Brock Booher grew up on a farm in rural Kentucky, the fourth of ten children, where he learned to work hard, use his imagination, and believe in himself. He left the farm to pursue the friendly skies as a pilot, and currently flies for a major US carrier. A dedicated husband and father of six children, he began writing out of sheer arrogance, but the writing craft quickly humbled him. During that process, he discovered that he enjoyed writing because it is an endeavor that can never quite be mastered. He still gladly struggles everyday to improve his writing and storytelling skills. Brock is the author of Healing Stone from Sweetwater Books, and is here today to talk about his book, sort of book, we’ll define it a little later, Return and Continue with Honor: A Guide for Returning Missionaries.
Nicole Carpenter is a mother of four, a communication consultant, columnist, and owner and operator of the popular blog MOMentity. She has a degree in Communications and Public relations and has now joined the ranks of the published author with her title 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family.
Jane Birch graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors in History and a PhD in Instructional Science. She currently serves as Assistant Director for Faculty Development at the BYU Faculty Center. Her accomplishments include creating BYU’s premiere faculty development program for new faculty, which she directed for 15 years. Her current work includes assisting BYU faculty in combining religious faith with academic discipline. Her academic publications and presentations cover a variety of topics, primarily related to faculty development. Jane Birch is the author of Discovering the Word of Wisdom: Surprising Insights from a Whole Food, Plant-based Perspective (2013).
A first time author, Jaci Green Wightman was raised in five different states before meeting her husband during her freshman year of college. Together, they’re now enjoying the daunting task of raising seven children born in just eight years. In 2012, Jaci was thrilled to graduate from BYU-Idaho with a degree in University Studies, a SHORT 21 years after postponing her schooling to start a family. Underneath all her outward busyness, however, Jaci is simply an ordinary woman who discovered an extraordinary Savior. Her greatest joy lies in teaching and testifying of the One who not only changed her heart, but also radically transformed her entire life. Jaci is the author of Body Image Breakthrough.
Karen W. John was born in the middle of a sibling group of nine children. During her childhood, she and her family performed singing, dancing and playing instruments as they traveled across numerous states and into several countries. This is where she believes she developed a great love for diversity and people. Although she loves to perform, her ultimate passion next to her husband of thirty-seven years and her five sons and their families, is using what she has learned to help others progress and grow.
She earned her Masters Degree in Social Work at Walla Walla University and is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has years of counseling experience including but not limited to individuals, marriage and family, and all forms of addiction. She has taught Social Work classes part-time at BYU-I and speaks often at the university and at ward and stake functions. She currently resides in the Rexburg, Idaho area. Karen is the author of Guilt Free: Using Remorse to Escape the Adversary’s Tool.
Nancy Phippen Browne is a retired journalist who has worked as an investigative reporter and editor for various newspapers and magazines across the country, including the Church News. Her writing background also took her into the field of public relations and marketing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1989 from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, served a full-time mission to Colorado, and has actively served in ward and stake callings throughout her life. Help Thou Mine Unbelief is her first book, but she is also a freelance writer, with articles appearing in a variety of publications, including the Ensign and This People magazine. Browne and her husband, Raymond Browne, reside in St. George, Utah. Between them, they have seven children and 20 grandchildren.
Teresa Hirst grew up in the Midwest with an imagination and creativity straight from the stories she poured through in her childhood. She put away her Harriet the Spy persona to attend Brigham Young University, where she studied journalism and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications, allowing her to engage in some legitimate people watching.
Today, she observes and tells insightful stories, both real and imaginary, that characterize our emotional experience with life. Teresa lives in Minnesota where enjoys time to cook in the kitchen with her family, sentimental movies, Sunday afternoon walks and great conversations.
Michelle Wilson writes light speculative fiction and inspirational non-fiction…but her first love is teaching and speaking. She likes to infuse humor and simple truths in what she writes and speaks about. Michelle has a passion for empowering women through humor and education.
She is a stay at home mom, and finds joy in her faith, family, laughter and anything chocolate. And she really, really love ice cream.
Michelle blogs at www.michellewilsonatlarge.com and is the author of the book Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?
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Amy Wilcox was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT. Her “day job” is a medical sales representative and business owner. She enjoys reading, sewing, organizing, baking, hiking, camping, rock climbing and almost anything outdoors. She is married and has 2 children; a daughter 22 who is in the psychology field, and a son 20 who is serving a mission in Philadelphia, PA. Amy or A.K. Wilcox is the author of The Wedding Bed: A Virgin’s Guide.
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Lacey West is a wife, mother, and registered nurse. She was born and raised in Delta Utah and graduated with honors from Southern Utah University in Nursing. She enjoys writing, spending time with family, playing the violin, sewing and fishing. Motivated by a desire to conquer her own depression, she spent years researching mental health topics. She is the author of Living in the Light. Joining us all the way from her home in Wichita, Kansas.