"Now and Forever"
Featured Song: “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” by Journey
Music is an
integral part of my writing. I discovered it accidentally many years before I
got a book published. Sometimes it’s like the Twilight Zone when it happens.
(And it’s going to come up a lot in our book discussions.) There I was, minding
my own business behind the wheel, listening to the car radio. I always liked
this song by Journey. But suddenly I’m hearing it and seeing Michael driving
dangerously fast across the flat Australian landscape. He was hurt and angry.
He’d done it after Emily had first left him, and he was doing it again—only this
time his bad habit was going to get him into a great deal of trouble. And if the
lyrics don’t fit perfectly, I’m not the queen of writing Mormon soap
Some of my LDS novels have dealt with issues that are universal,
such as domestic violence, cancer, rape, disabilities, etc. But some of them
face challenges that are exclusive to our religious beliefs, and our culture.
This is one of those books. The main conflict regards the fact that Michael is
not sealed to Emily, and he’s terrified of losing her. It’s a situation unique
to Mormonism and it requires a great deal of faith for those who are faced with
it. The story answers the questions as far as it’s possible to answer them while
in this mortal life. I’ve received many letters from people who have dealt with
the same issue, and it’s nice to know the story made a difference for them.