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Erin Ann McBride

Meet Author Erin Ann McBride

Erin Ann McBride is a writer, dreamer, and blogger.

Don't miss her newest novel, "You Heard It Here First!" published in August 2012.

Erin Ann is the author of the novella "The Agency," and co-author of "Beyond Perfection." She is the associate editor of "Meridian Magazine," and regularly blogs about the stock market for "The Motley Fool." She enjoys politics, pop culture, all things 80's, and watching canceled science fiction TV series. She is a native of Washington, D.C., and currently resides in Roanoke, Va.

You can find her daily at The Story of a Nice Mormon Girl and at SwingStateVoter.com.

Author's Published Articles
2014-04-11

I have to get married. Why? Because I'm no longer eligible to be buried in the family cemetery. I need a new family who still h...

2014-03-25

His face is illustrated in Disney’s “Cinderella,” and he directed the earlier temple films. Chances are you've seen his w...

2014-03-17

On March 17, 2014, the Nashville Tribute Band's newest album, My Call to Serve, will join their formidable line-up of CDs. But ...

2014-03-10

Walking into church week after week not sure who you’re going to sit with while observing a sea of heads resting on shoulders...

2014-03-05

I pride myself on being a fairly self-sufficient individual. But even the best laid plans of a determined, fiercely independent...

2014-02-18

The mid-singles program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is still in its infancy. There are now 15 official ...

2014-02-13

Saratov Approach will open in New York City on February 17, just down the street from the theatre that houses the Book of Mormo...

2014-01-31

“The Saratov Approach” is the film that just won’t quit. It’s already beat expectations by making over a million dollar...

2014-01-29

Anne Shirley from the beloved Anne of Green Gables series is a role model nearly every girl and woman can look up to. But one t...

2014-01-24

“The Saratov Approach” is quietly making history. The real-life story of two LDS missionaries kidnapped, tortured, and held...

2014-01-07

Throw out the three go-to questions, learn the following ten ways to improve your conversations, and learn the three magic word...

2013-12-24

Duck Dynasty drama begs the question, "Do you live your life in such a way that those who are watching you are not surprised by...

2013-12-17

Let’s be honest- you either love Christmas music, or you don’t....

2013-09-10

To create a list of films of interest and compatible with the standards of the Mormon culture is ambitious but Jonathan Decker ...

2013-08-27

If we are all burned out and all blaming it on other’s expectations, doesn’t that make us all guilty and hypocrites? Maybe ...

2013-08-13

Take a survey just for fun. Do we sometimes impose a culture upon ourselves that is a misunderstanding of the gospel?...

2013-08-02

"It was a total leap of faith, but we feel good about it," says country music trio Due West about their newest album. ...

2013-07-31

What do Carly Simon, Gaston, Balki and Larry, Porky Pig, and the Dread Pirate Roberts have in common? I guess you'll just have ...

2013-07-03

Just how do men and women see their differences? The results of our most recent survey may surprise you!...

2013-06-25

Readers had tons of opinions on the singles survey we shared last week. Here's a chance to give more opinions.....

2013-06-18

What is and isn't working for the singles in the LDS Church? They tell us. ...

2013-06-11

Physical attraction isn’t just about sex. It is what creates the spark or desire to spend even more time with a person, and s...

2013-04-29

Former Governor and Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney chose to give his second public speech since the 2012 presidential electio...

2013-04-29

Why would the Church not support the BSA decision to allow gay young men in the program? After all, a young man can be gay and ...

2013-04-23

Singles have a difficult time with putting down roots. They are transient seekers always looking to move on with the next step ...

2013-03-26

There is a direct correlation between the number of single adults in any given stake, and the number of less active adults. Any...

2013-03-12

We've all made a few mistakes in dating. Here are a few I have made (all with the same guy) that you can feel free to laugh at ...

2013-03-01

The seat of St. Peter is vacant. Pope Benedict XVI has resigned and a new pope must be elected. Are there similarities between ...

2013-02-20

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI due to failing health raises the question, would the President of the Church of Jesus Chri...

