Mette Ivie Harrison: Mormon Author
Mette Ivie Harrison is a critically acclaimed author of several young adult books including The Princess and the Hound series and the stand-alone volume Mira, Mirror. Her first novel was The Monster in Me. She began an adult mystery series in 2014 with titles The Bishop’s Wife, His Right Hand, and For Time and All Eternities. She also penned a memoir, Ironmom, after the passing of her sixth child. She is an Ironman competitor and runs marathons.
Harrison spent her early years with her parents and siblings in central New Jersey. Her father moved the family to Provo, Utah, when he accepted a teaching position at Brigham Young University. She studied at BYU with an Ezra Taft Benson Scholarship and graduated at the age of 19 with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in German literature. She then received a PhD from Princeton University in Germanic languages and literatures. She was an adjunct professor at BYU for a time.
Harrison blogs regularly for the Huffington Post. She writes essays about Mormonism and Post-Mormonism for Religion News Service, The Salt Lake Tribune, Huffington Post, and Medium. She sometimes expresses opposition to the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which she was once a member. The press prefers dissident Latter-day Saints over faithful ones as columnists. Their reasoning is pleasing to the audience of various blogs and news sources, but not necessarily in common with the majority of faithful Latter-day Saints.