If I was sitting in a Proverbs 31 Woman’s Support Group, I’d be compelled to raise my hand and confess: “My name is Rhonda McKnight and I don’t like to cook.” Seriously, not cooking seems to epidemic among authors, for I’ve read many author interviews where this has been said. But while I don’t care to cook, I can cook and I have some items on my list that are best prepared by me. When I want good fried chicken, I fry it. When I want the best macaroni and cheese, I put it together and bake it. When I want to eat greens until I’m green on the inside, I season them up. If I want really good truffles, I melt some chocolate and roll them. What does this have to do with Christian fiction? It has everything to with why I read it. I write what’s inside of me and I read what I want inside of me. I’ve heard some authors who write Christian novels say that don’t get to read their peers books and I think that’s mostly because writers don’t have as much time to read, because well, we’re…writing. While I make it a policy never judge what or how much anyone is choosing to read, I have to read Christian fiction. It’s like those greens I crave.
My stories are my own brand of chicken and chocolate. I take the ingredients of an idea and season it just right so it may be enjoyed. When I’m finished, even I want to gobble it up. And while they come from me, they are not stories I’ve lived in my life. The chronicles of Samaria Jacobs in An Inconvenient Friend and What Kind of Fool are pure fiction. I am glad I don’t know a mistress who would be so bold as to walk up in the church seeking out her lover’s wife in order to steal the woman’s husband. Scandalous! And my baby sister would surely not have the nerve to call me up and ask me to help her plan her wedding if she was marrying my EX! Girl, NO! Breaking All The Rules is not my life, but the themes of faith and forgiveness and the angst of God I don’t know what’s next, but I trust you completely are my life. They are my emotions and they are my journey. They are the seasoning I use to make that story just right. So, I write Christian fiction for you and hope while you are surely entertained by the drama that ensues in each and every chapter, I also pray that you find a little “peace” of Jesus between the pages. I read Christian fiction, because I am just like you, my reader, seeking God’s best for my heart and soul. Like good macaroni and cheese, I want to finish a book and say, “Ooo wee! Jesus that was good.”