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Hi I'm Martine Leavitt

I'm a mother of seven, a grandmother of fifteen, and I write novels for young people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My ninth novel for young people will be published this fall. Some of my books have won or been short-listed for some important literary awards such as the Governor General's Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the National Book Award. I also teach creative writing to graduate students at Vermont College of Fine Arts. It's a good thing I'm pretty good at writing because I am not creative in any other way - I don't sew or do crafts or sing or play music or decorate or garden or draw or even cook all that well (even though I've had lots of practice at cooking). God only made me good for one thing: writing stories. The hardest story I've ever written is the story of my own life because, like all good stories, it has included many difficult moments. It also has had moments of triumph and joy, and all of those have come from God and from living the gospel of Jesus Christ. My biggest blessing from the Lord are my seven children and fifteen grandchildren, all of whom are critically acclaimed.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young I didn't affiliate with any one particular church. When I met people who were religious I would always ask them, "Why did God make us?" The only place I found a satisfactory answer to that questions was in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I think I got stuck in adolescence because I love teenagers best. I work with teenaged girls at church, and I write about teenaged boys and girls. (Unless I'm writing about bighorn sheep - my last novel is about a bighorn sheep. That was fun. They don't worry about dating.) The young women I work with are smart and funny and talented and beautiful and some of my favorite people on the planet. I also like to do one kind deed every day - in my morning prayers each day I pray that I will know of some small way I can bless someone else's life. Since I began praying for this blessing, my prayer has been answered every day, sometimes in the most surprising ways. It makes me ridiculously happy.

What is being a Mormon like?

Martine Leavitt
Being a Mormon means you'll have less wrinkles because you don't smoke. Being a Mormon means you'll always have a job at church to give you opportunities to serve. Being a Mormon means you'll always have a family, both at church, and in the eternities. Being a Mormon means that, while you may have sad days and difficult times, you will always know your purpose in life, and you will always have reason to rejoice. Show more Show less