Organized alphabetically by the first name of the instructor.
A. L. SOWARDS is the author of multiple historical fiction novels, with settings spanning the globe from the fourteenth to twentieth centuries. Her stories have earned a Whitney Award, several Whitney Finalists positions, and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal. She enjoys hiking and swimming, usually manages to keep up with the laundry, and loves it when someone else cooks dinner. She currently lives in the insanely beautiful state of Alaska with her husband, three children, and an ever-growing library.
ADAM BERG is a real human boy and not a figment of his dog’s imagination. He started his career in sketch comedy, spent six years writing and acting for Studio C, and now works for JK Studios. Feed him cookies, please.
ADAM MOORE is a marriage and family therapist who runs one of the largest clinic networks in Utah. He’s a sought-after public speaker and podcast guest, bringing fascinating insights to conversations about mental health and relationships. He’s also the author of various web articles and two clinical workbooks, and Pumpkins at Midnight is his first narrative-driven self-help book.
ALESSANDRA (AR) TORRE is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twenty-seven novels. Her books have been translated in thirteen different languages, in over thirty countries. Traditionally published by Harlequin, Hachette, and Thomas & Mercer, Alessandra found her greatest success in self-publishing, hitting the New York Times list multiple times, all with self-published books. In addition to writing, Alessandra teaches online courses and is the CEO of Authors A.I. and BingeBooks.
ALEX WESTON is a former English/creative writing teacher from Salt Lake City. She loves to copy edit, and most recently worked at Deseret News. Now she works full time as a fiction writer in Sacramento. She’s currently working on final edits of a YA contemporary novel she’s been dreaming about for years. In her spare time, she reads like crazy, runs, interns at a local bookstore, and chases around her toddler. Her Master of Arts in Teaching from Westminster College gives her street cred, but also introduced her to many fellow writers and teachers whom she loves to collaborate with.
ALI CROSS is the USA Today bestselling and award winning author of young adult fantasy and Christian romantic suspense. She’s an inspirational speaker, coach, and loves to help writers level up. She lives in Utah with her husband, twin sons, an ancient cat and a pair of yorkies who make every day a happy one.
ALLISON HONG MERRILL is a Taiwanese immigrant in Utah. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and writes in both Chinese and English, both fiction and creative nonfiction, which means she spends a lot of time looking up words on Dictionary.com. Her work has won both national and international awards. Her memoir, NINETY-NINE FIRE HOOPS, is available wherever books are sold. Visit her site where you can sign up for her short monthly email.
AMANDA MILLS has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science (pending June 2022) and loves a challenging query. Her research interests include (but are not limited to) Saga Age Iceland, medieval fighting manuals, and fashion history. She writes adult fantasy with occasional forays into playwriting.
AMANDA RAWSON HILL is the author of lyrical MG novels, The Three Rules of Everyday Magic and Once Upon a Family, as well as picture books, My Pet Cloud and You’ll Find Me. Her upcoming novel, THE HOPE OF ELEPHANTS is a verse novel about cancer, baseball, and the duality of life. She lives in California with her husband and four kids.
AMBER ANDERSON is the author of 13 books across multiple genres, published both as indie as trad. She writes under three pen names and has been an Amazon bestseller and award winner. She is best known for writing series mysteries, though she has also written romantic suspense, rom coms, and YA.
AMEY ZEIGLER is an award-winning author of romantic comedies and mysteries. Her laugh-out-loud Rom-Com, The Swiss Mishap, won third place in the Book Buyer’s Best for Contemporary Romance. Her ten years of theater training in college and high school inspired her to narrate her own books. She spins stories with humor, charm, and heart, often with a dash of action and adventure. When she’s not writing, she is teasing her three kids, globe-trotting with her husband (for book research of course!), or trying new things.
AMY NEWBOLD writes books for kids (picture books through YA). Her first book, IF PICASSO PAINTED A SNOWMAN (2017), was nominated for the Pennsylvania Reader’s Choice Award and for the Maryland Blue Crab Honor. Her third book, IF MONET PAINTED A MONSTER (2019) is a 2022 nominee for the Patricia Gallagher Children’s Choice Award. Amy has taught at the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers (WIFYR) conference, and at Storymakers. She is a member of SCBWI and the 12×12 Picture Book Challenge. When not writing, Amy enjoys hiking, birding, taking road trips, and playing board games with her family.
ANDREA PEARSON – USA Today bestselling author Andrea Pearson has been a leader in the indie author arena since early 2011, with 75+ titles under her belt and over a hundred articles published on professional blogs and websites. She co-hosts the popular Six-Figure Authors podcast, and she offers multiple online courses that surround her favorite topic: marketing. Andrea was executive director for Indie Author Hub for a year and a half, and she is frequently invited to teach advanced marketing at conferences and workshops. She is a frequent instructor at Dean Wesley Smith’s Business Master Class for Professional Writers. Learn more about her at her site.
ANDY GARCIA-RUSE is a full-time Audiobook Narrator and aspiring author. With a background as a mental health therapist, graduate-level professor, and national marketing and brand strategist, she has a unique perspective to offer. As a speaker, Andy has given over 50 presentations nationally and is passionate about helping others discover the tools for success.
ANNE-MARIE MEYER is a USA Today Bestselling author who lives in rural NW Arkansas. She spends her days with her knight in shining armor, four princes, and a baby princess. When she’s not running after her kids, she’s dreaming up romantic stories. She loves to take her favorite moments in the books and movies she loves and tries to figure out a way to make them new and fresh.
ANNEMARIE GARRETT is a family woman, wife, mother, top 10% law school grad, and lawyer specializing in several areas including intellectual property. She excelled in all levels of her academic life, was an exchange student to Japan right out of high school, and listens to music from all over the world. She and her favorite person have raised a group of delightful kids and have a lot more travel to do.
ANNETTE LYON is a USA Today bestseller, Whitney Award-winner, and nine-time recipient of Utah’s Best of State Medal for novels and short fiction. She’s one of the three co-founders of and the original editor for The Timeless Romance Anthology series and its spinoff series, and one of the authors of The Newport Ladies Book Club series. Though she’s well-known for her editing and word-nerdery skills and appreciated for her cookbook, Chocolate Never Faileth, her heart has always belonged to writing fiction. She has four adult children, one grandchild, and a flame-tipped Siamese cat with an attitude. She’s represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Her first suspense novel, Just One More, releases spring 2023 with Scarlet Books through Penzler Publishing.
BECCA SYME is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach with a Master’s Degree in Transformational Leadership and fourteen years of experience in success coaching with writers, organizations and individuals in communications, strategy, systems, and self-leadership. She teaches the popular Write Better-Faster course and does Strengths for Writers coaching. She lives in a ski town Montana, where it’s always winter and never Christmas. And she sometimes writes mystery novels. Learn more here.
