Author Elaine Stienon explored the lives of a group of early Mormons in the 2011 historical novel “The Way to the Shining City: A Story of the Early Mormons in Missouri and Nauvoo, Illinois” (published by AuthorHouse).
This year, Stienon is renewing the marketing efforts for the book by submitting it to Thruline Entertainment for potential adaption into a screenplay and promoting the book through an upcoming Reader’s Digest advertisement, to appear online and in print.
“I’ve always been intrigued by the underdog,” Stienon explains, “and the early Mormons were certainly persecuted and harassed.”
Unlike other Mormons of their time, Stienon’s fictional group rejects polygamy. Set in the Midwest, “The Way to the Shining City” follows protagonist Gabriel Romain and his people as they are thwarted in their attempt to settle in northern Missouri. They flee to Illinois, where they establish a city called Nauvoo on the Mississippi River. The novel describes their search for a place of refuge, the story of their persecution and the ultimate destruction of their city.
Stienon hopes her readers will finish “The Way to the Shining City” with a deeper understanding of, and compassion for, early religious pilgrims.