Would writers even exist if there was no sin?

In my psychological thriller Last Deadly Lie, even the preacher gets caught up in a little sin or two.

What makes a villain a villain without surrounding himself with a little sin?

I hear them everywhere I go.

In Church pews on Sunday morning.

Inside tents on Saturday nights where we find out hell is hotter than an East Texas August.

On the radio late at night.

They’re against us.

They’re ganging up on us.

They’re out to get us.

Some are fundamentalist.

Some are mainstream.

Some are in Bible churches by the side of the road.

It doesn’t matter.

Writers beware!

Preachers don’t like us.

They all have the same message.

They all have the same motives.

And we are targets in their crosshairs.

If you’re a writer, preachers are trying to shut you down.

Burn your books.

Shred your manuscripts.

Exorcise your imagination.


Preachers are against sin.

Preachers want to stomp out sin.

Preachers want to rid the world of sin.

But if writers lose sin, what else is there to write about?

After all, the Bible is full of it.

David had an affair with his general’s wife.

David had the general killed.

Good plot.

Good story.

Novelists have worked it to death.

Paul is a murderer.

He is a villain’s villain.

He’s feared.

He’s a dangerous man.

But he sees a vision in a burning bush.

He’s a changed man, and suddenly he fights to save the ones he once condemned to death.

Good plot.

Good story.

Novelists have worked it to death.

What’s a good mystery without a little sin?

What’s a good romance without a little sin, either real or imagined?

Erotica is full of it.

Erotica thinks it invented sin.

Maybe it did.

How many planets can you conquer without a little sin?

Most wars are triggered with one or two.

Even Mother Goose is filled with evil deeds.

What makes a villain a villain without surrounding himself with a little sin?

How does the hero whip the villain without falling prey to a little sin?

Don’t worry, you think.

It can’t be sin.

The bad guy deserved what he got.

That’s the problem with the Ten Commandments.

There’s no amendment in small print at the end that says: It’s all right to break one if the bastard deserves what he gets.

So face it.

Sin is sin.

And the preachers are against it.

Preachers want to end it.

Stand on the mountaintop and wash our sins away.

If they do, I’m afraid writers are out of business.

Of course, if preachers end sin, they’re out of business, too.

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  • I don’t understand why people listen to preachers who are so clearly in it for themselves, and turn out to be such a terrible example in their own private lives. Cargo cult mentality – appease the ones who seem to be in power, and it will rub off on you?

    • Caleb Pirtle

      Alicia: So many are desperate and at the end of their rope. Preachers are always willing to sell them another inch of rope. Next week, they will sell you another.

  • Sally Berneathy

    I try to behave myself most of the time. Well, some of the time. Okay, occasionally! A few weeks ago we had guests, Matt’s friends, so I was trying. When one of the husbands berated his wife for watching Sopranos…”I can’t believe you go to church every Sunday and say you love Jesus, but you watch people killing other people!” After a few minutes of this, I said, “You probably don’t want to talk to me or be around me because I just killed my second husband, and I killed the third one several times. What’s more, I get paid for killing people!”

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