BECKY MONSON is a mother of three and a wife to one but would ditch them all for Henry Cavill. With a talent for procrastination, Becky finds if she doesn’t watch herself, she can waste an entire afternoon binge-watching Netflix. She’s a USA Today bestseller, and when she does actually get off Netflix to write, she uses humor and true life experiences to bring her characters to life. Becky wishes she had a British accent and a magic spell to do her laundry. She has been trying to give up Diet Coke for the past ten years but has failed miserably.
BEN INOUYE teaches 8th grade English in Yuma, Colorado. He is engaged in the emerging field of compassion and dignity in education and is a Hemera Foundation scholarship recipient. In a recent conversation at the University of Colorado: Boulder, Ben had the opportunity to speak with His Holiness the Dalai Lama about finding centeredness in the midst of chaos.
BREE DESPAIN is the award-winning author of The Dark Divine trilogy and the Into the Dark trilogy. She writes YA, MG, and dabbles in Picture Books. Her novels have been published in over twenty countries. Bree is a current MFA student at Vermont College of Fine Arts, studying writing for children and young adults. In her spare time, she enjoys stand-up paddle-boarding and baking French macarons.
BREKKE FELT A photographer and graphic designer, Brekke Felt has an eye for imagery and composition. An International Award Winning photographer, she has earned her Professional Photographer Certification through the Professional Photographers of America. She has photographed on request for national cover submissions, as well as shot custom images for authors. She designs word art and graphics used for retail production, school productions, and commissioned projects.
BRITTANY LARSEN spends most of her days in “active” wear staring at blank pages on her computer screen, wishing for words to magically appear. With a little bit of magic and a lot of hard work, she has published three contemporary romances and one Western novella with Covenant Communications, and indie-published four romantic comedies. Brittany lives in Orange County, California with her husband, one-third of her daughters (the other two have flown the nest), and one dog. She would rather drive all the way to Utah than fight the traffic to L.A., but occasionally she’ll make the sacrifice for great Korean BBQ. At least she did one time…
CASSIE MAE is the author of a dozen or so books. Some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun. Since publishing her bestselling debut, REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, she’s published several titles with Penguin Random House and founded Cookielynn Publishing Services. She is represented by Sharon Pelletier at Dystel, Goderich, and Burret LLC. She has a favorite of all her book babies, but no, she won’t tell you what it is. (mainly because it changes depending on the day.) Along with writing, Cassie likes to binge watch Parks and Recreation and enjoys every Harry Potter weekend. She likes kissing her hubby, but only if his facial hair is trimmed. She also likes cheesecake to a very obsessive degree.
CATHIE HEDRICK-ARMSTRONG is an Oklahoma native transplanted in Minnesota for nearly 30 years. A proud alumnus of The University of Oklahoma, she holds a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in History and is a rabid fan of OU Sooners Football. A prolific reader of many genres, Cathie represents Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary and Historical Romance, Upmarket Women’s Fiction, Mysteries, and Thrillers. She deliberately keeps her client list small to give her authors the attention each deserves while still allowing herself time for her own writing career as an author of issue-driven young adult and women’s fiction.
CELESTA RIMINGTON has never been able to talk to the wind or summon an actual muse like the characters in her books, but she still believes in magic. Her middle grade novel, THE ELEPHANT’S GIRL, won the 2020 Reading the West Book Award and was on several state lists, including the 2021-2022 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. Her most recent middle grade novel, TIPS FOR MAGICIANS (Crown Books for Young Readers), is a Junior Library Guild selection. Celesta is a musical theater performer, an elephant advocate, and a member of the SCBWI and the Storymakers Guild. She lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, two children, and a five-pound Yorkie named Winston.
CHARLIE N. HOLMBERG is a Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author of fantasy and romance fiction. She is published in over 20 languages, has been a finalist for a RITA award and multiple Whitney awards, and won the 2020 Whitney for Novel of the Year for Adult Fiction. Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, and owns too many pairs of glasses. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her site here.
CHELSEA HALE is the author of multiple #1 Amazon Bestselling series, including The Sundaes for Breakfast series, A Falling for You Billionaire romance series, and the Betting on Christmas series. She writes sweet, swoony, and flirty romances with sigh-worthy kisses and witty banter. Chelsea is passionate about writing, reading, Broadway musicals, singing, and capturing life through a 50 mm lens. She loves to travel and gains inspiration for her books wherever she goes. In her mind, caramel improves every dessert, movies are better with romance, popcorn always benefits from more salt, and cookies are better raw. She is married to her Prince Charming. They have four children and live near the Rocky Mountains, where they are living their happily ever after every day.
CHRISTIE VALENTINE POWELL wrote her first story in second grade (about her and her crush taking their children to the zoo) and never stopped. She has published 11 fantasy books since 2015, all set in the same fantasy world. When not writing, she enjoys arts and crafts, and running a small hobby farm. She lives near the sunniest city in the world (Yuma, Arizona) with her husband and four children.
CINDY BALDWIN is the award-winning author of WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW, BEGINNERS WELCOME, and THE STARS OF WHISTLING RIDGE. She has mentored and critiqued for Pitch Wars, We Need Diverse Books, Storymakers, and SCBWI. In addition to writing fiction, Cindy is a passionate disability activist. She lives near Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.
CINDY M. HOGAN is a USA Today bestselling author of young adult suspense, action and adventure novels that always have a dash of clean romance. After her first series, The Watched Series, skyrocketed her to number one, she hasn’t let up and now has over 30 novels to her name. She’s always on the move and never sits down to write, instead she walks and talks into a recorder and lets her computer transcribe her words. You’ll always find her listening to an audiobook while working in her park-like yard, cooking or baking something delicious. She dreams to someday have a German style bakery with a cute to-go window for Gelato.
COLBY DUNN has been at his author career for more than 10 years while working local and international jobs and recently completed his first epic fantasy trilogy, The Eyes of Fate. His unnecessarily random hobbies range from illustrating to gaming to street magic, but most of his time is taken up by martial arts, both Japanese fencing and Kung Fu, and of course, writing. He served an LDS mission in Japan and currently teaches martial arts privately from his home in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and three children.
CRYSTAL LIECHTY is the author of First: Get Caught (a stalker’s guide to love), a YA romance, as well as Educating Mom, a slice of life comic. She currently manages a team of storytellers for a tech company in Silicon Valley. Before that, she worked as a journalist, newspaper editor, acquisitions editor, ghostwriter and graphic designer (but not all at the same time). She homeschools her three kids, watches Korean drama in her spare time, and generally keeps herself busy so the paralyzing existential dread doesn’t creep in.
DAN WELLS is the New York Times bestselling author of the post-apocalyptic teen series PARTIALS, the middle grade ZERO CHRONICLES, the supernatural thriller series I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, and many more. He cohosts the Hugo-winning podcast Writing Excuses, and edited the anthology ALTERED PERCEPTIONS to raise awareness of mental illness. Dan lives in Utah with his wife, 6 children, and more than 450 boardgames.
