Stephen Valentine received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State University. Stephen loves history, hiking, cooking, reading, and traveling, especially to Disneyland. Stephen resides in Utah with his beautiful wife, talented children, brilliant Schnauzer, and massive J.R.R. Tolkien collection.
Chris Crowe, a professor of English at Brigham Young University, has published award-winning fiction and nonfiction for teenagers, poetry, essays, books, and many articles for academic and popular magazines. He married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth, and they are the parents of four children and grandparents of two beautiful granddaughters. They live in Provo, Utah.
He is the author of several books, most notably MISSISSIPPI TRIAL, 1955, which won several awards, including the 2003 International Reading Association’s Young Adult Novel Award. His nonfiction book, GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER: THE TRUE STORY OF THE EMMETT TILL CASE, was an Jane Addams Honor book. His first children’s book, JUST AS GOOD: HOW LARRY DOBY CHANGED AMERICA’S GAME, appeared in 2012. His newest book is a historical novel DEATH COMING UP THE HILL, released in October 2014. Death Coming Up The Hill is nominated as a Whitney Award Finalist for 2014.
Emily Bates grew up in Northern California, where she spent much of her young life happily closeted away with a book. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in German Linguistics, married a dashing young man from her study abroad in Germany, and now writes novels in English. She currently resides in Washington with her husband and their charming daughter.
From an early age L.R.W. Lee was a previous guest on The Good Word, Episode 163. During that episode we learned that L.R.W. Lee
Lee was married in 1992 and a few years later started her first business, an accounting practice. Later she would start and grow a multi-million dollar retail company in Texas.
After selling the business in January of 2012 she wrote the book, “ANDY SMITHSON: BLAST OF THE DRAGONS’ FURY.” She is back to talk about her next book, Book 2 in the Andy Smithson series. Andy Smithson: Venom of the Seprent’s Cunning. She is here to talk about book 3 in the Andy Smithson Series: Disgrace of the Unicorn’s Honor.
Being raised in a small farming community, Dustin Bradshaw thrives on adventure and challenge. Dustin lives by the theme, “If you want to accomplish something, do it!” It was with this attitude that Dustin penned his first book in third grade and, as a senior in high school, entered and won a literary scholarship that he was told no male has ever won. This same adventurous nature has helped Dustin achieve many of his life’s goals, including forming that country boy into a accomplished leader. Dustin is now a Foreign Service Officer for the United States Department of State. He and his wife, Lady Hiva, are now posted in Manila, Philippines and will soon be posted to Istanbul, Turkey.
You can find more about Dustin, COUNTING CANDLES or WHITE LILIES IN AUTUMN at the author’s website www.dustinbradshaw.com or on the blog www.dtbradshaw.blogspot.com
Terri Jeanne Muhlestein is not a name common among Latter-day Saint literature. Her married name Terri Pontius, might begin to sound more familiar, but as it is attached to her now late husband, John Pontius, author of the Journey to the Veil, Visions of Glory, The Triumph of Zion, Following the Light of Christ into His Presence, and the Millennial Quest series. The books Jenny’s Christmas Gift: A True Story, and Wee Three Kings” have been released posthumously by Cedar Forth and with Terri’s stamp of approval.
Annette Lyon has been writing ever since second grade, when she piled pillows on a chair to reach her mother’s typewriter. A cum laude graduate from BYU with a degree in English, she has had success as a professional editor and doing newspaper, magazine, and business writing, but her first love is writing fiction. She’s perhaps best known for her historical novels centered around the four old Utah temples.
Her most recent novel, Band of Sisters: Coming Home (January 2013) is the sequel to the Whitney Award-winning novel Band of Sisters.
One of the most rewarding parts of Annette’s writing career has been collaborating on The Newport Ladies Book Club series. Her first book in the series, Paige, was released in 2012. Her second, about the character Ilana, will be released early 2014.
Annette has won Utah’s Best of State medal for literary arts in fiction two times. In addition to being a Whitney Award winner for Band of Sisters (2010), she’s a two-time Whitney finalist, for Spires of Stone (2007) and Paige (2012). She has received five publication awards from the League of Utah Writers, including the Silver Quill Award in 2013.
When she’s not mothering, writing, editing, knitting, or eating chocolate, she can be found ignoring the spots on the kitchen floor. Her latest individual work is A Portrait for Toni.
Please visit http://www.annettelyon.com to purchase her various titles.
Few people understand the terrifying, yet realistic threat of computer hacking like Denver Acey. Denver has spent his entire professional career in the information technology industry where he has witnessed and even thwarted actual cybercrime. From his top-secret job working for the US government to securing computer networks at Fortune 500 companies, Denver is personally familiar with hackers and their unscrupulous activities.
But over the years, Denver has become increasingly frustrated with Hollywood’s inaccurate portrayal of cybercrime. Hackers are more intelligent and more sophisticated than simple teenagers, who guzzle down Mountain Dew while playing video games. Cybercrime is a billion-dollar business that encompasses organized crime and foreign governments. For these elite hackers, the fruits of success are iconic trademarks, innovative patents, and government secrets.
Because of his unique background, Denver decided to write a book to dispel hacking myths while highlighting the tenacity of cybercriminals. Utilizing actual computer hacking concepts and scenarios that he has experienced firsthand, Denver illustrates — in a simple way for even the non-techie to understand — how vulnerable we all are to cybercrime.
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.
Lauren Skidmore grew up in Kansas, with stints in Ohio and New York, and currently lives in Utah. She attended Brigham Young University where she earned a BA in English Teaching with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language and Japanese. She then spent a year in Japan teaching and traveling. She hasn’t made it to Europe yet, but it’s on the list and has been to 30 states in the U.S. so far. When she’s not exploring new places, you can probably find her on the internet with fifteen windows open and looking at just one more thing before actually getting something done. Lauren is the author of What is Hidden. For more information go to LaurenSkidmore.com