Author Archives: Annette Lyon

Mormon LitCrit: Why It’s Worth Reading “Hard” Subjects

Several years ago, I was a member of a pretty remarkable ward book club. We read a variety of titles, not limiting ourselves to just national titles, just genre fiction, just LDS fiction, or even to just fiction. We had … Continue reading

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The Populist’s Soapbox: LDS Fiction: It’s Not Just LDS Anymore

Last week a Deseret News reporters interviewed me about Band of Sisters and the Flat Daddy Project. I’ve done several interviews recently, but this particular reporter asked something no one had yet. Her question, and my answer to it, have … Continue reading

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Electronic Age: Twitter + History = My Writer Muscles Are Sore

I’m a novelist. Fiction is what I have loved to write since about second grade. My first publications were with magazine and newspaper articles, and I still freelance on the side. I’ve added blogging to my list of types of … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Desk: When Messages Show Up

In my last post, I ranted (who, me? rant?) about writers who put a message before the story, how messages in books will come across more powerfully if they aren’t put there intentionally. How I hated people asking what message … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Desk: More on Messages and Agendas

I’m admitting upfront that I’m stealing this topic from J. Scott Bronson. His last post was titled, “There’s Always a Message,” and it struck a chord with me. Back in my early teenage years, my older sister, then an English … Continue reading

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The Populist’s Soapbox: Not Milton or Shakespeare, But Working on It

I’ll be the first to admit that the body of literature written by Latter-day Saints hasn’t yet reached the classic prophecy of Orson F. Whitney that we’d have “Miltons and Shakespeares of our own.” On the other hand, we’ve come … Continue reading

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