Friday, October 24, 2008
Book Giveaway WEEK 9!!
This is the LAST week of the book giveaway. And the winner is Don. Congratulations! Email me your address at: heather at hbmoore dot com and I'll get your copy of Land of Inheritance mailed off.
Possibly as early as next Saturday (November 1st) my new book, Abinadi, will be in stores.
But before we end our 10 weeks of questions, I have one more . . . and you guessed it--it applies directly to the theme of Abinadi.
What would you give up for religion? Or even, what are you willing to give up for your religion.
I was born and raised in the LDS-faith, so we are expected to forego certain things like alcohol, coffee, strong drinks, tobacco, and live a moral life. Regardless of why we have chosen to follow a particular path, it can still be difficult. When my kids are driving me crazy, I can't go and take a smoke break. Or when I get in a fight with a family member (which of course never happens, cause I'm so nice), I can't have a beer.
On the flip side, I have lost friends and possibly national agents/publishers because of my religion. There is quite a prejudice that still exists out there about Mormons--which is pretty laughable since we call ourselves well-educated in America. And I even find myself not able to promote my books in bookstores because my work is "too Mormon"--even in Utah. I had a publicist try to get me booked on radio shows or tv shows and they all said the same thing. My books were too Mormon.
When I lived in Jerusalem, I went out on a couple of dates with a guy who was Jewish. There was nothing serious about it since we were a part of a large group of friends. But when his family found out that he liked me, they were appalled--and it all came down to the fact that his grandparents were holocaust survivors, and not only was I Christian, but I was Mormon. I remember the bumper stickers on cars in Jerusalem read: "Mormons go home."