The next genre I want to look at is Historical fiction. While it’s not directly called a genre, the majority of novels based in past times is larger than any other, especially Christian fiction.
History is more of an adjective than a genre, since a genre is classified by the content of the book and the feelings it conveys. For example, if a book is action, but it’s set in the past, like in Roman times, then it would be called an historical action, or an historical romance if your novel is a romance story.
I’ve read quite a few good historical novels. Books like the Robe and Twice Freed are brilliant historical fiction novels based on Biblical times. What’s so great about these books is that they give a story between the lines of the Bible. Even though they may be fiction, historic novels just feel more authentic, more realistic, especially if set in Biblical times.
When writing Christian historical fiction set in Biblical times, we must make sure that it lines up with the Word of God, and shouldn’t deter from it. Your novel shouldn’t be a substitute to the Bible, it should magnify it.
Historical fiction is probably the most fascinating of them all, and should also be the most revered. In the writing process there’s one thing that often gets overlooked: Research. All novels require some degree of research, but historical fiction requires more than any other.
I myself have a desire to write a Biblical historic novel one day set in the times of Jesus. It will take a lot of research, because if it’s inaccurate, it will weaken the story, even if the plot is strong. What publishers look for in, not only historical, but also in every other genre, is accuracy. If your novel falters, readers will know. It will show that you didn’t put your all into your book, and it will show that you don’t know a lot about what you’re writing, and that will set you down as a writer.
So when writing historical fiction, or any kind of fiction, make sure you know what you’re doing and saying. The last thing you want is to look cheap, especially is you’re writing for God’s glory. If we’re to be ambassadors for Christ, we need to show our best.