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Weaving Messages into Your Books
by Stephanie Faris
When I read Megan’s book Captives, I was struck by the way she got a very important message across without taking away from her story. Readers know when an author is being preachy and they’ll quickly turn away. If you can weave your message into a story in an entertaining way, readers will actually learn…and maybe even become passionate about the subject, as well.
In that sense, I think writers of inspirational fiction have a lot in common with children’s writers. There’s an art to working your message in, whether it’s the battle against sex trafficking or the importance of adopting a pet from a rescue shelter. In both Megan’s book and mine, we use the “show, don’t tell” method of storytelling, which fiction writers are taught from the day we first write “Chapter One” on a new book.
Fiction is like real life. People respond to the examples we see. Someone is more likely to find religion after seeing how it has impacted someone else’s life, for instance. You’re more likely to join a weight loss program if you see how it’s helped a friend or coworker lose weight. Children are especially impressionable and can pick up on the examples they read in books and see in movies.
If children or teens might be reading your book, one of the best things you can do is create characters who are good examples to those young readers. I grew up reading Stephen King and Danielle Steel, so you never know who might be learning from the stories you create. I’m sure my view of the world was shaped by the books I read as a youth, and I only hope it was in a good way!
In addition to making your writing more powerful, “show, don’t tell” also keeps you from being preachy. Megan’s book proves that you can cover any issue in an entertaining, interesting way that will inspire readers and make them want to learn more about that subject. Take something you believe in and find a way to work it into a story. You never know who might be reading!
Piper Morgan Joins the Circus
By Stephanie Faris
Piper helps some four-legged friends find the perfect home in the third book of the brand-new Piper Morgan series.
Piper is super excited to help out at Bark Street, a local animal shelter in town. Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by adorable puppies and dogs all day? And when Piper sees Taffy, the cutest dog she has ever seen, Piper is determined to find a way to bring Taffy home. But it won’t be easy—especially when she finds out someone else wants to make Taffy a part of their family, too!
Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.
Stephanie is the Simon & Schuster author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the upcoming Piper Morgan series. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive.
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