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Summarized by Rosemary Pollock

New LDS Writer's Character Relies on God

PROVO, UTAH -- Lois Thomas Bartholomew's book, "The White Dove," has everything "Harry Potter" does not: a character who relies on her faith in God. The inspiration for Bartholomew's heroine, Tasha, came from a dream she had one night. "I had a dream about a woman and a girl running from someone and hiding in a shed," Bartholomew said.

Tasha is a princess who watches her father abdicate his throne for the sake of democracy. Tasha's father is threatened by Comnor, a man who overthrows the people's elected leader, Marko. Tasha and her small group of followers flee King Comnor and struggle to rejoin Marko.

"It is an exciting book. I am a mother, so I am often tired. I think, 'I will read just a few pages.' Then I start reading and I can't put it down," said Bartholomew's daughter-in-law Amy. The book was written with a theme for a national young audience of readers with themes that promote Bartholomew's Mormon's beliefs. "Being a Mormon, my mother has put some underlining themes that you don't see in other books for children, like a faith in God," Ruth Bartholomew said.

"There are certain things worth sacrificing for: family, your country and freedom," Lois Bartholomew said. "The White Dove" is Bartholomew's first published novel. She is working on a sequel to "The White Dove." There are also plans for a boy's adventure book.

"It is important for BYU graduates and LDS authors to publish to national audiences. We have a responsibility to do good in the world," Lois Bartholomew said.

Local writes her own children's book
BYU NewsNet 12Aug00 A2
By Kami Cook: NewsNet Staff Writer


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