In the June 30 issue of World Magazine, the late novelist Flannery O'Connor was "interviewed" regarding her thoughts on Christian fiction. This "interview" was taken from her Mystery and Manners, which was published in the 1960s. World Magazine calls it "an exceptionally clear book that reads almost as if the author were answering questions." Amazing to see that the issues of her day are not far from our own.
Note this excerpt:
O'CONNOR: The novelist is required to open his eyes on the world around him and look. If what he sees is not highly edifying, he is still required to look. . . . What he sees at all times is fallen man perverted by false philosophies. Is he to reproduce this? Or is he to change what he sees and make it, instead of what it is, what in the light of faith he thinks it ought to be . . . to 'tidy up reality'?
Read this intriguing full article here.
This week's CFBA Blour: Remembered, by Tamera Alexander (third in the Fountain Creek Chronicles)
Tammy is a good pal of mine and an excellent author. For all the awards and kudos she's garnered, you'd think she had a slew of books out. Nope. Remembered is only her third. (I could tell you stories about the crazy plots Tammy didn't write--thank goodness--but we won't go there.) Tammy has won multiple awards, including Romance Writers of America’s 2007 RITA® for Best Inspirational Romance, the 2007 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, 2007 Bookseller’s Best, and Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction of 2006. In addition, her books have received acclaim from Library Journal, True West Magazine and Historical Novels Review. And Rekindled, her very first novel, made the CBA fiction bestseller list.
Check out Tammy's website for chances to win a three-volume set of her Fountain Creek Chronicles.
I highly recommend Remembered for those who enjoy historical romance. Tammy's writing just gets better and better. She has a beautiful use of language and multi-layered characters. This gal's goin' places.