2013-02-14

Whether you need to up your date-ability, read something romantic, or commiserate over Singles Awareness Day, we have a little ...

2013-02-04

The Obama administration made a small step in the direction of placating religious organizations and faith-based non-profits on...

2013-01-31

The fight for religious liberty will span many years, if not decades. Three fascinating developments will help secure and defen...

2013-01-15

My life had not turned out as expected. I was single and unemployed, and quite frankly, depressed. But then one day I learned t...

2013-01-11

The Russian adoption ban on Americans has upset many people. I try to look through different eyes to make sense of this situati...

2013-01-08

The rumors are true. I have a t-shirt that is solely responsible for one man asking me out. But not for the reasons you might e...

2012-12-13

There is a movement growing across the U.S. this week calling for Mormon women to “wear pants to church on Sunday in solidari...

2012-12-04

It’s the beginning of the “plus one” event season. Even when surrounded by family, it is hard to be single at the holiday...

2012-11-06

Election Day is finally here, can I get an amen hallelujah? Finally all of the ads, robo-calls, and biased, vile, angry, Facebo...

2012-10-23

A slightly humorous and slightly serious look at the evolution of what a woman wants in a man from the age of 18 to the age whe...

2012-10-23

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2012-10-22

He has an infectious laugh, charming accent, resplendent singing voice, and enough energy and personality to fill a dozen rooms...

2012-10-09

It's like my mother likes to say, "Men don't reach their 30s still single because they are good at dating." ...

2012-09-25

What should we ask when dating? What issues make a difference in long term relationships? Here’s a list of scenarios to help...

2012-09-04

For three LDS friends from three small towns in the West, success has come in the heart of country music. Due West has earned i...

2012-08-29

On Thursday night, former Governor Mitt Romney will accept the nomination for Republican presidential candidate. All signs indi...

2012-08-28

Here are five ways to give and receive love. Which one works for you?...

2012-08-23

How can we expect the Gospel to move forward into every nation when deadly conflict exists over products we choose to buy? Isn'...

2012-08-14

Before you have finished reading this opening sentence chances are that you will have judged me. You have made a pre-determinat...

2012-08-07

An open letter from every single woman ever to pretty much every single man ever. Just ask me on a date already....

2012-07-31

There is a popular, yet dangerous, new quote-turned-mantra going around. “If you can't handle me at my worst, you don't deser...

2012-07-31

The political backlash against the Chick-fil-A president is a worrisome threat to the future of religious liberties in the Unit...

2012-07-23

We are here upon this earth to overcome the natural man. To do so includes accepting and understanding the horrors of the world...

2012-07-17

There is a new dating curse out there, and it is called “text dating.” It happens when two people meet, and instead of pick...

2012-07-17

It should never be acceptable to mock or belittle the sacred beliefs of any religion. To do so against Mormons is an offense to...

2012-07-16

Due to the military coup, ongoing conflicts throughout the country, Mali has postponed presidential elections until May 2013. B...

2012-07-13

I first met Mitt Romney in October 1966, in Rouen, France, at a Zone training meeting for missionaries. Romney was gregarious a...

2012-07-06

I'd like to submit for debate that no one is ever going to "have it all." It doesn't actually exist, nor should it. And that th...

2012-06-12

The men with a good fortune are too busy working to earn that fortune to take the time to date. And that is why if you want a M...

2012-06-05

I wonder if anyone would have predicted that after a free-wheeling, fun, singles filled weekend, and five days of babysitting f...

2012-05-31

There is a special breed of woman out there who thrives on sleepless nights, mosquitoes, highly emotional teenage girls, and ty...

2012-05-29

Every year 1,000 LDS singles gather on a quiet beach in North Carolina for "Mormon Spring Break." There is no organizer, no age...

2012-05-25

Why should the girls have all the fun? Leaders love camp too! Especially when we are well-prepared. Share your tips and insight...

2012-05-15

I never thought I'd be the type of person to see a Gospel analogy in my relationship with my dog, but there it is. ...

2012-05-01

Who would have guessed that teaching my cousin how to "cut footloose" would result in teaching me an important life lesson?...