DAVID CROSS – CISSP, GWAPT, GPEN, GCIH, ISTQB A Distinguished Principal Security Architect for Henry Schein, David served as President of the InfraGard, and on the board of UtahSec, and currently is a board member of the Cyber Security Collaboration Forum. In his spare time David writes security related articles for ISACA. But David’s real claim to fame is being married to the one and only Ali Cross. Also worthy of note, David created the first voice operated hacking tool and presented it at the famed Black Hat conference on two occasions. David is currently building a self-contained wearable voice operated hacking AI assistant. David loves speaking at cyber security conferences, writing code, stories, and hacking stuff.
DAVID POWERS KING was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to become a writer. He is an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, and also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. His works include the internationally published YA Fantasy Woven, The Undead Road: My Zombie Summer, and The Dragon’s Heart: A LaVóndian Fairytale. He now lives in the mountain West with his wife and four children.
DR. KYLE WILLIAM BISHOP is a third-generation professor at Southern Utah University, where he teaches courses in film studies, American literature, and fantasy/horror literature. He has published a variety of articles on popular culture, including Night of the Living Dead, Fight Club, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Walking Dead, and Frankenstein. He received a PhD in English from the University of Arizona and has published two monographs on zombies in popular culture–American Zombie Gothic (2010) and How Zombies Conquered Popular Culture (2015).
DUSTIN HANSEN has been writing non-fiction books in the video game market for over ten years. As a veteran in the video game industry with 10 books under his belt, Dustin has found joy in sharing the bizarre cross section that his passion of reading, art, and gaming have to offer.
ELLIE WHITNEY – By the time she turned three, Ellie Whitney was addicted to books, so a master’s degree to teach high school English seemed a natural fit. She graduated summa cum laude, receiving a perfect score on the Praxis, the national teacher qualification exam, for English language, literature, and composition. Afterwards, she taught for ten years. Her work has appeared in various local, state, and national publications. Currently, Ellie lives in Virginia where she attempts to work as a writing tutor and freelance editor while her wonderful family, two cats, and several stashes of dark chocolate constantly interrupt her.
EMILY ANN ADAMS holds a degree in English Education and is the author of “Is There No Other Way: Exploring Growth Through Grief”. She has also co-authored a picture book with her daughter entitled, “Learning From Loss: A Guide for Children and Families Coping With Death”. Emily is the creator of Ministering Moms of Missing Multiples, a bereavement support group for mothers who have lost one or more of their multiples. An advocate for exploring the world and embracing diversity, Emily has lived in Paris, France, volunteered in Mexico teaching English, and worked with a nonprofit organization in southern India helping those afflicted with leprosy. She and her husband are the parents of four living children and one angel son.
EMILY BLEEKER is the best-selling author of six novels. Combined, her books have reached over 1.5 million readers. She is a two-time Whitney Award finalist, a Wall Street Journal bestseller, Amazon charts bestseller and was recently listed as one of the top 100 Kindle authors “of all time.” Emily lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her four kids and a growing menagerie of animals. Between writing and being a mom, she attempts to learn guitar, sings along to the radio (loudly), performs with a local improv troupe and embraces her newfound addiction to running.
EMILY INOUYE HUEY is the author of Beneath the Wide Silk Sky (Scholastic, Fall 2022). She teaches creative writing at Salt Lake Community College. Her passions include education, the arts, the outdoors, and her family. Her latest updates can be found on Instagram @emily_inouye_huey or at emilyhuey.com.
EMILY MAH TIPPETTS writes speculative fiction as Emily Mah, contemporary as E.M. Tippetts, and cowrites children’s books with her boys as D.Z. Mah. Her titles include the bestselling Someone Else’s Fairytale series (as E.M. Tippetts), and numerous short stories sold to markets like Analog: Science Fiction and Fact and The Dragon and the Stars, a collection of stories from the Chinese diaspora (as Emily Mah). She also owns E.M. Tippetts Book Designs (a formatting company) and WorkHorse Productions (an audiobook production company).
EMILY PAXMAN is a writer and artist from beautiful British Columbia, Canada. She studied Anthropology and Philosophy at the University of Victoria and has her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. Professionally, she works as a video game writer/story developer for a local indie game studio. You can find her comic, Neptune Bay, online on Webtoon.
GINA DENNY writes SFF for teens and non-fiction for parents and educators. She hosts The Pineapple P. Podcast with Darci Cole, analyzing How I Met Your Mother from a writer’s perspective and is a contributing editor to IN OMNIA PARATUS, an online magazine critiquing the writing in Gilmore Girls. She also writes educational materials for Kiwi Crate and has experience writing curriculum for kids of all ages. She is a homeschooler, an erstwhile music teacher, and a spreadsheet junkie.
GREGG LUKE was raised in Santa Barbara, California. He pursued his formal education in Biologic Sciences at SBCC, UCSB, and BYU. He completed his schooling at the University of Utah, College of Pharmacy, including a rotation with the Utah Poison Control Center. He currently practices clinical pharmacy in Logan, Utah. Gregg is a lover of all things science. He is a prolific reader, writer, and lecturer. His novels include: The Survivors, Do No Harm, Altered State, Blink of an Eye, Bloodborne, Deadly Undertakings, The Healer, Infected, The Hunter’s Son, and Plague, seven of which were Whitney Award finalists, and novellas The Death House (Twisted Fate anthology) and Insidious (Entangled anthology).
HEATHER B. MOORE is a USA Today bestselling author of more than seventy publications. She also writes under H.B. Moore and Jane Redd. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College, the Anglican School of Jerusalem, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University. Heather is a co-founder of the Timeless Romance Anthology brand and runs the freelance editing group, Precision Editing Group. Heather writes for Thomas & Mercer, Covenant Communications, and Shadow Mountain. Any manuscript leftover gets indie published so no stories are wasted (they might be greatly revised though . . .)
HEATHER CLARK is the author of LEMON DROP FALLS. She grew up in Canada, and now lives in Utah, with her husband and three children who inspire the books she writes. Heather’s work as a writer, photographer, and teacher helps her see the beauty and unique value in every person. After dealing with her own childhood anxiety and OCD, Heather is passionate about representing neurodiverse children powerfully in fiction. Heather is the cofounder of the www.MGBookParty.com podcast and Clubhouse interview series. When not working, you’ll find her camping, knitting, or board gaming. Learn more here.
JAIME THELER is the author of two non-fiction books with a small press, Enjoying the Journey and Parenting the Ephraim’s Child. She has also been a newspaper writer and proofreader, corporate social media coordinator, marketing project manager, and freelance content writer and editor for fiction, non-fiction, and business writing. She now manages a large team of writers and editors at a digital marketing agency that has helped hundreds of companies like Avis/Budget, NuSkin, Visionworks, and Pluralsight improve their online presence. Jaime has been on the Storymakers committee for over ten years and is passionate about helping authors succeed.
