Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Saturday, January 19, 2008

A Teaser

I have new contest information that I will post tomorrow. Be on the lookout for how you can enter!

And woo-hoo on being nominated for a Whitney alongside Stephenie Meyer! Now, I know there's no way I could ever possibly win, but can I even tell you how much fun it is just to say that I've been nominated for the same award as Stephenie Meyer? My teenage sister's friends at school decided that this makes me so completely cool. Not that any of them will read my books, but they're happy for the quasi-two degrees of separation.


At 1/20/2008 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What really interests me is use of imagery concerning Lamanites. It is obvious that the image of woman and man is making the dark-skinned people out to be "wicked." This might ring true for your beliefs but it certainly is not worth perpetuating this stereotype today. Fiction like this is born of ignorance and intolerance. I have to believe that the author and the readers of this material honestly do not believe they harbor these traits.

At 1/20/2008 7:37 PM, Blogger Kerry Blair said...

It saddens me when people of any color skin go out of their way to look for intolerance and assume slight when none is portrayed nor intended.

As a fan of Sariah's work, I've particularly admired her insight into the struggle of good vs. evil that exists within us all. Since I suspect that you haven't read her work, Anonymous, let me assure you that the author is one of the most intelligent women writing today. Her characters are finely drawn and are in no way stereotyped by skin color nor heritage. Please pick up a book before you judge it by its cover. Both Sariah's works are wonderful reads AND I predict you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

Blessings upon your head from all of us, no matter the color of your face! (Or ours! The Frog is green, of course.) Thanks for stopping by our blog. You're always welcome here.

At 1/20/2008 7:54 PM, Blogger Sariah S. Wilson said...

Well, anonymous obviously hasn't read my books. There are more heroes among the Lamanites in my first story than there are among the Nephites. In fact, the principal villians are either Nephites or Nephite defectors.

In addition, it is my belief that Lamanites and Nephites, at least by Captain Moroni's time and when my first novel is set, were indistinguishable by appearance alone. So I don't know how you decided that my fiction came out of ignorance (I will admit that I am ignorant of many things, but not what you're accusing me of). But ironically enough, it seems to me that that's exactly where your statement came from. Once you read my books, then please feel free to pass judgment on me and my beliefs. Those people on the front of my book are the good guys in my story (one is a Nephite, the other a Lamanite, which I see you didn't realize).

And big hugs to Kerry for being so much more diplomatic than I could ever hope to be. :)

At 1/21/2008 2:53 PM, Blogger Seagulljaap said...

Looks like anonymous found a new blog to frequent... Sounds like another critic out for some fresh meat.

At 1/22/2008 3:58 PM, Blogger Rebecca Talley said...

I'm reading Sariah's book, "Secrets in Zarahemla," right now and I can absolutely say that anonymous's claims aren't true. Sariah does a magnificent job of portraying the characters and it has nothing to do with skin color. In fact, the slime-o-man is a Nephite (actually there's two major slimes) and the male hero is a Lamanite.

And, Sariah, woo hoo for you being nominated. You go, girl! You never know who will win. I can't wait to see the outcome at the gala!

At 1/22/2008 4:11 PM, Blogger Sariah S. Wilson said...

Aw, thanks Rebecca. I think maybe I have a chance if people decide to go the underdog route... ;)

I wish I could go to the gala, but unfortunately I don't think it's something I could afford right now.


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