Andrew Hall was born in Whittier, California. He grew up in the Church and Served a mission in Kobe, Japan. Andrew attended school at BYU and the University of Pittsburgh where he received his PhD in Japanese History Andrew teaches courses in both Japanese and English.
Andrew and his wife have four children, all adopted, ages 15, 11, 11, and 6. Two boys we adopted as babies in the United States through LDS Family Services. The two girls were adopted in Japan, through the city of Fukuoka.
Andrew see’s Mormon literature is a hobby and is a participant in the Association for Mormon Letters group, where he reviews books, plays, and movies, and taking part in their online discussions. In 2000 Andrew started writing a “Mormon Literature Year in Review” article every year, going over the major literary works released that year, and reviewing the publishing news of the year. In 2012 Andrew received an AML “Special Award for Literary Journalism.”
RYAN RAPIER is an Arizona native and through the course of his life has come face to face with a rattlesnake more than once. For that reason alone, he would likely have left the desert behind years ago were it not for one thing—the luxury of year-round golf. When Ryan isn’t on the course or in front of a computer screen, he can usually be found chasing behind his four children or doing errands for his amazing wife in the isolated beautiful valley they have both called home forever. Ryan’s thoughts and opinions that concern nobody but himself can be found at his website http://www.ryansrapierwit.com . The Reluctant Blogger is Ryan’s first novel.
James Goldberg’s family is Jewish on one side, Sikh on the other, and Mormon in the middle. His plays, essays, and short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Shofar, Drash, The Best of Mormonism: 2009, and Jattan Da Pracheen Ithas. He won the 2008 Association for Mormon Letters Drama Award for his play Prodigal Son and the 2012 AML Novel Award for The Five Books of Jesus. Goldberg teaches composition and creative writing courses at Brigham Young University.
Stephanie Dibb Sorensen is a mother to three children. She likes to consider them publicly charming and privately relentless. She and her husband, Matt, recently landed in Utah after spending the first decade of their marriage in the South and the Midwest. Their family enjoys camping together and taking road trips, and Stephanie loves to use all of their life experiences as case studies in how we study, teach, and write about the gospel. After starting a blog several years ago, she discovered a passion for sharing real life stories mixed with real doctrine. From that journey came her book Covenant Motherhood. Stephanie teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Church History and Doctrine at BYU and presents regularly at Especially for Youth. When she’s not busy with her various projects, she loves napping, eating out at restaurants, reading books, taking long walks, and other activities that make no noise.
Bonnie Atkinson works with the non-profit organizations, Springville Community Alliance and MotherHope. Bonnie has a Bachelor of Arts from Kansas State University with a dual major in creative writing and history, and is 12 weeks from a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University. Bonnie is passionate about what she refers to as the four spheres of influence: children, church, community, and career. As an avid blogger for the past five years, Bonnie now is the founder, administrator, and a contributor to the multi-author blog community RealIntent.org – a site dedicated to Growing Faith, Strengthening Families, & Building Community. In her spare time, she’s also a really good Realtor.