2012-04-24

A female Episcopalian priest describes her experience attending the open house of the new Kansas City, Missouri Temple, in surp...

2012-04-17

Retirement plans, 401(k), investing, savings, wills, life insurance, who gets the kids, and who knows your passwords? ...

2012-04-10

Who is to blame when instead of really dating, singles find themselves in a "friends with benefits" situation, or don't even kn...

2012-03-23

Watch the address by Elder Jeffrey R Holland at Harvard Law School here....

2012-03-20

A few days ago something fairly profound occurred to me. It is time to stop pretending and instead, start accepting God's plan ...

2012-03-20

The Church has released a new infographic regarding the volunteerism and charitable donations of its members....

2012-03-16

Michael Otterson, of LDS Public Affairs, points that out there have been several “Mormon Moments” over the past decade. Is ...

2012-03-12

A look at the relief and rebuilding efforts by the Church in Japan on the one year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami....

2012-03-09

New Mormonism 101 infographic released by Mormon Newsroom....

2012-03-06

Are you watching your relationship baggage go around and around blaming it on other people, instead of claiming it as your own?...

2012-02-21

Answering the worst question ever- why aren't you married yet? What's wrong with you?...

2012-02-16

Sharing the Gospel or our testimonies is easier now than ever before thanks to the power of social media....

2012-02-14

Join us for some real life love stories sent in by Meridian readers. ...

2012-02-14

You didn't think I was going to let February 14 go by without acknowledging the most dreaded day of all singles, did you?...

2012-02-07

When you taught the YW "we can experience joy at every stage of life" this past week, did you include the "stage" of being sing...

2012-02-06

Italian filmmaker, Marco Lui, creates a warm, funny, and charming look at finding love and happiness in this LDS family film. ...

2012-02-02

Youth are invited to join Voices for Virtue on Facebook to hear messages from Church leaders and speakers on immorality and por...

2012-01-27

Is the last justifiable form of bigotry is to openly hate, lie about, and mock Mormons?...

2012-01-24

If you won’t get involved, you don’t get to complain....

2012-01-10

First dates are a necessary evil. There is no getting around them. Nobody gets to jump past the awkwardness and jitters and byp...

2011-12-27

Within a few more years, the majority of adults in the United States over 18 will be single....

2011-12-13

We have the moral agency in all things to choose if we will take what we want, or wait to receive it....

2011-11-29

A single Young Women’s leader shares a few secrets with her Young Women in this open letter. ...

2011-11-15

So how do you use these tools to spread the good word? Are you effectively sharing your message, or just preaching to the choir...

2011-11-01

I didn't ask for my religious beliefs to be on the front page of every major American paper. But I can't control that now can I...

2011-10-19

An LDS writer explores the slums of Cambodia, where human beings live in conditions that Americans cannot even comprehend. ...

2011-10-04

Even if you are feeling lonely, the Lord can find you where you are....

2011-09-27

Often child trafficking takes the form of baby warehouses, where children from poor families are sold to be adopted by American...

2011-09-26

How can anyone sell her child to sex traffickers? “It happened to me,” the mothers say, “and I survived.” ...

2011-09-06

When you come across your old list of what you wanted in a spouse, you get a good laugh....

2011-08-23

There are many women, myself included, who constantly find themselves at odds in the dating world, trying to balance an indepen...

2011-08-09

Integrity in dating. Is it an oxymoron or the ultimate challenge? Many will argue that all is fair in love and war, but if that...

2011-07-26

There is a special breed of woman out there who thrives on sleepless nights, mosquitoes, highly emotional teenage girls, and ty...

2011-07-13

While there are days when a few singles may sincerely appreciate the talents of a qualified matchmaker, or a professional datin...

2011-06-28

As singles it is often easy to lose our identities. When so many others around us (particularly women) define themselves as mot...

2011-06-14

Should you ever consider revisiting an old relationship?...

2011-06-02

A promise was made to the singles in the Washington DC area 15 years ago that is finding fulfillment....

2011-06-01

Facebook- love it or hate it, it is here to stay, and it is changing the way we get to know people and the way we date every da...

