My third novel. I’m so proud of this one–it’s based off a short story of mine from almost ten years ago. I wrote it for a family member who is deeply closeted with no sign of coming out, and honestly, for myself and for other LGBT Mormons I knew. Over the next few months, I’ll have a lot to say about how the LDS church treats its LGBTQ members (short story: it’s not good) and how I tried to walk the line between being respectful of the members of a religion who are just doing their best and openly criticising rules and mindsets that are doing real damage to a significant number of people.
For the record, Utah is leading the nation in teen suicide, and the vast majority of those teens are LGBTQ. It’s a horrific statistic. I feel like now more than ever a book that depicts the reality of life as a devout Mormon and how challenging coming out can be (with both positive and negative outcomes), this book needs to be. And it is!
May 18th. You can currently pre-order AND IT CAME TO PASS at Target, as they’re using our publishing house, Interlude Press, to “test” the market for literature featuring LGBTQ protagonists. And even better, they’re offering it at a massive discount off the cover price as a pre-order (with no detriment to me or my publisher!).
Stay tuned, and in particular look for “Mormon Mondays” with upcoming podcasts, interviews, and more.
RTCon is a business convention and fan convention rolled into one, and I was fortunate enough to have it happening in my backyard, as it was held in Dallas this year. I’m still processing all of the great stuff I learned (and more importantly, trying to track down all of the amazing people I met and spoke with–say hi if it’s you!) but I’ll leave you with a shot of their giant yet shockingly well organized Book Fair held on Saturday.
For the thousands of readers who came, this whole schmole ran like clockwork. Other cons could learn a lot from them re: wristbands and organizing signings for heavy hitters like Sandra Brown and Meg Cabot. I had the two best table mates possible, and more on them later! Photo Courtesy of RT Convention.
Or as I’m calling it: White People Pad Thai. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but it’s definitely a quickie little cheat of a dish. Plus, once you’re done with all the chopping, it’s finishedÂ in less than 20 minutes. Pretty swell for a school night.
PLEASE KNOW THIS IS THE PRETTIEST FOOD PICTURE I’VE EVER TAKEN. [I’m a middle child. I need encouragement.]
- 12 oz. linguine noodles [note this isn’t a full package. I DON’T KNOW WHY EITHER.]
- 4 C broth [I used chicken]
- 1/2 C water
- 1 TBSP brown sugar [how come you taste so good? I say YEAH! Yeah! Yeah! WHOO!]
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 TBSP tamarind paste [pretty important. If you don’t have any, 1 TBSP vinegar, but it won’t taste quite right]
- 1 TBSP soy sauce
- 1 TBSP fish sauce [mmmmmmmm]
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- shot of Sriracha (more like half a bottle, amirite?]
- 2 TBSP peanut butter
- 2 inches of ginger root, chopped into thin disks
- 1 large carrot, peeled, matchsticked
- 1 red bell pepper, peeled, matchsticked
- 3 green onions, sliced in half lengthwise then cut in 2 inch sections
- 1/2 C roasted chopped salted peanuts, plus more for garnish
- big ol’ lime
- handful of cilantro IF YOU LIKE THE DEVIL’S SHOWER DRAIN FLAVOR