Within the Bounds ~ Getting personal with Laura Stone Author of "And It Came To Pass"
Please welcome author, Laura Stone to MM Book Escape on her virtual book tour for her latest release, And It Came To Pass. “A fine romance with a touch of political intent.” - Kirkus Review — releasing May 18th from Interlude Press.
Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hello! First, thank you so much for hosting my book tour and giving me an opportunity to talk about these boys whom I love so much.
1) Tell us about your book.
And It Came to Pass has been a labor of love since, oh, 2008, when I realized a dear cousin of mine was never going to come out of the closet, which is his right. It was the reason behind why not that compelled me to put pen to paper. I wrote a short story about someone similar who was able to finally express their natural feelings of love for the same-sex, and then later turned it into this novel. The story follows Adam Young, a super devout kid in the Mormon Church, who is going through the motions. He's what we in the Church affectionately call a Mor-bot, a robot. He doesn't like to look too closely at who he really is, because it doesn't jive with who he's supposed to be. At least, not who his ham-fisted father, Gerald, expects him to be. (And if a certain uncle sees himself as Gerald Young, then that's between him and his Lord…)
Adam goes on his LDS mission—again, doing what he's told to do—and over time, realizes that he's both gay and in love with his mission companion. This is a huge taboo in the Mormon Church, being gay. He comes close to having a bit of a breakdown about it, but fortunately… Well, you'll find out when you read the book!
2) How difficult was it to get into the main character’s head?
Honestly, it wasn't difficult at all. I, too, was raised a devout member of the Mormon Church and had always planned on going on a mission myself. Being female, it's not expected like it is for male members, however, and was ultimately discouraged from serving for the sake of getting married and having children straight-away.
I also identified with the confusion Adam feels over his—what the Mormon church refers to as—same-sex attraction. It took me years to understand that the feelings I had for particular women in my life were feelings of attraction and desire. I also have several friends who came out while serving missions or just after returning, and did my best to honor those experiences and emotions.
3) Is this book a standalone or do you plan on visiting it again?
This book is a standalone. I tend to enjoy writing those types of stories. I'll leave the series-writing to those authors better suited for such a difficult task!
4) Why did you choose to write M/M stories?
It's important for me to write LGBT-focused stories because it's been so difficult my entire life to find them. As the saying goes, "representation matters," and in this case, I wanted to reflect relationships that I see in my everyday life. Being LGBTQ doesn't always mean atheism, and it doesn't always mean having to abandon faith and spirituality.
It's important to me to be respectful of those who are being true to themselves and how that falls out for them. I have plenty of LGBT friends and couples who live happy, fulfilled, and spiritual lives. I wanted to put that message of positivity out in the world, especially for any LGBTQ Mormons who might read this. There is a sense of hopelessness washing over them, and the sad truth is that Utah—predominantly Mormon—leads the nation in LGBTQ suicide, particularly with teens.
Again, representation matters. In some cases, it can save lives.
5) Where do you find your inspiration?
The world around me! I love to people-watch, love to imagine what their lives are like and then go from there. There's a line from an L.M. Montgomery book, I think it's the Emily of New Moon series, where a neighbor tells them to watch out, or the protagonist, who is an aspiring author, will "put you in a book." I guess that has always stuck with me! (But I do try not to make it a threat. …except in the case of that one uncle, grr.)
I hope your readers will take a chance on Adam's journey to self-discovery and love. I must admit that the ending chokes me up, and I wrote the darn book! Thank you again for hosting me!
ABOUT THE BOOK
AND IT CAME TO PASS BY LAURA STONE ~
Adam Young is a devout, young Mormon following the pious path set forth for him by his church and family.
But when his mission trajectory sends him to Barcelona, Spain, with a handsome mission companion named Brandon Christensen, Adam discovers there may be more to life and love than he ever expected.