Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Welcome Clint Smith and A Guest Post on "The Emergence of Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction"

Welcome Clint Smith, author of FAITH AND THE FORMULA, with a guest post describing a new type of genre that is currently gaining popularity.

The Emergence of Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction as a Genre

    In recent years, inspirational/faith-based novels have become very popular.  Readers want to be entertained but at the same time, they want to be inspired. A good story with identifiable characters can serve such a purpose.  At Christmas time, inspirational novels are ideal gifts because they make a good platform for reflection about the love of God and the blessings of life.
    To me, the most successful faith-based novels have a grounded reality about theplot.   A too sugary and sweet tone can turn the reader away.  Readers appreciate characters that experience trials and difficulties that are similar to their own challenges.  Additionally, if you create a page-turning plot with unpredictable twists and turns, the ingredients are complete for a popular novel.
     I believe that my novel, FAITH AND THE FORMULA, will entertain, stimulate serious discussion about important topics in society, and inspire deep reflection about our relationship to God and our future.  It will be ideal for a book club discussion, Sunday school, or Bible study group.

FAITH AND THE FORMULA is available for purchase at 


Tim Jennings searches for his fiancĂ©e who presumably died in a tragic accident, but he believes that she is still alive – her body never recovered.  His search leads him headlong into a subversive underground organization dedicated to toppling the U.S. government.  The organization plans to implement a mysterious medical formula that halts the aging process to accomplish its evil goals. While Tim confronts evil, he struggles with his own faith.  What will be the outcome?   
A unique plot line in Christian fiction, the content will surely capture the fancy of hungry faith-oriented readers.  Set initially in Atlanta, Savannah, and Chattanooga, the story is briskly paced.  The setting shifts to Denmark, Germany, and then back to the United States, ending with climactic scenes in St. Augustine, Florida.

Biography of Clint Smith

Clint Smith lives in Dawsonville, Georgia.  He is a writer, businessman, and a member of the Georgia Air National Guard, assigned to State Headquarters at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia.  A former legislator in the Georgia General Assembly, Smith has written many newspaper columns, speeches, and other works on political, public policy, historical, and military subjects.  

An ordained deacon, Clint Smith is a member of First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Georgia.  He is also the former chairman of the board of directors of the Chestatee Library System in Dahlonega, Georgia. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Georgia State University (minor in management).  He earned an associate degree in applied science from the Community College of the Air Force as well as a diploma in Writing for Children and Teenagers from the Institute of Children’s Literature in Redding Ridge, Connecticut.  A classic film buff, Clint Smith specializes in writing and speaking on the movies of Alfred Hitchcock.  He is currently working on his next project, a science fiction novel set in Alaska.

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