We had a blast last night at our Provident Ladies Book Club.
Our guest author was H.B. (Heather) Moore who has published five books—Out of Jerusalem, a four volume historical fiction series on the life of Nephi, and Abinadi, the first in a second series about significant Book of Mormon heroes.
For this event, we'd all read Abinadi, the heart-grabbing novelization of the life of Abinadi. We all really liked this book. Not only was there political intrigue and a sweet love story, but knowing ahead of time how the story of Abinadi ends made it all the more poignant.
Heather spoke about how she got started writing and the rejections she had before she was finally accepted. She talked about her decision to make Abinadi a young man, rather than an older man as many of us usually picture him (thanks in part to Arnold Friberg). She did a lot of research and discovered that no one really knows how old Abinadi was, and that some artists have portrayed him as a younger man, including Minerva Tiechert and Walter Rane.
We also got way off topic and talked about a whole bunch of vampire books, several A&E movies and the books that inspired them, and many other LDS authors that we love.
We got a little silly and by the time the night wound down, I could not get a good photo of everyone together. But thanks to Photoshop, I was able to show everyone at their best. Above is Sandra, Heather and Tristi.
Below is Heather, Tristi and Taffy.
We had so much fun, in fact, that it was after 9:00 p.m. when the last person left and we closed up shop for the night. Fabulous fun!