I'm reading a book by an LDS author who has written many books. The book I'm reading is filled with overuse of cliches & adverbs. Isn't this generally considered poor writing?Yes.
Why is she getting away with using a cliché or adverb on almost every page? And, why oh why (feel free to not use this next part when you address this question on your blog) is this book nominated for a Whitney Award? The story is great, but the overuse of these two elements weakens the writing.
You are the third person in two days to ask me this, and while neither of you mentioned the title of the book specifically, I believe I know which one you're referring to because I have the same issues with it.
The answer is: this author has plenty of readers who love her books and apparently do not mind her use of clichés or adverbs, or they are willing to overlook that for the sake of the story. And this group of loyal fans is also the reason the book is up for a Whitney—because those fans nominated it.
Could a new writer get away with this? No, because they don't have an established group of loyal fans. Simple as that.