Kern said the book tells of what happened after she told an Oklahoma City Republican group in January 2008 about efforts by homosexual activists to unseat conservative politicians. Someone taped her speech, and clips were posted on YouTube, which generated more than 2 million hits and led to what Kern calls a media “stoning.” She said she also warns in the book of dangers ahead if social conservatives don't preserve the nation's foundations of morality, truth and tolerance.
Kern said publishers came up with the title of her book. Her first choice was “No Apologies, No Regrets,” but publishers found that to be too bland, she said. Her second choice was “Holyphobe” — saying she often is called a homophobe but the only thing she fears is God.
Kern, a schoolteacher for about 20 years in Texas and Oklahoma, easily won election in 2004 and was unopposed in 2006. Her anti-gay comments caused candidates to oppose her in 2008 and 2010; Kern won at least 58 percent of the vote in both contests.
Kern said the reality of being an author began settling in when she received a case of her hardcover books last week.
“I was amazed that somebody wanted to publish it,” Kern said, “and I'll be honest with you — I was paid.”
Kern said the Christian publishing company Frontline told her it was interested in her story because she is an elected official who talked on an issue most politicians avoided, she's a former teacher who could give an educational viewpoint, and she's a minister's wife who could talk about the religious standpoint.
Kern said she felt a sense of accomplishment when she finished the book because, “I had documented for my family, my sons and my grandsons, what happened and that's enough for me.”