First order of business: Utah Expectations
My second novel has been out for over a year now. The feedback has been mostly positive, but it did rub some people the wrong way. The first question I'm always asked is if the story is true. I struggle with this question because all books are true on some level. Are there potential Mormon missionaries experiencing crisis of faith? Absolutely. But the characters and the plot in my book are completely fictional. They were dreamt up by me, and then put to paper (not by looking in a hat, mind you) in an attempt to purge myself of pent up frustration or ill will I was harboring toward a climate I once despised but have now learned to embrace.
Some people have been offended by my novel. It deserves to be known that I never set out to offend anyone or belittle Mormonism. Utah Expectations was simply my feeble attempt to show the struggle one endures when he tries to convince himself of something he knows is a lie. We've all been there, and know that I'm not confining this rant to the spectrum of religion. Whether it's religion, politics, friendship, romance, etc., we've all tried to force the square peg into the round hole. Some of us have even convinced ourselves that it fits. And for those of you who have, I hope you're blessed with an ignorance that can transcend any amount of logic and common sense. But for those of you who gave up the struggle only to find yourself with a plethora of more seemingly daunting problems, know that you're not alone. Others have felt what you're feeling too. It's a struggle, but it's one worth fighting, and I hope to hell that if you read my book, it gave you a split second of reassurance that it's better to be defined by the choices you made, rather than the ones you didn't.
That was the motivation behind my silly little book. A better writer would have conveyed my attempt more eloquently, but I was reduced to the tools of my craft. I inspired some, alienated some, and bored others, but regardless of the category you fell in to, thank you.
Until next time...