Jason Pruett moved around as a child. He found comfort in picture books and he began to create his own. He entered picture book competitions in elementary school and started sending his work to publishers in high school.
After years of art school and drawing, Jason has started illustrating picture books for publishers. You can see his work in the upcoming Seek and Find: Book of Mormon Stories (Cedar Fort 2015) and A is for Abinadi (Cedar Fort 2014). Jason is also proud of the children’s comic book he illustrated, Jimmy Brass: 2nd Grade Detective (WE Comics 2012-2013).
Jason lives in the Los Angeles area and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
For more information on Jason Pruett, visit his website:
Christine Layton Graham is a writer, editor, and college English instructor living in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her books include When Pioneer Wagons Rumbled West, Three Little Robbers,and Peter Peter Picks a Pumpkin House. She has also had pieces published in the New Era and the Friend.
Joan Layton Merrell is a professional calligrapher and fiber artist living in Jefferson City, Missouri. She has exhibited regionally and has been represented by galleries in two states. Her calligraphic art has been published in Letter Arts Review and The Calligrapher’s Engagement Calendar.
Carol Layton Ogden is an artist living in Springville, Utah. Carol studied design at BYU. In recent years she has studied under a variety of artists, including Ann Kullberg and J.K. Richards.
ANNALISA HALL is an author, blogger, ldsbc & byu grad, wife, fast-paced helpmate, mother of three, sewing extraordinaire, ready reader, efficient secretary, glorified storyteller, poetess, busy homemaker, an “aunt anna” 39 times over, a great aunt, lame cook, better baker, great primary teacher, proud visiting teacher, green thumbkin, thrifty shopper, tip junkie, lego queen, airsoft enthusiast, graphic designer, eco-friendly house cleaner, chauffeur, hubby’s best friend, and fanatic.
Born in Rochester, Michigan, Annalisa went on to receive a merit scholarship to the LDS Business College then transferred to Brigham Young University in Provo and worked in, her favorite building, the Harold B. Lee Library. She graduated from BYU with a B.A. in English. She wrote and article entitled “Garbage Can Graffiti” based on a true story that was published Sep 2010 in the Friend magazine. She currently lives in Poway, California, with her husband, and three children. She is also the is author of “The Holy Ghost is like a Blanket” released August 2013.
Our second guest is COREY EGBERT, a freelance illustrator, in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia with his wife, son, and their cat. Besides The Holy Ghost is Like A Blanket, Corey is also the illustrator for the Niuhi Shark Saga series by Lehua Parker For more on Corey Egbert visit stevencoreyart.blogspot.com.
Heidi Poelman has always loved learning about inspiring people. Heidi received her degrees in communication from Brigham Young University (BA) and Wake Forest University (MA). Heidi is the author of A is for Abinadi a children’s illustration book from Cedar Fort Books.
Pamela R. Jensen was born into a family of 10 children, she was the oldest girl and second child. She spent a majority of her childhood entertaining her younger siblings. Drawing has always been apart of who she is, always sketching anything and everything.
Pamela now lives with her husband a retired farmer and miner in Grantsville, UT. They have five children, and ten grandchildren who love to draw with grandma. She has made some pretty impressive doodles in her time. With that in mind, Pamela is a doodle expert and LDS to boot. She is here to talk about her book Reverently, Quiely, a collection of Sacrament meeting appropriate activities.
Shannon Tracy, or S. Michael Tracy, is the author of a ground breaking book entitled, “Millions Shall Know Brother Joseph Again.” This book is unique in that is it not a biography, it is not a clinical research report, but it is a colorful, thought provoking history and treatment of all the objective information that has been compiled about the image and likeness of Joseph Smith. For years many have wondered if a picture of Joseph Smith existed as his death came around the beginning of the age of photography. Shannon explains some of the research content in his book and answers some of the questions from critics.
The old saying goes, a picture is worth 1,000 words. If that saying is true, then Kent Miles has probably composed more “words” than most. Kent Miles has been doing documentary photography for over 35 years. His mission is to invest the photographs I create with gracious honesty, enduring beauty, and significance that increases with the passage of time.