JAMIE HIXON has worked professionally as an actress, playwright, director, teacher, choreographer, costume designer, musical director, and voice teacher. She has a BFA in theater from UCSB. She loves stories in all forms, and is obsessed with studying the craft of writing. Jamie writes in many genres, but publishes sweet romance as J.L. Hixon.
JANE HUGHES studied 10th century herbal charms at BYU and Cambridge, and thereby rendered herself unemployable. She eventually realized people would pay more for her roasted artichokes than her rarefied articles, and attended culinary school in Boston. She’s been a private chef for seven years, though she also works as an audiobook narrator, freelance editor, and artist. She has edited Netflix pitch proposals, been a TA for Brandon Sanderson, and cooked seven-course dinner parties. She has a spinning wheel, a huge garden, and a collection of poisonous botanical prints. However, she is not a witch.
JANETTE RALLISON – USA Today, bestselling author, Janette Rallison/ CJ Hill writes books because writing is much more fun than cleaning bathrooms. Her avoidance of housework has led her to writing 32 novels that have sold over 1,000,000 print copies and have been on many reading and state lists. Her books are fantasy, sci-fi, and romantic comedy because hey, there is enough angst in real life, but there’s a drastic shortage of humor, romance, and hot guys who fight dragons. She lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, kids, and enough cats to classify her as eccentric.
JARED GARRETT is a family man, husband, dad, speaker, writer, coach, professional dabbler, hobby mentalist, and end-times cult escapee. He’s written and published eight books, traveled the world, and seen countless plays with his favorite person. He’s married to Annemarie Garrett and couldn’t be happier. Together, they might not be Voltron, but they’re close.
JAYROD GARRETT longs for a world in which all of us are seen as human. Often his poetry questions our humanity and reflects on our notions of being human. He writes in the dark spaces of our souls, because he believes we don’t see them enough. He’s published his poetry in local anthologies and teaches at Dorius Academy in Layton, Utah.
JC BRODY has worked the last 11 years for a disability services office at an Idaho university and is passionate about accessibility for people with disabilities. JC has presented at several conferences, including the A11y conference where she taught on sign language interpreting. She has degrees in Educational Interpreting and Creating Writing with an emphasis in critical literary analysis. She is the author of two plays, winner of the 2019 General Fiction First Chapter Contest, and was the Storymakers Writing Retreat coordinator in 2018 and 2019. She is currently looking for a home for her first novel and is in the process of fulfilling her dream of opening an independent bookstore next year.
JEFF WHEELER is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over thirty fantasy novels including his latest, The Druid (The Dawning of Muirwood series). He has sold over 5 million books so far. He left his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. Jeff is a husband, father of five, and devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He lives in the Rocky Mountains. Learn more about Jeff’s publishing journey in Your First Million Words and visit his many worlds at www.jeff-wheeler.com.
JEN GEIGLE JOHNSON An award-winning author of more than thirteen published historical fiction/romance novels, Jen Geigle Johnson discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a teenager. While all of her books have a strong romance plot, she becomes captivated in the time periods and shares bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten, like the events at Peterloo, the women involved in the French Revolution, or the earliest calls for women’s suffrage in England. Of all the voices to remember, she feels women’s voices are some of the strongest.
JENNIFER A. NIELSEN gets to do what she loves: To write. She lives with people she loves in a lovely little town. How could life get any better? Maybe if chocolate was a health food. Yeah, definitely that.
JENNIFER MOORE lives with one husband and four sons, who produce heaps of laundry and laughter. She earned a BA from the University of Utah in Linguistics, which she uses mostly for answering Jeopardy questions. A reader of history and romance, she loves traveling, tall ships, scented candles, and watching cake decorating videos. When she’s not driving carpool, writing, or helping with homework, she’ll usually be found playing tennis.
JENNIFER PEEL is a USA Today bestselling author who didn’t grow up wanting to be a writer, she was aiming for something more realistic like being the first female president. When that didn’t work out, she started writing just before her fortieth birthday. Now after publishing several award-winning and bestselling novels she’s addicted to typing and chocolate. When she’s not glued to her laptop and a bag of Dove dark chocolates, she loves spending time with her family, making daily Target runs, reading, and pretending she can do Zumba.
JENSEN PARRISH HALL has a degree in Creative Writing and is the author of articles in LDS Living Magazine and for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She has spoken at Time Out for Women and many firesides speaking about navigating grief with faith. As a hard of hearing and African American writer she feels it is important that authors work towards inclusivity in their work. On her social media accounts, she helps people to learn sign language and shares her experiences of being hard of hearing. She spends her days chasing two busy little boys while trying to sneak in a novel or two. She is currently working on a non-fictional inspirational book for young women discussing how they can embrace their own uniqueness and self-worth.
JENTRY FLINT is a bookworm-turned-writer with the propensity to try just about anything. She has two novella’s published with Literary Crush Publishing, and her debut novel, Games in a Ballroom, comes out May of 2022 with Shadow Mountain Publishing. Her true love of history led her to writing historical fiction–it was the kissing scenes that were completely unexpected. She lives in sunny southern Utah with her husband and two daughters, where they enjoy mornings on the trail, afternoons in the water, and evenings on the couch.
JESS SMART SMILEY is a joke! Seriously. He makes rad pictures with his bare hands and writes stories for children, teens, and adults. Jess is currently writing and illustrating 3 graphic novels for Macmillan and his comics activity book “Let’s Make Comics!” debuted at #1 on Amazon in 4 categories.
JESSICA DAY GEORGE is the bestselling author of over a dozen fantasy books for middle grade and young adult readers. Originally from Idaho, and having lived in Delaware and New Jersey, she is now settled in Salt Lake City with her husband, three children, and fluffy dog. She likes books, dark chocolate, knitting, Disneyland, and movies, in that order.
JESSICA GUERNSEY writes Urban and Sci-Fi novels and short stories. A BYU alumna with a degree in Journalism, her work is published in magazines and anthologies. By day, she crushes dreams as a slush pile reader for three publishers. During November’s NaNoWriMo, Jessica is a Municipal Liaison. Frequently, she can be found at writing conferences. She isn’t difficult to spot; just look for the extrovert. While she spent her teenage angst in Texas, she now lives on a mountain in Utah. Discover more stories at jessicaguernsey.com.
JESSIE CAL is a USA Today bestselling author with over eighteen romance and suspense novels. Her books are filled with drama, twists and turns, and romance that gives you all the feels.
JOHAN TWISS is passionate about writing clean science fiction and fantasy stories. He has nine published works, including his award-winning novel, 4 Years Trapped in My Mind Palace, and the I Am Sleepless series. Johan doubles as an audiobook narrator is the recipient of the Lonestar.Ink Rising Star Award and was a finalist in the Screencraft Cinematic Book Competition. Learn more at www.johantwiss.com.
