Missionary Fiction?

June 2, 2011 · 4 comments

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Quick question, do you know if lds publishers are interested in fictional stories about missionaries?

Of course. Why wouldn’t they be? As long as it’s well-written and not preachy, has intriguing characters that readers can relate to, an interesting plot line, and upholds LDS beliefs and standards, most LDS publishers will give it a look.

There’s even some precedent for interest by national publishers. I know there are some I’ve heard of recently but Google is not my friend today. The only one I can recall off the top of my head is Charlotte’s Rose by A.E. Cannon published by Wendy Lamb Books (imprint of Random House).

[Readers, if you can think of some other titles of fiction with LDS characters published by national publishers, leave the titles in the comments section.]

Just remember, good fiction needs to be good fiction. No one wants a preachy book or a thinly disguised version of the missionary discussions. It has to be real.

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~T~ June 2, 2011 at 10:38 am

In Mandy Hubbard's Epic Post on Trends, she reported that:

"Characters of other races, religions, etc, are high on the priority list, as most eds want to see more diversity. One thing, though, is that in many cases they want a book about a character who happens to be black, or jewish, or in a wheel chair, not a book about a character’s identity as it relates to those specific things."

Perhaps engaging LDS characters could fit the bill!

Donna K. Weaver June 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I like what ~T~ says. And with two potential presidents candidates who have connections to the Church, there's certainly some curiosity out there.

Anonymous June 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm

TAKEN BY STORM by Angela Morrison published by RazorBill (Penquin imprint)

BACK WHEN YOU WERE EASIER TO LOVE by Emily Wing Smith published by Dutton (another Penguin imprint, I believe)

Jennifer June 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

The "Other Side of Heaven" is a story about John H. Groberg on his mission to the Pacific Islands. Recently it was made into a movie.

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