2011-05-03

They are always about giving someone (even a mute mermaid) a second chance, and discovering someone worth knowing. ...

2011-04-19

Two weeks have passed since General Conference and the resounding call from the pulpit to not delay marriage. And now we the s...

2011-04-05

MARRIAGE!! Did everyone else hear that word ringing from the pulpit throughout General Conference?...

2011-03-22

After Erin’s last column, the overriding opinion was that it is time for her to turn the tables and have a frank discussion w...

2011-03-08

Recently a story called “Sex is Cheap” ran on the popular news magazine Slate.com. Essentially the premise was that while w...

2011-02-22

Erin has made all the mistakes with dating and social networking so that you don’t have to....

2011-02-08

There is no other place you can find the scum of the world in such large numbers waiting to scam an innocent person as on an on...

2011-01-25

Here are some practical suggestions for LDS singles who struggle to fit into their ward....

2011-01-12

A year after Haiti’s earthquake, for so many the devastation continues. For those who served there, the memories burn deep....

2011-01-11

How does LDS society view and treat single adults? Here’s some straight-forward talk on how we can improve....

2010-12-28

This column was inspired by a self-proclaimed “awkward man” asking for advice on how to get a date....

2010-12-14

After twenty years of dating, I am forced to contemplate the question, “Do I believe in “the One?” Is there is one speci...

2010-11-30

New Years Eve can be a dreaded night for singles....

2010-11-16

In spite of a lot of preparation for the future, I woke up one day and found myself woefully unprepared for the future I am liv...

2010-11-08

When is someone finally so old and single that we start justifying dating outside of the Church?...

2010-10-19

Here are some ground rules for setting up your single friend with just the right potential future companion. ...

2010-10-05

I asked my friends, what do you say when someone asks why you have never been married? Feel free to borrow from my arsenal and ...

2010-09-22

When dating, when is it appropriate to ask about another person’s divorce? And how much information is appropriate to divulge...

2010-09-07

I don't like day old-zucchini bread, but I bought some anyway. Felt a special kinship to it because it's cheap, stale and never...

2010-08-10

After nearly 20 years of dating, with not a lot of positive results, and no closer to the end goal than I was when I started, i...

2010-08-10

After nearly 20 years of dating, with not a lot of positive results, and no closer to the end goal than I was when I started, i...

2010-07-13

I'm single. Very single. And there are many days when I wonder if there will ever be a special someone to sit beside. Erin’s...

2010-06-15

It's time to talk about being single in the Church. If you're Latter-day Saint and single, meet Erin (once again)....

2009-04-27

Singles programs need to reach out to include every single from every walk of life. Allow church to be the one place where thei...

2009-04-27

Blogger Stephenie Nielson made people all over the world feel happy about motherhood and marriage. Then when she and her husba...


Author's Blog
May 7, 2013

Elizabeth Smart has been a hero ever since the day she walked away from her abusive captors and freed herself from abduction. S...

April 22, 2013

On April 20, 2013 over 160 youth from the McLean Virginia Stake walked from Arlington, VA to the Washington, DC temple - a 13+ ...

April 18, 2013

The Boston Marathon Bombing, the Ricin letters, North Korea, taxes, gun control, CISPA… The list of reasons to doubt the wor...

April 15, 2013

As I write this it has only been three hours since the horrifying bombings at the Boston Marathon. No one has claimed responsib...

April 10, 2013

A few years ago a friend of mine mentioned on her blog that her ward, for the first time, had a woman say the opening prayer in...

April 9, 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has launched an integrated "I'm a Mormon" media campaign in the United Kingdom ...

April 9, 2013

Last week I blogged here that I was looking forward to hearing the annual reading of the Church membership numbers. I wanted to...

April 4, 2013

General Conference is upon us. Sometimes we watch conference in hopes of hearing answers to questions in our hearts and minds. ...

November 8, 2012

In my column this week (Elections, Facebook, and the Throne of Thoughtless Stupor) I quoted Elder Neal A. Maxwell-  “T...

March 16, 2012

I will never forget my first, eye-opening year at BYU. I had arrived a fresh, impressionable, know-it-all, long in the tooth, c...