Jason Pruett – Episode 3.21

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:

http://www.jasonpruett.com/books.html


Olive Tree Sisters Interview – Episode 3.13

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.

 

To purchase a copy of The Olive Tree book, click here.


Michael Ash Interview – Episode 2.7

Michael R. Ash was born in Rockledge, Florida but currently lives in Utah.

Michael R. Ash is a veteran staff member of the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR), a former weekly columnist for the Mormon Times and has presented several papers at LDS-related symposiums. Ash is the author of  Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith, as well as, Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One’s Testimony In the Face of Criticism and Doubt. Ash has written more than 100 articles defending the faith which have been published by FAIR, FARMS, Sunstone, Dialogue, and on several LDS websites.

To purchase a copy of Michael R. Ash’s book’s, click here.

For a signed copy, of Shaken Faith Syndrome: Click here.


L.T. Downing Interview – Episode 165

Lisa Torcasso Downing is an award-winning writer and advocate for the advancement of Mormon Letters, Her writing career began in the 1990’s with fiction storiesfor young people in the Friend and New Era magazines. She then branched out in what she affectionately calls “unauthorized” mormon journals and magazines. She has served as editor for Irreantum, the literary journal published by the Association for Mormon Letters, as well as Sunstone.

 

Downing currently resides in Texas, though she has called both California and Utah her home. She received a Bachelors degree in English from Brigham Young University and an Masters from Texas A&M-Commerce. She taught writing at Collin College and is a proud member of the the up-and-coming Rowlett Writer’s Workshop. She is an active, believing Latter-day Saint, a wife of nearly 30 years and the mother of three. L.T. Downing as she is known in her writing, is the author of Island of the Stone Boy and Get That Gold!, the first book in the Adventures of the Restoration series.

For more information on L.T. Downing or to buy her books, click here.


Terry Gorton Interview – Episode 151

Terry Gorton was raised in Utica NY, (Home to what Terry considers the –home of the world’s greatest pizza) He was raised Catholic and was taught by nuns in Our Lady of Lourdes Grammar School

He went on to Notre Dame all boys HS- where he was an altar Boy;

In 1973 Terry joined the Army as Medic just as the Vietnam War was winding down. He served in Germany where his older brother also served and became of member of the LDS Church. It was Terry’s older brother who went on to baptize him in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1975.

After the Army, Terry served a mission to Belgium, Antwerp (Flemish-speaking) from 1977-79

After his mission, Terry attended BYU, Received Ph.D from Stony Brook University in NY (in Rhetoric and Literature) and has been teaching at BYU in Provo and BYUI in Rexburg for last fifteen years. Terry is the author of Messiah Made Manifest: Exploring the Book of Mormon as a Temple.


Betsy Love Interview – Episode 138

Betsy Love has always had a passion for writing. Now hailing from the Mesa, Arizona area where she has lived with her husband and their eight children, Betsy teaches English and literature in High School.

When she is not writing, or teaching, or gardening you can find Betsy buried in a book. She is the author of the books Identity, Mystics Tale, and SoulFire-A Book of Mormon Novel.

To purchase Betsy Love’s new book, SoulFire, click here.


Episode 107 – Interview with Rod Meldrum

Rod Meldrum is a researcher, author, and national lecturer on the Book of Mormon, its historical efficacy as well as the scriptural and physical findings that have been discovered. Rod shares his research in live presentations on his “Heartland model” in what has been described by the University of Chicago Divinity School as creating a “swelling movement within the Church.”

Rod began his study of issues surrounding the controversy over DNA and the Book of Mormon in 2003 which lead to questioning the origins of proposed geographical settings of the Book of Mormon. In addition he has completed intensive studies of the Book of Mormon itself and the historical background and documents associated with it. In 2007 he began sharing his research. Rod has produced two documentaries, DNA Evidence for Book of Mormon Geography, and the 5 disc DVD series, Book of Mormon Evidence. Rod is also the author of Exploring the Book of Mormon in America’s Heartland.

To purchase Rod Meldrum’s book Exploring the Book of Mormon in America’s Heartland, click here.