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