LDS science fiction writer draws on beliefs

Author Greg Park insists he's not writing Mormon fiction.

His five-book Earthsoul Prophecies series is "fantasy, first and foremost."

That doesn't mean, though, that his testimony of and membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aren't influencing the story and the character development in his books.

"The influence of the (LDS) gospel? It's huge," Park said in an interview with the Deseret News from his classroom at Timpanogos High School, a classroom covered with charts, lists and pictures from his three finished books.

"Anyone who's LDS will pick up on the allusions. Elison Brey raises the Title of Liberty. The 2,000 Stripling Warriors are there. Gideon is my Elijah, a warrior who is a prophet. The whole Earthsoul character was inspired by verses in the Pearl of Great Price when Enoch hears the world groan," Park said.

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