Defining the Genre

As with defining any genre, there are problems with clearly outlining Christian historical novels. When does “historical” end, and “contemporary” begin? What about novels that are in part historical and contemporary? And what about historical fantasy; how much distortion of history is allowed before a book is more fantasy that historical?

I doubt that anyone will be completely happy with any distinct lines draw by a definition. Yet this website is meant to be purely enjoyable and not necessarily technical. Here I deem a novel is capable of being characterized as “historical”when it was written at least ten years after the event described. As long as part of the book falls into that description to me it is historical in my view. That includes recent historical fiction titles by authors such as Renee Riva and Elizabeth Musser, as well as contemporary/historicals like Susan Meissner. As for historical fantasy, Author-ian legends and similar from authors in kind to Stephen R. Lawheadand even cross-time dimensions as in The Sword of Lyric series from author Sharon Hinck are included in my book. One place where I seem to differ from some readers is that I also like to include Amish/Mennonite/Shaker Fiction under my encompassing title of Christian Historical Fiction.

In my opinion, reading Christian Historical Fiction is an escape. A journey into a world different from my own in time or place.

As for the Christian part… This website is meant to include any and all as long as it can be purchased in a physical book form. Most of the books mentioned are from CBA/ECPA, but we will entertain independently published, POD, or small press books. Be it an independent publisher or main Christian market, all is well as long as you can buy it and the message is there and intended by the author.

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