OSC Answers Questions
How has religion influenced your writing?
-- Submitted Anonymously
OSC REPLIES: - March 12, 2001
All my real beliefs (not what I believe that I believe, but what I really
believe at the deepest, most unconscious level) show up in my work without my
having to make any conscious effort to include them. Because I am a believing
Latter-day Saint, some of those beliefs are bound to show up. But I have no
program for trying to put those beliefs into my writing.
On a superficial level, I have used some Mormon history and scripture or Mormon
cultural motifs in my fiction, but these are not of any particular significance in
terms of "influencing" my fiction. I also use other histories and cultures in my
fiction, as they serve my storytelling purposes. I have no "Mormon" agenda with
my fiction -- I simply tell stories I care about and believe in, and hope I can write
them well enough to reach the audience that will care and believe also.