Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Where Do the YIKES Come From?


Marcie with her latest reads. She even has Erica Vetch's new debut novel, A Bride's Portrait of  
Dodge City, Kansas included in her "to read" stack.

Everyday, people pick up books for entertainment, escape, and inspiration. Finding Christ-honoring books is no longer the challenge that it used to be. Christian Fiction boasts some of the best of today's literature. With a variety of genres from which to choose, readers can immerse themselves in stories of love, history, and contemporary fiction. Along the way, the suspense category of Christian Fiction has
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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

6 thoughts on “Where Do the YIKES Come From?

  1. Good question. The advice I've been given is to find where on the shelf of a bookstore my story should go, so yes, it needs to fit in a specific genre. And no. Those brave souls who write outside of the box (usually called speculative fiction, I think) are the ones who created all the current genres in the first place. And new ones move in an out all the time depending on whether they catch on or not. For the most part, though, with an untried author, publishers are rarely willing to put in all the time and money and work of putting a book together when the genre is unproven.In fact, they'll go to some of the large conferences looking for specific genres to spread out their lines. (And from what I understand, right now, romantic suspense is hot.)Thanks for visiting and I hope you took notes on the 5P above. You'll need them tomorrow!


  2. I've been writing a couple comparison essay's this week 😉 As an author do you worry about writing a story that does not clearly fit into a specific genre that can be marketed to a specific audience?


  3. You are most welcome, Camy! Your Deadly Intent is still one of my favorite books from my summer reading!


  4. Thanks for posting my cover! I have to admit that's my favorite cover from Love Inspired Suspense so far. I think because of the pink colors. 🙂


  5. So glad you found it valuable, Gwendolyn! Am hoping to delve into the realm of Romantic Suspense someday – the Lord directing!


  6. Very insightful information on the difference between sub-genres! Thanks for posting, Marji Laine! I learned something today. 🙂