Why Re-Write The Mormon Mirage

Zondervan asked me to explain why on this interview:  Zondervan Interviews Latayne C Scott   For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today (Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading...

Novel Matters — a new blog for fiction lovers

My agent, Janet Grant of Books & Such, gathered up seven of her clients who write — and love to discuss — what one author calls “richly-crafted, sumptuous fiction.”  Janet is launching a new blog featuring those seven clients:     Upper left is Debbie Fuller Thomas, whose debut novel, Tuesday Night at the Blue Moonreleased June 1, 2008. Upper Center is Patti Hill, whose latest novel, The Queen of Sleepy Eye just released in September. Upper right is Sharon K. Souza, whose latest, Lying on Sunday, also released in September. Center left is Bonnie Grove, whose novel, Talking to the Dead will release in 2009. Center, um” center is Jennifer Valent, whose first novel, Fireflies in December, will also release in...

Moody Publishers’ Information on Latter-day Cipher

Here’s what Moody has in their online catalogue about my new book (I added the release date, so don’t hold them to that yet):   When rebellious Utah socialite Kirsten Young is found murdered in Provo Canyon with strange markings carved into her flesh and a note written in 19th century code, questions arise about the old laws of the Mormon Church. Journalist Selonnah Zee is assigned the story””which quickly takes on a life of its own. Even before the first murder is solved several more victims appear, each one more mysterious than the last. Adding to a slew of other distractions, Selonnah”‘s cousin Roger has recently converted and is now a public spokesperson for the Mormon faith. But paradoxically, Roger”‘s wife,...

Branding Statement

I recently attended a retreat held for all the clients of my agent, Janet Kobobel Grant of Books & Such Literary Agency.  At this retreat, Jeanette Thomason of Waterbrook Press encouraged us to each develop a branding statement.  I’d like feedback before I submit this to my publishers.  What do you think? I pull an amorphous issue forward until it resolves into its face.  Then I put my face right up against it and talk to it. I take all comers– the monolith of Mormonism, the challenge of writing truthful fiction, the bittersweet contradictions of faith in a mysterious and often terrifying God of love. I look them all straight in the eye. — Latayne C. Scott The Mormon Mirage (Zondervan) Latter-day Cipher (Moody) Prisca’s Epistle The...