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By Rosemary Pollock

Card's 'Sarah' Comes From Love of Subject, Not Money

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- LDS Author, Orson Scott Card will hold several book signings for his new book, Sarah: Women of Genesis. "Women of Genesis is the first of three planned novels historically depicting biblical women. Sarah, who was married to Abraham, is a caring, complex,faithful and sometimes confused character that Card said he created for himself and not just commercial success. She will be the first in the biblical series followed by Rebekah (wife of Isaac) and Rachel and Leah (wives of Jacob).

"My science-fiction audience isn't going to go 'Cool! A novel about an old woman from the Bible!' Card spoke during an interview from his North Carolina home. "I can't live on these out-of-genere books; I do them out of love....I have to maintain my other writing [to pay the bills]."

Card's writing career began while he was a student at BYU. "I think of this as not something radical, but as going back to the roots of my career," Card said. "I wrote plays ..I adapted scripture into drama. Later I wrote for Living Scriptures in Ogden, and did hundreds of audio plays adapting history and the New Testament. The only difference is, with science fiction I have to make up the culture that comes before the story."

"With Sarah, I could deal with deep ethical and moral dilemmas without taking a position on things like, say transubstantiation. The theology is very simple...The events take place before the divisions that separate many world religions," Card said.

Card saw the Old Testament extraordinarily rich with fascinating stories of women, while the voices of the characters may have come easily the research for the book did not. "That was harder than with many of the things I have done," he said. "I was trying to play it absolutely straight, but we have only one source about these people, the Bible."

In order to flesh out his characters Card turned to science. Archaeology provided how people lived in the centuries before Jesus, what they ate, wore and how they worked. "I'm a fiction writer, and if I knew them, I would be bound by my obligation to them then," Card said. "I'd really much rather go into the future and see how my great-grandchildren turned out."

More information about Card's books is available at his website at to find out more about his upcoming books and movie projects. Some can be downloaded free.


Genre-Hopping Card Creates 'Sarah' Out of Love, Not Money
Salt Lake Tribune 12Nov00 A2
By Melinda Miller: Salt Lake Tribune


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See also:
Sarah: Women of Genesis
More about Orson Scott Card's "Sarah: Women of Genesis" at

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