JOHN D. BROWN is an indie and trad pub author that writes action-packed novels with characters you want to cheer for in the thriller, epic fantasy, and science fiction genres. He’s won the Whitney Award, the Dragon Award, and sold books to tens-of-thousands of readers across the globe. He currently lives with his wife in the hinterlands of Utah where one encounters much fresh air, many good-hearted ranchers, and the occasional wolf.
JOLENE (JO) PERRY is a middle and high school teacher turned author and a former “Author in Residence” at Alaska Pacific University. She married the guy she kissed on her high school graduation night, is a life-long Alaskan living in Colorado, and has spent months sailing in the Caribbean. She’s a multi-time Whitney Award finalist, writes in multiple genres, and creates workbooks and courses for DIY authors.
JOLIE TAYLOR (@endlessfairytales) has 50K+ combined followers on Instagram and TikTok. She found her future audience before publishing a book. She uses social media to connect with readers and writers. She’s worked with publishers (such as Scholastic, MacMillan, Penguin, Workman, Shadow Mountain, Running Press, etc.) to promote books on her accounts. She spent over a year as a representative for Tiny Humans Read and has interviewed on the podcast Books for Kids and Two Babes and a Book. She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with an emphasis in English and is a sucker for books with magic and romance.
JOSI S. KILPACK is the author of more than thirty novels, a cookbook, and several co-authored works. She is the winner of multiple Whitney Awards as well as a Best of State winner in Fiction. She is the mother of four and lives in northern Utah.
JUDY CORRY is a USA Today Bestselling author of YA and Contemporary Romance and a founding member of The Writing Gals. She’s known for writing heart-pounding kisses, endearing characters, and hard-won happily ever afters. Judy is a six-figure indie author and passionate about giving back to the writing community by sharing her successes, failures and tricks of the trade.
JULIE HAHN is the author of Fly With Me, a middle grade book that tackles childhood cancer with a gentle, magical touch. When Julie was ten, she fell in love with reading and used it as a way to both escape and confront her fears and worries. She believes that books can help everyone deal with hard issues in safe ways. She now lives in Salt Lake City with three wonderful children and three crazy cats. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her working in kindergarten at a local elementary school or crocheting animals for her kids.
JULIE WRIGHT has written 25 novels, is a two-time Whitney Award winner for best romance, and is a Crown Heart recipient. The American Library Association listed “Glass Slippers, Ever After, and Me” in their 2020 top ten best romances and “A Captain for Caroline Gray” in their 2021 top ten best romances. She loves writing, reading, traveling, hiking, playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.
KAELA RIVERA writes about the folktales of her Mexican-American and British parents from the mountains of the Wild West. When she’s not crafting stories, she’s working as a senior editor for a marketing company—or secretly doodling her characters in the margins of her notebook. Her debut novel Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls won the 2022 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, and its sequels come out Fall 2022 and Fall 2023.
KAKI OLSEN is an author dedicated to stories that rely less on tropes and more on realism. Her debut novel was a retelling of Swan Lake and her recent anthology explores the ways in which Christmas spirit extends into the age of space travel. BYU educated, she enjoys teaching a more inclusive approach to world-building.
KARLIE LUCAS A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie Lucas received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society; ANWA, the American Night Writers Association, and SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling. When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally.
KATHERINE COWLEY is the author of The Secret Life of Miss Mary Bennet, The TrueConfessions of a London Spy, and the forthcoming novel The Lady’s Guide to Death and Deception. She has also published a number of short stories and novellas, and is on the board of directors for the Mormon Lit Lab. Her blog, Jane Austen Writing Lessons, was selected by The Write Life as one of the 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2021. She teaches writing classes at Western Michigan University, and lives in Kalamazoo with her husband and three daughters.
KATHI ORAM PETERSON loves writing romantic suspense that makes readers fall in love with the hero, but also double-check door locks and sleep with a flashlight. And what’s a good suspense without romance. She spent years practicing her craft while raising her family and earning her degree. Her dream of publishing a novel came true in 2009. To date she has had fourteen novels published and has won two Whitney Awards.
KATHRYN PURDIE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Burning Glass series and the Bone Crier’s Moon duology. Kathryn is a trained classical actress who studied at the Oxford School of Drama and has taught writing classes at Storymakers, Teen Author Boot Camp, Futurescapes, Writing and Illustrating for Young Children (WIFYR), FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention, Sundance Workshops, and was a keynote speaker for Writing for Charity, Young Authors Academy, and the BYU Idaho College of Language and Letters. You can find her online at kathrynpurdie.com.
KAYLYNN FLANDERS graduated with a degree in English Language and editing, and spent many years as a freelance editor before turning her passion to writing. Her award-winning YA fantasy novel, Shielded, and its sequel, Untethered, were published by Delacorte Press/PRH. KayLynn loves reading, writing, traveling, and volleyball, and thinks there’s nothing better than a spur-of-the-moment road trip.
KENDARE BLAKE is the author of several novels and short stories, most of which you can find information about via the links above. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, and Richard Linklater. She lives and writes in Gig Harbor, Washington, with her husband, their cat son Tyrion Cattister, red Doberman dog son Obi-Dog Kenobi, rottie mix dog daughter Agent Scully, and naked Sphynx cat son Armpit McGee.
KIRSTI CALL co-hosts the PICTURE BOOK LOOK podcast, is a critique ninja and elf for12×12, and a Rate Your Story judge. She’s judged the CYBILS award for fiction picture books since 2015. She’s the author of picture books, MOOTILDA’S BAD MOOD (Little Bee), COW SAYS MEOW (HMH) and COLD TURKEY (Little Brown). Her board book, THE BIG SCREAM (Little Simon) releases in 2022. Kirstine is a therapist trained life coach for creatives, has her MSW from Boston College and is represented by Charlotte Wenger at Prospect Agency.
KRISTA JENSEN Award-winning author Krista Jensen works and plays in the Pacific Northwest with her little black dog and anyone else who wants to tag along. When she’s not exploring the outdoors, she can likely be found with her laptop, a pretty spiral notebook and Pilot Precise V7, writing about love, triumph, and really great kisses. Either that or she’s switching laundry wondering who keeps wearing all these clothes. (It’s her.) For book info and other good things, follow Krista on Instagram @kristajensenbooks.
LAURA OBUOBI received a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and worked as a preschool teacher prior to becoming an author. She is also a graduate of the Writing for Children and Young Adult program, at Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA). Laura studied short story anthologies with setting as the organizing principle for her thesis and discussed how vivid settings bring depth to stories. In addition to her Master’s in Fine Arts degree from VCFA, Laura holds a certificate in Picture Book Writing. Her debut picture book, Black Gold, illustrated by London Ladd releases this year, from HarperCollins.
LEE FALIN fell in love with science while watching old Star Trek episodes with his mother. After completing a PhD in genetics, he discovered that real science wasn’t at all like Star Trek. Fortunately, he realized he enjoyed the fiction part of science fiction quite a bit more than the science part, so he started writing. His favorite books include any good science fiction or fantasy story he wouldn’t be embarrassed to let his grandmother read, and anything written by Jane Austen.
