Tuesday, August 20 2013, 11:46 PM MDT
Gay Author Dismissed by Utah Publisher Over Bio
By Chris Miller
(KUTV) Michael Jensen's first book was scheduled to go to print Tuesday, instead he'll need to find another publisher, after a dispute over his bio.
Jensen has been crafting the story for his book, Woven, for ten years. He teamed up with another Salt Lake City author, David Powers King, and together they signed a book deal with Utah Publisher, Cedar Fort Publishing. They expected the book to be released October 8th.
"I didn't have any problems until the day before it went to press, when suddenly they told me they weren't going to publish my bio," says Jensen.
The last line of Michael's bio was to read: He lives in Salt Lake City with his partner and their four dogs.
Michael says the publisher had a copy of his bio and was aware he was gay, but it was never a problem until right before publication.
Cedar Fort told Michael they were concerned about his bio's impact on their LDS buyers. An email states: We can't risk ruining our relationsip with them by stating you live with your boyfriend, so we need to cut that part out.
Michael refused to grant permission for them to remove that line. "It came down to being true to myself, I just couldn't lie because they wanted me to lie, and I couldn't omit certain truths just because it made them feel comfortable."
Michael says Cedar Fort threatened to publish the book without his bio. The company would not comment on that, and company President, Bryce Mortimer refused an on-camera interview. He did confirm with 2News that they decided to cut ties with Michael, based on the contents of his bio.
"A lot of aspirations, a lot of energy, years of work have gone into this, and for it to be shot down for just one word, it's a shame," says Michael. "The story is about a heterosexual romance, and I don't have a problem with that," says Michael.
The pair of authors has had other offers, and Michael says they'll now start to pursue other options.
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