Saturday, June 02, 2007

Frequently Asked Questions -- Why Didn't You Go National?

I have a page on my website with some of my most frequently asked questions. But I'd like to address more than I've addressed on the site, and think this is a pretty good place to do it until I get around to asking my webmaster to update the page for me.

The question I'm answering today has been asked many times, by readers and by fellow authors. My fiction is based on world history, and so has a world-wide appeal. Why, then, didn't I choose to go national with my books?

I love the LDS market. I love being able to speak freely about the things I believe and to incorporate those beliefs into the lives of my characters. It's true that there are Mormons mentioned in national literature, but never with the freedom we have in this market to just let it all hang out, as it were.

Furthermore, I strongly and truly feel that the power in my writing comes from following my gut, and when my gut is writing about something I believe to be true, it translates into a better book.

So, in a nutshell, that is why I chose to write for the LDS market instead of going national. I might, at some point, go national, but this is where I belong for now. I want the freedom to share my testimony of Christ, and until the national market is ready for Mormon stories, this is where I'll be.

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