Smith-Pettit Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mormon Letters
From the beginning of her career, Anne Perry has set the standard for
LDS writers publishing in the international market. She was born in
October of 1938 at Blackheath, London, England, but she didn’t sell her
first novel until she was in her late 30s. Since then, she has published
24 books in the Thomas Pitt series, which started in 1979, with the 25th
coming out at the end of March 2008; 15 books in the William Monk series,
which started in 1990; five in her World War I series, which started in
2003; five Christmas novellas, starting in 2003, with a sixth coming out
this Christmas; two fantasy novels; four other novels; six anthologies,
two as editor; a nonfiction collection, and two more novels scheduled for
2009—over 60 books in 30 years, most of them mysteries, with over 20
million copies sold worldwide.
Why mysteries? In her own words: "I found that I was totally absorbed
by what happens to people under pressure of investigation, how old
relationships and trusts are eroded, and new ones formed."
Mysteries or not, her work emphasizes the effort involved in discovering
truth. Her characters continually worry about whether what they are
doing is the right, best thing to do, and they agonize over the
consequences for the innocent as truth is pursued. Her settings are
painstakingly researched, her characters are strong and believable--people
her readers care deeply about—and her plots are clever and incisive as
well as thought-provoking and heart-wrenching.
The Association for Mormon Letters would like to recognize Anne Perry
for her outstanding contribution to Mormon letters and express our hope
that she will continue to influence and inspire readers and writers for
many years yet.