and now living in Switzerland, married to a Finn, 4 grown-up kids. I studied physics in London, worked in IT, now as a technical editor.

Recently, I got the crazy idea of writing a historical novel set on Elba in the sixth century. I want to build a subtle Christian message into the book but not promote it a a Christian novel.

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Reply Clare Weiner
4:38 AM on September 17, 2013 
Hi, Viktor,

I find this interesting: a lot of Christians who write express their desire to build in subtle messages, but not promote the work as a "Christian Novel'. It surely says something about the way we rate the Christian Novel that we shy away from our work being seen in that light! I guess we all know what we mean by the "CN" - they usually come from Bethany House or Zondervan, and they have 'no-go' areas around things like sex and swearing, are pro-life, often set in the past or based on the re-telling of a Bible 'story'. It somehow is also significant that most of us have read/watch films which are very much not like these novels. When we write, we feel that our CHristian message must be subtle, hidden, not out there: sometimes it is very hard to see it...'theme of redemption' or 'one overtly Christian character'.... I struggle with this, and the reason is, Today's Westerners more often than not have very sketchy if any real knowledge about God and CHrist. It;s hearsay, it's distorted by and in their culture, it's been debunked. Pretty much on my own, I think, (no, there are a few others, and I don't want to claim uniqueness or special status!!) I am trying to write fiction which is what might be called 'open and honest' fiction about Christians - and their struggles with the 21st cent society we live in. My feeling (which I can't push on people, but I do feel passionate about) is that we have to devise a way of being overtly what we are, unafraidedly, while also being acceptable to the mainstream. And tackling what is around us: especially the debunking and the reductionism. So, anyone out there going to wrtite a response? This could be a very interesting discussion and productive. I hope! Clare