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“People…read because they want to understand the world in which they live.” Interview with Tiffany Odekirk

This interview is part of the Love, Sidelined Blog Tour. Read here to check out my thoughts on the book and enter the giveaway hosted by the publisher. What compelled you to write a novel with Mormon Characters in it? It’s not the “in” thing to do in any market right now. Were you ever discouraged by the fact that there are so few opportunities to publish Mormon-themed fiction?  You are definitely correct about LDS-themed contemporary romance being a “niche” market. To my knowledge, there are only three publishing houses that will even look at LDS-specific fiction, and of those …

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Four things I loved about Love, Sidelined by Tiffany Odekirk

Thanks to Covenant I get to feature Love, Sidelined by Tiffany Odekirk on the blog today. Make sure you enter the giveaway sponsored by them at the end of this post. Jason is a college football player trying to keep his pre-mission lifestyle in the past.  He tries to prove to his teammates, family, and self that he is a new person. Can he do that and keep playing football? Allie is a brave cheerleader trying to put her life back together after an assault. Finding a new faith saved her, but also broke her family apart. Does she have …

Essays Mormon Literature

Turn yourself into a Mormon literature curator for your local community

I’ve discovered the coolest thing ever. The Library Item Request. Seriously.  World changing! Did you know that you can walk into your library and make suggestions as to what books they purchase for your community? Did you know that they will listen to you? I’m living proof. I have personally, as of this moment, curated a collection of Sarah M. Eden novels for my local community. The first time I made an item request, I felt like I had to convince the library that it was worth their time. I’m a Mormon who lives in Pennsylvania and we’re a rare …

Essays Mormon Literature

An Essay about Anita–

I can sense the eye rolls now. Anita Stansfield is not considered a great literary writer. She’s scoffed at for writing cheesy romance novels. She’s an example, for some people, of all that is wrong with LDS fiction–melodramatic, preachy, bad writing. I’d go far as to say these accusations are not all baseless. I’ve read around 28 of her 72+ published titles. So, basically, all of her early work. It would be entirely believable that her weaknesses have improved over the course of 40 novels. So, take these opinions in that context. Notwithstanding, Anita’s reputation for writing the type of …