Paperback Writer invites you to join B. Jay Gladwell, author of the non-fiction/religious book, What’s Wrong With Mormons? (Cold Tree Press, June ’08), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in August on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion. Jay is her to shine some light on the misinformation that people understand about the Mormon faith. Grab your cup of coffee and enjoy the interview.
About the Book:
What’s Wrong Wrong With Mormons? was written as a result of the falsehoods and misinformation that continues to be perpetuated by those who are less than honest. The author, B. Jay Gladwell, invites the reader to come and reason together. Using a conversational style, he discusses the basic doctrines of the restored Gospel, based on the teachings found in the Holy Bible and latter-day scriptures.
Hi, Jay. Welcome to Paperback Writer.
Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?
Last year (2007) a Mormon, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was running for the Republican nomination for president. There were endless articles about that candidate and nearly each one, in one way or another, brought up the concern of “Mormons as Christians.” This concern was most prevalent among evangelical Christians. One such article spoke about a recent survey that showed many of these evangelicals were drawn to this candidate’s values but repelled by his Mormon faith. Can you see the irony in that statement? Isn’t that like saying, “I like apple pie, but I am repulsed by apples”? How can one accept the teachings of Jesus Christ but reject the Savior?
Think about it. How many times have you read or heard how people really admire Mormons for their family values, yet their teachings are abhorrent. Mormons are held in high regard on account of their work ethic, but the Prophet Joseph Smith was a scoundrel. Mormons are respected for their moral points of view on chastity, honesty, abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, yet their doctrines are of the devil. Mormons are appreciated for their humanitarian contributions and the goods and services provided in the wake of natural catastrophes around the world; nevertheless, they aren’t Christians. Have you ever seen a greater contradiction of thought?
It was my hope that those who read What’s Wrong With Mormons? will come away with an accurate understanding as to what it is Mormons truly believe, rather than having non-Mormons go to other non-Mormons in an effort to figure out what is it we believe. The reader will learn the truth about Mormons belief from a practicing Mormon—a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?
It was, more or less, a combination of the two. Yes, it was a light bulb moment, but I thought about for a month or more before I actually moved forward with the idea.
How did you come up with the title?
The title came about as part of the light bulb moment. The whole thing was set off one day as I read the news article mentioned above. After reading it, I asked myself “What’s wrong with Mormons?” As soon as I had that thought, I knew that would be the title of and driving force behind writing the book.
How did you find an agent and publisher?
There wasn’t an agent involved and the book is self-published.
Who reads you work in progress?
No one! That’s not allowed. Not even my wife. Once I have the first draft finished and to a point to where I’m somewhat satisfied, is she allowed to read it. The agonizing part is waiting to get it back from the editor. I know there are mistakes and things that need clarifying, but I simply hate that period of waiting. It takes every ounce of strength I have not to try to polish it again. That would be pointless. As a result, I’m forced to wait for the editor send back manuscript. I hate it.
Who made a difference in the book’s quality?
Since this book is a non-fiction piece, I would have to give that credit to Constance Angelo. She was responsible for doing the indexing of the book, and she did a remarkable job, in my estimation.
All other things being equal, the lack of an index or a poor index can sink a non-fiction book. The index is an invaluable tool for the reader. It identifies specific information in the book that might be of interest as well as enabling the reader to quickly and conveniently access the desired information at some later time.
How long did it take you to complete the first draft?
The first draft took about five months.
How long did it take from start to publication?
That took right at one year. That’s from the first word on the first page to having the proof copy in my hand.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
No two writers are exactly the same. Each of us has our own method, style and approach to writing. What works for one may not (probably will not) work for another. The biggest obstacle I see in most “wannabe” writers is a lack of discipline. I’m talking about the ability to simply plant their rear-ends in the chairs for X number of hours a day and write their books. Just do it!
Thank you, Jay, for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.
What’s Wrong With Mormons Virtual Book Tour ’08 officially began on August 4, 2008 and will continues all month. You can visit Jay Gladwell’s tour stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in August to find out more about his and (his/her) book.
As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comment on our authors blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they come available. The winners will be announced on www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com on August 31!
Please leave your comments along the tour stops and join us on August 31 to see if you are a winner.
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