I was e chatting with a friend recently, on the subject of writing styles. A memory surfaced, and I remembered a woman who read my first novel commenting, "Your writing style took me back to when I used to read Grace Livingston Hill." She continued to say, she enjoyed my writing and was certainly going to read more of my novels. At the time, I didn't give it much thought.
Looking in my book room, I came across several Grace Livingston Hill novels, which I read long ago. In refreshing my memories with her books, I find them to be down-to-earth and laced with messages about finding the path to the Lords mercy. I rediscovered her easy to read novels, the type of book you can relax with and not have to scrutinize every other word or wonder what the authors is trying to convey.
I don’t mind if my novels remind book lovers of Grace Livingston Hill, as a matter of fact, I'm flattered. Not because she was from a different era, but because of what her works stood for. I read this section from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Livingston_Hill
Good and Evil
Hill's messages are quite simplistic in nature: good versus evil. As Hill believed the Bible was very clear about what was good and evil in life, she reflected that cut-and-dried design in her own works. She wrote about a variety of different subjects, almost always with a romance worked into the message and often essential to the return to grace on the part of one or several characters.
If her clear-cut descriptions of evil in man and woman were Hill’s primary subjects in her novels, a secondary subject would always be God’s ability to restore. Hill aimed for a happy, or at least satisfactory, ending to any situation, often focusing on characters' new or renewed faith as impetus for resolution.
Grace Livingston Hill (April 16, 1865 — 1947) was an early 20th-century novelist and wrote under her real name, and the pseudonym Marcia Macdonald. She wrote over 100 novels and numerous short stories.
Simplicity is the word that pretty much sums me up, in writing, and in life. The books I scribe will not list as scholarly classics. Nevertheless, I don’t write minimal stories. My novels are easy to understand, but that doesn't mean they're voided of adult knowledge or phrases well-educated people use.
The books I compose reflect a personal style of rural living, with a belief just like Ms. Hill's, the Bible is a guide for right and wrong, and Jesus Christ will always forgive.
As far as I'm concerned, I will gladly follow in the footsteps of Grace L. Hill. I will write to shine a light on the Lord and his salvation, after all Jesus came in his simplicity to save the world, and that is the most sophisticated thing anyone has done in two-thousand years.
Authors, what’s your writing style?
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