LIESL SHURTLIFF is the New York Times bestselling author of Rump: The Fairly True Tale of Rumpelstiltskin and other books in the (Fairly) True Tales series (Knopf/Random House) and the Time Castaways series (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins). Her books have been named to several state award lists and have won many awards including a Children’s Book Award from the International Literacy Association. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Liesl has called Chicago home for seventeen years. She and her husband have four children who have inspired many characters in Liesl’s books, both hero and villain.
LISA LOWELL comes from an artistic family where she fell into writing because painting, sculpture and drawing were already taken. She grew up doodling in the margins of her manuscripts when she couldn’t get the descriptions right. Now she is the author of five published fantasy novels, as well as many yet-to-be published manuscripts. She also teaches middle school English in her spare time. She and her husband Pat live near Silver Falls Oregon, where she goes for walks to derive inspiration.
LISA MANGUM has worked in publishing since 1997. She has been the Managing Editor for Shadow Mountain since 2014 and has worked with several New York Times best-selling authors. While fiction is her first love, she also has experience working with nonfiction projects. She is also the author of four national best-selling YA novels (The Hourglass Door trilogy and After Hello), several short stories and novellas, and a nonfiction book about the craft of writing based on the TV show Supernatural. She has edited several anthologies. She currently lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy.
LORIN GRACE was born in Colorado and has been moving around the country ever since, living in eight states and several imaginary worlds. She holds a degree in Graphic Design which comes in handy with creating book covers. Lorin’s CPA husband converted her to databases which she now loves. Her editor saves her books from all the things that her dysgraphia leaves on the page. She is mom to four children and a dog who is insanely jealous of her laptop. When not writing Lorin enjoys creating graphics, visiting historical sites, museums, painting furniture, and reading.
LYDIA SUEN was born in Japan and raised in San Francisco. She received her education in novel writing at Stanford University and is currently employed as a writer, editor, and game designer. Her most notable achievement is her work as Story Designer for Adventures in Rokugan.
MARION JENSEN has spent 25 years studying and applying the principles and craft of learning and instructional design. He’s also spent 25 years studying and applying the principles and craft of writing. The overlap of these two topics has helped him learn and teach writing using several unique formats and methods. Marion has two books published with HarperCollins, and is currently repped by Katherine Wessbecher of the Bradford Literary Agency.
MEGAN CLEMENTS is a born and bred Idaho girl who loves whatever she’s doing at themoment—hiking, camping, family time, baking, traveling, reading, sports, you name it. She loves creating fast-paced novels across multiple genres and was selected for 2018 Pitch Wars Mentorship for her MG Fantasy, THE CURSE OF THE PASSKEY. An Author Accelerator Certified Book Coach and developmental editor, she loves helping authors create the book they always dreamed of writing.
MELANIE BENNETT JACOBSON lives in Southern California with her husband and children, a series of doomed houseplants, and a naughty miniature schnauzer. She substitutes high school English classes for fun and holds a Masters in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a USA Today bestseller and a two-time Whitney Award winner for contemporary romance. Her YA novels are represented by Alyssa Henkin of Birch Literary.
MICHELE PAIGE HOLMES spent her childhood often curled up with a good book instead of out enjoying the sunshine. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education and found it an excellent major in which to indulge her love of children’s literature. She is an editor at Precision Editing Group and greatly enjoys helping other authors learn the craft of writing. She is the author of fifteen published romance novels, including the HOLIDAY HARBOR contemporary series, HEARTHFIRE HISTORICALS, and the FOREVER AFTER series. She is also the author of four novellas in the TIMELESS ROMANCE and TIMELESS VICTORIAN COLLECTIONS.
MICHELLE PENNINGTON is a USA Today Bestselling author of clean romance. Because she was never good at making decisions, she writes contemporary, young adult, historical, romcom, and fantasy. The genre might change but her characters will always be falling in love. When not writing, she spends her days quoting movies with her husband and making messes faster than her four kids. She used to have a lot of hobbies, but then she got addicted to k-dramas. Michelle also teaches and supports other authors as one of The Writing Gals.
MINDY STRUNK is a noble lover and has been for many years. She has published 16 books (most of them featuring a member of the peerage) and has earned an Amazon Best seller tag numerous times. She majored in history with a double emphasis in the areas of European and American. And while most of her books take place in the Regency, she loves all periods of history.
NATALIE LAKOSIL began her career as a literary agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and Bradford Literary Agency before joining the Irene Goodman Agency in 2021. An honors graduate of the University of San Diego, California, Natalie holds a B.A. in Literature/Writing. For over a dozen years she has championed and helped to build the careers of numerous award-winning, critically acclaimed and bestselling authors. Natalie represents adult nonfiction, adult cozy mystery/crime, female-driven thrillers, upmarket women’s/general fiction, illustrators, and all ages (picture book, chapter book, MG, YA) of children’s literature, both fiction and nonfiction. Read more on her website.
NICHOLE ECK graduated from Brigham Young University in 2012 with degrees in English, Editing, and Linguistics and has been editing and writing ever since! Her first book—a parenting book all about goals—was published by Covenant Publishing in 2020. She’s currently working on several other projects—all adult science fiction and fantasy—while she stays at home with her four adorable daughters in Spanish Fork.
NICHOLE VAN is a long-time writer, international award-winning photographer, and former BYU adjunct faculty. The best-selling author of 18 novels, she was the Whitney Award Winner for Best Historical Romance 2018. Though originally from Utah, she currently lives on the northeast coast of Scotland with her husband and three children. In her free time, she enjoys long walks along the Scottish lochs and braes. She does not, however, enjoy haggis.
PEGGY EDDLEMAN has traditionally published middle-grade action / adventure books through Random House that landed on a bunch of state lists. She is also a USA Today bestselling and award-winning indie author with seventeen sweet contemporary romance books and romantic comedies under the name Meg Easton. She has presented about books and writing at schools and writing conferences all over the country. You can find out more at peggyeddleman.com and megeaston.com.
PRISCILLA OLIVERAS is a USA Today bestselling author and 2018 RWA® RITA® double finalist who writes contemporary romance with a Latinx flavor. She and her work have earned praise from the O, The Oprah Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Redbook, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist, amongst others. Priscilla earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and currently serves as adjunct faculty in the program and teaches the online class “Romance Writing” for ed2go. While she’s a devotee of the romance genre, Priscilla also considers herself a sports fan, beach lover, and Zumba aficionado, who often practices the art of napping in her backyard hammock. To follow along on her fun-filled and hectic life, visit her on the web, on Twitter or on Facebook.
RACHEL BATEMAN is an author and screenwriter living in the middle of Montana. Her novel Someone Else’s Summer was optioned for film before selling to a publisher, with Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’s Bailee Madison attached to play the lead. Prior to turning to writing, she worked as a film buyer, where she used all her spare time talking to Hollywood studios to find out what makes them say YES to a story. When she’s not writing, you can find Rachel sewing, wrangling chickens, or planning her next road trip.
