Communicating Your Values

by Andy ScheerAndy Scheer 2014 12 16 crop

You needn’t hammer home your moral.

If you want your fiction to drive home a message, focus on something else.

Recently I’ve re-visited Aaron Elkins’s mysteries series featuring forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver. Each resonates with certain themes.

As with any classic mystery, there’s a quest for justice and truth.

But other chords resonate: the value of friendship and the pleasures of exotic travel, well-prepared food, and the comforts of home.

Underneath runs an even stronger testament to marriage. These aren’t romance novels, but they show a married couple deeply in love. Gideon and Julie argue and reconcile, they share chores and ideas. Especially they complete one another — serving as examples more memorable than most sermons on Ephesians 5.

There’s nothing here to threaten a reader whose marriage fires don’t burn as warmly. Just an invitation to enjoy the glow with their spouse.

All while discovering whodunnit.

About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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