So, I’ve been researching Inspirational fiction trends for an upcoming workshop. There are lots of them out there and I’ll be telling you about some of them in the upcoming weeks. Here goes!
Trend #1 Biblical Fiction
Biblical Fiction has been around for a long time. Paradise Lost by John Milton is one example. Ellen Gunderson Traylor wrote lots of it in the 80’s and 90’s. (Note: Pretty sure she wrote about Nephilim in Noah before anyone else.) Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent and Orson Scott Card’s Women of Genesis series are notable mainstream titles. Ooh and don’t forget Anne Rice’s brief foray with her Christ the Lord books!
Biblical fiction has never really slowed down, (My slightly comprehensive bibliography here) but I think there is a new interest in exploring Biblical settings and characters. Novels about Ruth, Rahab and Esther are pretty standard, but I’ve seen books about more obscure biblical figures recently.
For example, Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews is about Job’s wife and Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar is about the prophet Nehemiah’s cousin. Authors are also taking Biblical fiction in new directions.
Most Biblical fiction is written primarily for a female audience, but I have a feeling that Cliff Graham is going to change that. His Lion of War series about King David is dark, violent and pretty awesome. (My review here.) I’m betting we’ll start to see grittier, more realistic Biblical fiction. Which I think is pretty exciting!