RAMONA SIDDOWAY has written extensively around the world. From a freelance journalist camping out under the African stars and writing about endangered animals, researching missing paintings in Belgian Cathedrals, or deep diving into temple theology for her most recent published book—We are Adam—Ramona has waded through almost every genre of writing, and has the research to prove it! She has learned how to manage her time, organize her writing, and has been able to not only follow her dreams, but to catch them as well!
RANEÉ CLARK has eight years of free-lance editing experience and an eye for story. She loves helping authors find both little and big holes, as well as polishing grammar and punctuation. She has a degree in history from the University of Wyoming that she loves putting to use for her clients. She has an eye for perfection and seeks to make sure every client is satisfied with any project they work on together. She’s a multi-published author with experience in both the indie and traditional publishing markets. When she’s not chauffeuring her boys to various activities (and sometimes while she is), she loves to read, obsess over clothes, and figure out how to find Crumbl cookies in rural Wyoming.
REBECCA CONNOLLY is the author of more than two dozen novels. She calls herself a Midwest girl, having lived in Ohio and Indiana. She’s always been a bookworm, and her grandma would send her books almost every month so she would never run out. Book Fairs were her carnival, and libraries are her happy place. She received a master’s degree from West Virginia University.
REBECCA RODE is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of TIDES OF MUTINY, the dystopian Numbers Game series, and the Ember trilogy. She is also the author of the inspirational book for moms, HOW TO HAVE PEACE WHEN YOU’RE FALLING TO PIECES, as well as number of online newspaper and magazine articles. It’s her books about fierce teens smashing societal barriers, however, that she enjoys writing the most. Rebecca has five children, two cats, one husband, and a ridiculous number of books. She is represented by Kelly Peterson at Rees Literary.
ROBIN M. KING is the author of 3 traditionally published YA romantic suspense novels (Remembrandt, Van Gogh Gone, and Memory of Monet) and a children’s book, Postcards from Pinky. She received her BA in education from BYU and has teaching for over fifteen years. When she’s not writing or helping her students remember the quadratic formula, she leads a clandestine life as a wife and mother of six. Don’t tell anyone, but she’s also an undercover marathoner, karateka, photographer, singer, seamstress, baker, and household appliance repairman. She’s represented by Liza Fleissig at the Liza Royce Agency.
ROBISON WELLS is the New York Times bestselling author of a lot of books in a lot of languages. He is the Senior Content Writing Specialist at NPAccel, one of the world’s premiere digital marketing agencies.
ROSALYN EVES grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. She has a PhD in English from Penn State and teaches English at Southern Utah University. The first book in her YA fantasy trilogy, BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, was a Whitney award winner. Her historical YA, BEYOND THE MAPPED STARS (Knopf/Random House), features a young LDS woman coming of age during the 1878 solar eclipse in the American West.
RUTH OLSON writes sci-fi under the pen name R.M. Olson. Besides being an author, she has ridden the Trans Siberian railway, jumped off the highest bungee jump in the world, gone cage-diving with great white sharks, faced down a charging buffalo bull, and knows how to milk a goat. Currently she resides in Alberta, Canada with her four children, three cats, and a dog the size of a small bear. She goes hiking and skiing more often than she probably has time for, eats more chocolate than is probably good for her, and reads more books than is probably prudent. She has dictated her last five novels, and has countless piles of folded laundry and copious amounts of questionable knitwear to attest to that fact.
S.E. BURR writes brilliantly silly stories for children (and sometimes teaches them math at the same time) and deeply quirky books for adults. Her titles include the Math Pirates series, for Little Books of BIG Choices, the YA Gobbled series, and 1% Clean: A Funny Story about Fractions and Percents. By day she works in tech support at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She and her husband are the parents of two boys.
SALLY BRITTON is a wife, mother, and author who loves the world of historical romance. She started indie publishing in 2018 and was a six-figure author by 2019. Growing her writing into a full-time business, Sally let her husband retire from his dangerous day job in 2020, and they moved to a small town in Oklahoma where she can focus on raising a family and building a successful career. With over twenty indie-published titles, Sally is determined to be successful and bring as many people with her as she can.
SARAH ALLEN is a poet and author of books for young readers. Her first book, WHAT STARS ARE MADE OF, was an ALA Notable Book of 2020 and her second, BREATHING UNDERWATER, is a Jr. Library Guild Selection for 2021. Kirkus Reviews called it “a heartfelt, multifaceted treasure hunt.” Born and raised in Utah, she received an MFA in creative writing from Brigham Young University, and now lives in Tampa, Florida. She spends her non-writing time singing show tunes too loudly and going through the complete filmography of David Ogden Stiers. Find her online @sarahallenbooks.
SARAH M. EDEN is a USA Today best-selling author of witty and charming historical romances, including 2020’s Foreword Reviews INDIE Awards Gold Winner for Romance, Forget Me Not, and 2020 Holt Medallion finalist, Healing Hearts. She is a two-time “Best of State” Gold Medal winner for fiction and a three-time Whitney Award winner. Combining her obsession with history and her affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting deep characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library.
SEPTEMBER C. FAWKES Sometimes I scare people with my enthusiasm for writing and reading. I have worked in the fiction-writing industry for over ten years, editing for both award-winning and best-selling authors as well as beginning writers. When not editing, I’m penning my own stories and running an award-winning writing tip blog at SeptemberCFawkes.com. I also serve as a writing coach on WritersHelpingWriters.net. Some may say I need to get a social life. It’d be easier if my fictional one wasn’t so interesting.
SERENE HEINER As a creative soul, Serene Heiner has many passions including writing, art, and teaching. She has a degree in visual arts where she studied everything from bookbinding to graphic design, animation to illustration! She even taught classes at BYU. Serene has a growing Bookstagram account where she creates magical photos using the books on her shelf, and a fun Booktok account where she talks about—you guessed it, books!
SHANNON COOLEY writes fantasy for multiple ages under variations of her own name, and contemporary romance under the name Shanna Delaney. She has a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from BYU-Idaho, and the fastest she’s ever written was 32k words in 3 days, which she hopes never to have to manage again.
SHEENA BOEKWEG grew up reading books with tree branches peeking over her shoulder. Her novels Glitch Kingdom and A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions, both with Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan, feature fat positive girls with ambitions, love stories, and sometimes battle axes. She’s a contributor to Every Body Shines, a fat-positive anthology from Bloomsbury, and is an alumni of the 2015 Pitch Wars Program and a Pitch Wars mentor in 2017, 2018, and 2020. Sheena believes that beauty is intrinsic and worth is unquestionable, and thinks you can’t solve all problems with food, but it will always help. She is well loved by a tall man with a great beard, her three kids, a demon kitten, and the world’s most spoiled puppy. She’s represented by Jessica Sinsheimer at Context Literary.
