Category Archives: Mormon Literature

Goodreads, Give-Aways and Groveling

GTG bookA few weeks ago, Zion BookWorks released my new novel for middle readers Get that Gold!, book one in the Adventures of the Restoration series. I’m very excited to make LDS families aware that this book is out and the series, underway. My books (both Get that Gold! and Island of the Stone Boy) are up on Goodreads and I’m running a give-away of Get that Gold! through December 11th, 2013.   Continue reading

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Wanted: A New and Improved Feminism

So this woman shows up at the Facebook Mormon Women Writers page and asks an innocent question, something that noted the liberal bend of most posts and wondered aloud if this group was only for liberals. I made the assumption that this was a conservative Mormon woman, worrying that she might not fit in, so I sent her a private message, meant to encourage her participation. Turns out, she’s liberal and we had a brief conversation–mostly me “talking” as usual–in which I admitted to NOT being a Mormon feminist. Continue reading

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A Bit about Writing the Mormon Temple

Before I went through the temple for my own Initiatory work and Endowment, my fiance, a returned missionary who had frequented the local Provo temple often since his return, sat me down Continue reading

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What is the Mormon Sacred?

What a topic. How to approach and depict the sacred is something that has haunted artists throughout time. I’m very aware that I’m one little speck–one little known speck–in the artistic universe and that my take on the subject may be inconsequential to others. Still, approaching the sacred in written text is something I’ve contemplated for a very long time; something I’ve tried and erred doing; something at which I’ve achieved some level of success, or so I think. Continue reading

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On Writing the Mormon Sacred (A Cross-Post from Dawning of a Brighter Day)

Our culture is only as deep, or profound, as our art, and it may well be that our art only becomes these things as our artists isolate what is sacred to the human soul and elevate it for our examination.

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Catching Up

I’ve had a nice blog-cation. You’ll notice that I disappeared during most of October. I’m a Ranger’s fan. What can I say? No time to blog. I spent October writing each day as if October were my personal NaNoWrMo, and I spent my evenings glued to the television, watching nearly every game of the division championships, the American League Championship, and the World Series. Continue reading

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To Mormon Women who Write Literary Mormon Fiction, or to Mormon Men who Dare Write of Mormon Women

I admit I’m going to make some assumptions here. A lot of them actually. And I’m going to sound stereotypical and maybe even sexist. Continue reading

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A Few Words about Irreantum’s 2011 Fiction Winners

In case you haven’t heard, the top winners in Irreantum‘s fiction contest for this year are: Continue reading

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Advance Strategy

In a comment a couple posts back, Chris Bigelow mentioned his surprise at the degree of “advanced strategy” I use. As I’ve listened to and observed other writers, one thing I’ve noticed about my approach that is sometimes different from other writerly approaches is that I rarely just move on after finishing something. Some (my husband) would say I beat a project to death, especially if I have a sense something isn’t working, or even if I sense it should be working better. I guess I’m in the school that Continue reading

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