Perhaps my own flawed nature steers me to identify more with characters that lug around the heavy burden of their pasts. I suspect it could be the reason I found Hugh and Julia so compelling. Their hearts held secrets. Their former lives dictated their responses to current events. They knew pain. They had depth. Or […]
About Shawn CatsimanesJust so you don't get the wrong idea, there are two things you should know about me. First, I love, love, love fiction. Oh, I read other stuff – the Bible, self-help, Christian growth, business, and so on – but put a novel in my hand and I'm a happy camper. Second, I love happy endings. Don't give me a drop-off ending or a figure-it-out-yourself ending, or worst of all, a depressing or sad ending. I like my stories to come to their natural conclusion, which is, yes, sappily enough, the traditional happy ending. That being said, I mostly read mysteries and contemporary women's fiction. Maybe it's my stage of life, but that's what I like these days. I veer off into new territory every now and then, but I always come back to what I enjoy most. It's also what I like to write. When I can, I work on one of my three novels and occasionally churn out a short story or two. But my best roles are as wife to Andy, mother to Kris, Jeremy, Matthew, and Simone, and grandma to Kiana, Mica, Lourdes, Kassy, and Aiden. They keep me smiling.
Writers of Romantic Fiction must abide by certain conventions: Boy meets girl, conflict arises, the plot thickens (sorry about the cliché); boy and girl end up together. The Christian author may also intertwine a salvation message or spiritual growth component into the mix. I have long been an admirer of Robin Lee Hatcher, but had yet […]
"The local church is the hope of the world." Husband to Shawn. Dad to Matthew and Simone. Grandy to Kianna, Mica, Aiden, Cassie. Willing participant in the Divine Conspiracy. Colossians 3:1-17.