Which is why the latest book I've read has got me so worked up. My aunt, who writes LDS fiction, sent me a copy of The Hourglass Door, recently published by Shadow Mountain, an offshoot of Deseret Book, in the Salt Lake area. She, as a writer, had already marked up the book with her comments and she mailed it to me with a red pen so I could make my own judgments.
Let me just say that I was completely floored when I read this book. I have read some poorly-written teen books, but I have never read something as flowery and simpering as this. In fact, I was so disgusted that Deseret Book would even let something this bad slide past that I wrote a review on Amazon.com, which you can read here (I'm Lindzlou).
Since you probably haven't read the book (and I wouldn't), it might not make a lot of sense to you. But someone out there has got to write something better for LDS teens and for teens in general. I just wish I had an idea for what to write.
So if you're a writer, or if you have a great idea for a book, let's start a discussion. Between my aunt and I, we know the right people that could review a book and get it out there. I want someone to read something worthwhile. We have the talent to do it.