SHELLY BROWN is the award-winning author of Mustaches for Maddie, Squint, and Willa and the Whale (co-authored with Chad Morris.) When there is no pandemic she tours the country talking to students about the importance of reading, being kind, building good relationships, and getting help when we need it. She has 5 kids, a fabulous husband, BTS dolls (action figures?), and a deep love for glitter.
SIAN ANN BESSEY was born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales. She left her homeland to attend Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in English. She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then, she has published historical, historical romance, and contemporary romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children’s books. She is a USA Today best-selling author and a Whitney Award finalist.
SIERRA WILSON is the author of several books for children including Standout Saints: Church History Heroes from Around the World and The Atonement of Jesus Chris is for Me. She is an active member of three wonderful critique groups that have been going strong for several years. Her critique partners are some of her dearest friends and have helped shape her growth as a writer. When she’s not writing, you can find Sierra exploring the beautiful Canadian outdoors with her husband and four little ones. Either that or cozied up with a good book and a bar of chocolate.
STACEY LEYBAS studied recreation theory at Brigham Young University and earned a BS in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership. She worked for two Parks and Recreation departments organizing city-wide games and community events. In addition, she coached high school lacrosse, designs home-based escape rooms, and is unbeatable at Dr. Mario. Stacey also writes games into her own kidlit stories ranging from picture books to middle grade fiction.
STEFANIE HOHL is the creator of the award-winning ABC See, Hear, Do series and the author of The Remember Tree and Where is the Star. She has an MFA from Vermont College’s Writing for Children and Young Adults program and a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Children’s Literature from Penn State. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, five kids, a very silly dog, and two cuddly cats.
STEPHANIE BLACK is the author of twelve novels, most recently the Natalie Marsh mystery series. She is a four-time Whitney Award winner for Best Mystery/Suspense and a finalist for Best Speculative Novel. She thinks the Storymakers Conference is one of the best events on the planet and loves to hang out with a bunch of people who understand hand-wringing over characterization, the thrill of twisting a plot, and the temptation to overuse em-dashes.
TANNER HANSEN is a writer and comic book illustrator who learned to draw, and tell stories by playing video games. He is the co-writer and researcher for The Greatest Stories Ever Played (Macmillan 2021), and he’s currently working on his first graphic novel (2022).
TARA C. ALLRED is an award-winning author, instructional designer, and educator. She has been recognized as a California Scholar of the Arts for Creative Writing, is a Kindle Book Award Finalist, a Whitney Award Winner, and a recipient of the Howey Awards for Best Adult Book and Best Adult Author. Tara has a passion for education and enjoys designing coursework that helps learners learn. She has worked with national and international companies, such as IBM, Cornell University, and K12, Inc. She loves the power of literature and enjoys coaching others to unleash their creative stories.
TARALYN JOHNSON is a nurse practitioner who appreciates realistic (and preferably short) portrayals of death and dying in literature, regardless of genre. Her experience includes over five years in acute pain management, a year in pediatric and adult hospice, and six years in treating the physical complications of eating disorders. Perhaps because of her career choices, she’s committed to happy endings in fiction, and her four published books (under her pen name, Roxanne McNeil) have very minimal tragedy.
TESIA TSAI is an MFA graduate in creative writing. She has been mentored by writers such as Martine Leavitt, Lori M. Lee, Xiran Jay Zhao, and Meg Long. She writes YA fantasy inspired by Asian folklore and is a proud alum of Pitch Wars (class of 2020, woot!). She is currently working on draft one million of her WIP, so she’s consuming plenty of K-dramas/C-dramas, T-Swift, and Swig to keep herself sane. Twitter: @tesia_tee.
THERESA PAOLO lives in Long Island, NY with her fiancé and their fish. She writes steamy small-town romances with sassy heroines, sexy heroes and feisty townspeople. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, brewery hopping or daydreaming. She loves coffee, all things Christmas and fall, and to-do lists. She also writes YA romance under Tessa Marie.
TIANA SMITH is a copywriter turned novelist who grew up in the Rocky Mountains. When she isn’t reading or writing, she spends her free time doing nail art and graphic design. She has double degrees in Honors and English from Westminster College but wants to go back to school to learn sign language. Tiana is the author of Match Me If You Can and How To Speak Boy, both from Macmillan.
TIFFANY ROSENHAN is the debut author of young adult spy thriller-romance mashup, GIRL FROM NOWHERE (Bloomsbury). She is a mother to four young daughters, and has a degree in Political Science. She loves to travel and be outdoors with her children and husband, a critical care physician and stroke survivor. She resides in Millcreek, Utah.
TRACI HUNTER ABRAMSON was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas as well as the skills needed to survive her children’s teenage years. She loves to travel and recently retired after 26 years of coaching her local high school swim team. She has written more than thirty best-selling novels and is a seven-time Whitney Award winner, including 2017 and 2019 Best Novel of the Year.
VICTORINE LIESKE self-published her first book, Not What She Seems, in April of 2010. In March of 2011, Not What She Seems began its 6-week run on The New York Times best-selling eBook list. By May 2011 she had sold over 100,000 copies. Victorine’s first romantic comedy novel hit the USA Today Bestselling books list in January 2015. When she’s not writing, she’s watching Korean Dramas, or making something with her extensive yarn collection.
WENDY JESSEN is the author of “Hope and Healing: A Survivor’s Faith-Based Perspective on Recovering from Sexual Abuse,” runs a website for survivors of sexual abuse and those who support them, and spoke at a TEDx event on sexual abuse. She has spent a lot of time researching the impact of trauma on the brain, mind, and body, as well as attending therapy to experience healing first-hand. Wendy also regularly talks to survivors of sexual abuse and works as a victim advocate to support victims of various crimes and traumas find recovery and healing.
WENDY MORKEL is a therapist, researcher, and web content writer on various mental health topics. She has applied her love of great fiction to her co-authored book, Pumpkins at Midnight: A Woman’s Guide to Love, Dating, and Marriage in the Age of Porn and turned a research-driven and often difficult topic into a poignant, humorous, and relatable page-turner that shows readers a path out of a harrowing struggle. Wendy also enjoys presenting on writing techniques at her Utah-based writers group (the ReVisionaries) meetings.
WENDY S. SWORE and her family are farmers. She writes part-time, particularly in winter when the snow gives her time to plant seeds in her imagination. Wendy is the Foreword INDIES Juvenile Fiction Gold winner for her best-selling middle grade novel, A Monster Like Me. Her novel The Wish & The Peacock won honorable mention for 2020 Idaho Book of the Year, and was listed by Bank Street College as one of 2020’s Best Children’s Books of the Year. Her latest book, Strong Like the Sea, came out in May of 2021. She is a member of SCBWI.
WHITNEY SIVILL is an author, paraplegic and mom. She has two LDS-themed books published under pen name WS Deming. She also released her first secular romance, Sweetwater, this past August. She enjoys geekery, crochet and spending time with her family.