Ilima Todd was born and raised on the north shore of Oahu and currently resides in the Rocky Mountains. She never wanted to be a writer even though she loves books and reading. She earned a degree in physics instead. But the characters in her head refused to be ignored, and now she spends her time writing science fiction for teens. When she is not writing, Ilima loves to spend time with her husband and four children.
She is here to talk about her book that was a 2014 Whitney Award Finalist in the Young Adult Speculative Fiction, and best new author.
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Amy Harmon is a USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in several countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written several novels – the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her newest release, The Law of Moses, is now available and is a Whitney Award finalist. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at www.authoramyharmon.com.
Amy Finnegan writes her own stories because she enjoys falling in love over and over again, and thinks everyone deserves a happy ending. She likes to travel the world—usually to locations where her favorite books take place—and owes her unquenchable thirst for reading to Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling. Her debut novel, NOT IN THE SCRIPT, came about after hearing several years of behind-the-scenes stories from her industry veteran brother. She’s also been lucky enough to visit dozens of film sets and sit in on major productions such as PARKS AND RECREATION and PARENTHOOD.
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Stacy Lynn Carroll is the best-selling contemporary fiction author of The Princess Sisters trilogy. She has also recently published her first children’s book. Stacy started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English, learned how to wester swing, and watched as many of her fellow students become, “True Aggies.” She finished her bachelors at the University of utah where she added an emphasis in creative writing. After college she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer. She and her husband have three children, two corgis, and a fish named Don.
She is nominated for a Whitney Award for her book My Name Is Bryan.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Hannah L. Clark has always known she would be a storyteller. After graduating from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in English, she immediately began writing the book, Uncovering Cobbogoth.
Hannah has spent her life struggling with aixelysd, or dyslexia for those who don’t have it, in spite of her dream to one day become an author. Because of this, she is a huge advocate for those struggling with learning disabilities and encourages them never to give up on their dreams. One of her favorite parts about being an author is speaking to schools and book groups about dyslexia and how she has come to see it as a gift.
Hannah loves hanging with her sister/business partner Bekah, she loves running, mythology, soulful bluegrass music, studying alternative medicine, retro hairdos, and growing things. Like the heroine of her book, Norah, she kind of believes trees have souls. Hannah lives in Utah with family.
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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.”
Sarah Beard has a degree in communications from the University of Utah and splits her time between writing and raising three energetic boys. She is a cancer survivor and a hopeless romantic. She enjoys reading and composing music, and lives with her husband and children in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sarah Beard can be foudn on twitter at @authorsarahb, or on facebook.com/authorsarahbeard. Sarah Beard is the author of Porcelain Keys.
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